USATSI_8007350_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Brewers 5, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD (I couldn’t come up with anything, so I outsourced today’s Good and asked some people on Twitter for something GOOD. Feel free to add your own in the comments): “we made it through July with a winning record?” [@RaysNurseK]; “Thundersticks!” [@AintNoThaaaang]; “Attendance was good today because of Parks and Recs day.” [@TBBaseballMkt]; “Yunel Escobar didn’t get tossed, we didn’t have to endure Garza spitting, AND Boston lost..again.” [@kleesprings]. Thanks, guys!

THE BAD: Rearing The Ugly Head. Let’s face it, this team is still not great offensively and that means occasionally they just won’t score and it doesn’t matter what the pitching does. At this point, the biggest offender is Evan Longoria. The Rays need more, plain and simple and he needs to figure it out soon. There is only so much that we can expect from James Loney and Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier. Over the Rays’ recent hot stretch (since June 11) Longo is hitting .240 with just 5 home runs in 41 games. The Rays need more.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 53-55, 3 games behind the Yankees for 3rd place in the East. More importantly, the Rays lost ground in the Wild Card, slipping behind Cleveland and into 6th place.


  • No surprise here, but Jon Morosi reports that the Rays are still open to making deals and “haven’t ruled anything out.” [@jonmorosi]
  • And maybe the least surprising development is Jayson Stark reporting that one executive described the current “Rays stance on trading Price” as “You’ve got to make it so they can’t say no.” In other words, nothing has changed. [@jaysonst]
  • Joel Sherman talked to an AL executive who thinks that not only are the Rays not trading David Price but he thinks the Rays are trying to trade for a bat. [@JoelSherman1]
  • Joe Frisaro of says the Marlins would have “heavy interest” if David Price were actually available. []
  • The positions that make the most money in baseball. [BI Sports]
  • Here is a fun read on Jonny Damon. [Sports on Earth]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresAlex Colome gave up just 1 run and 2 hits in 7 innings, but he did walk 5 with 5 Ks in the Bulls 4-1 win. Hak-Ju Lee went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and Mikie Mahtook was 2-5.




  1. Ken H says:

    Longo's struggles this year are far more relevant than the non-trade of Price. The Rays have shown the ability to overcome many obstacles in their yearly chase for the crown. What they have never been able to do is succeed when Longo isn't hitting. Cork's absolutely right. Longo had better show up very soon or it really won't matter if Price is traded or not. His AB in the first inning was a perfect example of the harm he is doing to this club. First and third, one out, a somewhat shaky kid on the mound and what happens. 5-4-3 DP, inning over. A big knock there changes the game. It' not the first time we've seen this happen. It has to stop happening, it's very deflating. Yes, the pitching staff rally's around Price. Similarly, our hitters rally around Longo.

    • Rob says:

      What I don't get is the lack of situational hitting. With two outs and nobody on and with a pitcher dealing, sure, go ahead and swing away at the first one (this actually doesn't seem to happen very often as the Rays - Longo especially - seem to take first pitch strikes all the time). But when you have a pitcher who is trying to find his groove and his teetering on giving up the booty in the first inning, let him dig his own hole a little bit before ripping one off. Longo should have been taking all the way there.

  2. Buddhaboy says:

    Has to stop happening. Its been happening for a long time. He had that slump, that turned into an issue, that turned into a bad season.

    This is who he is now. Dont want to be captain obvious, but ever since he met that playboy bunny chick, he has been the bad longo. For real, real talk.

  3. Rob says:

    I hate to say this, but Boston losing should be in the bad. They didn't help us out at all with Toronto.


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