8-11-2014 8-56-53 PMThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 7, Rangers 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Drew Smyly. Smyly threw a career-high 7.2 innings and 116 pitches. In his first 2 starts with the Rays, Smyly has allowed just 3 runs in 13.0 innings (2.08 ERA) with 15 strikeouts and 5 walks. In his first 2 starts with the Tigers, David Price has given up 7 runs in 14.2 innings (4.30 ERA) with 16 strikeouts and 3 walks. This is not to say Smyly is as good as Price. But it goes to show that the difference between a Price and a Smyly over 2 months may not be that big. In other words, how many of Price’s starts would the Rays have won and how many of Smyly’s will they win? As of now, both teams have one win in those starts.

THE BAD: Mr Happy? Let’s file this under “what were the Rays thinking, when they decided to have a Mr. Happy giveaway?” I am sure the kids will love it, but it is also going to lead to awkward moments.

THE TELLING: Kevin Kiermaier was taken out of the game with what was called “precautionary reasons due to tightness in his lower back”…Wil Myers hit a grand slam in his second rehab start with the Durham Bulls…There is no update on the return of Ryan Hanigan which is worrisome…The Rays are now 58-60, 3 games behind the Yankees for third place in the East and 1 game behind Cleveland for fifth place in the Wild Card.


  • Meet Mo’Ne Davis, the biggest star at this year’s Little League World Series. She is also just the 7th American girl to play in the LLWS. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] In the first game of a double-header, the Durham Bulls were no-hit in a game that started earlier this season in another city. In the second game, Wil Myers went 2-3 with a grand slam and a stolen base. The Bulls lost 5-4.




  1. Joe says:

    Reading the article this morning on ESPN makes it seem like we sabotaged Detroit with the Price trade with all their other pitchers getting hurt. Now that they have the number 2 spot it would be funny if we ended up in a tiebreaker with them (of course against Price)

  2. AJNO says:

    Kermier to the 15 day DL, recall Myers, add Kermier to the expanded rosteer on Aug 30

  3. Gus says:

    Smyly has looked good both starts. Good for him.

    Glad to see Texas in the tank. That team and their steroid band of bashers had been a thorn in the Rays' side for so many years, I feel no sympathy there.

    The pennant race math has gone away from the Rays so much the last 4 weeks (can any NL team do anything when playing an AL contender?). This is the season where the adage -- you can't win the pennant in April and May but you sure can lose it then -- is all too true.

  4. Ken H says:

    Wonder if the Rays will push back Mr. 🙂 a day so that he starts on Sunday. He'd have a defacto bobble head given away.

  5. Mike says:

    Side note on the bobble head...Mr. Happy is from a line of kids books. Stu said on air during the Cubs in-game interview with Kalas, Sunday I think, that it was his idea b/c it was a favorite story around his house when his kids were little.


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