The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.
RAYS 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Drew Smyly. Since the Rays traded David Price to the Tigers for Drew Smyly and a bucket of balls, Price has a 4.41 ERA in 32.2 innings and Smyly has a 1.50 ERA in 36.0 innings. Smyly already has 4 starts with the Rays in which he has worked 7+ innings. He did it 3 times in 18 starts with the Tigers. He is also just the second starter in Rays history to work at least 7 innings in back-to-back starts, allowing no more than 2 hits in either start.
THE BAD: Yunel Escobar. I know he had 2 hits last night. But even with those hits, Escobar has a .288 OBP and .586 OPS and has been worth -0.2 WAR since the All-Star break. And it is not just his offense. He has been a negative-defender this season. The problem for those that want him gone is 2-fold: 1) He is relatively cheap for a veteran shortstop that has the ability to be a good defender when his head is on straight; 2) the Rays don’t have a lot of other choices at shorts. Anybody think Tim Beckham is a good option for 2015? Hak-Ju Lee has had trouble coming back from his knee injury and is probably still a year away. In theory, the Rays could put Ben Zobrist over there full time but he doesn’t have the ideal range to play the position everyday.
THE TELLING: Evan Longoria’s forearm is still sore, but he returned to the field last night…The Rays are now 65-68, 11 games back in the East and 7.5 games behind the Mariners in the Wild Card.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
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- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Alex Colome was pounded for 7 runs (5 earned) in 5.2 innings as the Bulls lost 8-1. Mikie Mahtook accounted for the lone run with his 10th home run. Nick Franklin went 0-4…David DeJesus went 1-2 with 2 walks for Charlotte. Blake Snell struck out 7 and walked 2, giving up 2 runs in 6 innings. His ERA is now 3.94.