USATSI_8035425_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Yankees 4, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Joyce. Sweet Swingin’ is still hitting very well since the All-Star break but with very little power. He had 2 more singles on Sunday, and is now hitting .319 since the break with a .443 OBP (.400 wOBA). However, he has just 1 home run in 24 games of the second half. Of course, only Evan Longoria (4) and Ben Zobrist (3) have more than 2 home runs since the break.

THE BAD: Unlucky. Jeremy Hellickson looked strong through the first 4 innings. Then, in the 5th inning, after getting the first 2 batters, Hellickson gave up a walk and a double to put 2 runners in scoring position with 2 outs. With 2 strikes on Brett Gardner, Hellickson threw a pitch in the dirt that got away from Jose Molina. Gardner, knowing there were 2 outs and 2 strikes, waved for Stephen Drew to try to score. Drew started but returned to third base. If Drew had gone home, he would have been out and the inning would have been over. Instead, on the next pitch, Gardner singled up the middle and the Yankees took a 2-1 lead. They would eventually score 3 runs in the inning and never give up the lead…Defense. There was the bad throw by Evan Longoria. And then there was this. Not ideal.

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THE TELLING: Wil Myers homered for Durham (see video below) and is expected to be activated for Tuesday’s game. Myers will likely take the spot of Vince Belnome who was called up on Saturday, replacing Brandon Gomes, who replaced Cole Figueroa earlier in the week…Ryan Hanigan is working out with the team but there is no schedule for his return. David DeJesus has started a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Rays. However, he felt soreness in his hand after the first game and it is unclear when he will play again…The Rays are now just 10-10 in their last 20 games. That’s not going to cut it. They are 61-63, 2.5 games behind the Blue Jays for 3rd in the East and 1.5 games behind Cleveland for 5th in the Wild Card…


  • Joe Maddon declined to do the ice bucket challenge after being challenged by several people, including Bud Black. However, Maddon did say he would double his donation to ALS research. []
  • Mo’Ne Davis is awesome. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresMike Montgomery allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in just 3.2 innings in Durham’s 10-5 win. Wil Myers hit a long home run to center field. Nick Franklin went 3-5 and Ali Solis went 2-3 with his 3rd home run…Richie Shaffer was 2-3 with a double in Montgomery’s 7-3 loss…Willy Adames went 2-5 for Bowling Green. He also committed his 23rd error of the season…





  1. Rob says:

    What a disastrous weekend of baseball.

  2. Craig says:

    I went to the Durham Bulls game last night. First time I've seen some of the players, Montgomery and Franklin in particular. Some observations with the caveat I'm just a fan and have no kind of baseball expertise:

    1. Montgomery looked like a future long reliever last night.

    2. Franklin was playing SS and does not set up before the pitch. Fontenot was over there getting set and hustling like a 20 year old. Franklin looked like he was just standing out there. I will be curious to see how his defense comes along.

    3. Lueke looked really bad. It doesn't help I see him and know John Jaso was the price for him.

    4. Good to have the chance to see Myers before he heads back to St. Pete.

  3. Ken H says:

    Thankfully this weekend's performance burst whatever bubble of a chance the Rays may have had to play meaningful games in September. As usual, the young pitchers showed up and pitched well. The old pitchers looked, well, old.
    The lineup looked and performed like they have for most of the year, poorly.
    This off-season will be interesting to watch. Starting pitching looks pretty solid going into next year. Relief pitching looks promising if a couple of AAA guys can compliment what's already there. Somehow, if we can rid ourselves of Balfour, Peralta, DeJesus, Molina, Joyce and Escobar we'd have a savings of 20+ mil.
    Infield and outfield positions seem to me to be up for grabs. That's where a creative roster configuration must begin. Zorilla has got to stay, he's affordable, versatile and knows the system. Loney, too! Look at the FA's for 2015. There's nobody better and cheaper. Longo will bounce back, gotta believe that. Hopefully Myers too.
    Aside from those four guys, who stays and who goes? Jennings, Kiermayer, Guyer, SRod, Franklin, Forsythe, all have similar skill sets. Minors leaguers' not much too shout about, so what to so?
    We desperately need a power bat at DH. Who that may be I have no clue.

    • Skateman says:

      "Thankfully this weekend's performance burst whatever bubble of a chance the Rays may have had to play meaningful games in September" - says true Rays fan, Ken H.

      • Ken H says:

        Skateman - "thankfully" was inserted only to emphasis what all "true" Rays fans have known for awhile but refused to accept: this is a .500 ball club. Next year it will be a .500 ball club. The year after, and the year after, and so on.
        The incredibly poor drafts of 2010 and 2011 have ensured that. 31 #1 and #1S picks and one is playing at AAA. Price is gone, there's no one left to trade to get that young slugger we need. Our hitting saviors of that trade are playing in AAA (Franklin .200 after a 3/5 game) and Low A (Adames .280 with 24 errors at SS).
        We can't compete in spending $$'s with any of the teams in our division. How do we move forward? A la Bucs of the "Sombrero" days the Rays will be erecting party tents for the Sux, Yanks, O's and Jays fans in the empty parking lots around the stadium. Shoot, we'll probably hook up with a travel agency to offer "c'mon down" packages. Gotta make a profit somehow.

        • Skateman says:

          So you're telling me that as a true Rays fan you would rather

          1. The Rays lose to show how right you are about Friedman being a terrible GM


          2. The Rays win, make the playoffs, and have a shot at the World Series, but this proves you were wrong about Friedman.

          Long story short, you'd rather win your argument than watch your team win. Some fan.

          • Ken H says:

            You obviously don't read posts thoroughly, but rather react to keywords ala Facebook, twitter and all that other nonsense. The Rays had to sweep the Yanks. Do your math. They didn't, not due to excellent effort by a very good young staff but because their line is anemic.
            I'm "thankfully" moving on to next year as this year is in the books.
            If you care to defend the the draft pick issue go ahead. I didn't pick those players, Friedman did. If you can provide concrete examples of position players down on the farm do it.
            I don't give a rats ass about Friedman, Silverman or Stewie, personally. I'm a fan of the team not the brass.
            I want a franchise whose mantra is to win meaningful games in OCTOBER, not SEPTEMBER.
            Until a salary cap is instituted in MLB the Rays are screwed under Sternberg's self proclaimed economic model of sustainability, wall street speak for profit margin.
            Let me educate you on "moneyball". Billy Beane's GM salary is predicated on winning. He has a 10% ownership of the team, contingent on...winning. Friedman get a check either way. What a concept.
            Did you enjoy attending Saturday and Sunday's games? I didn't. I hate watching a team play uninspired baseball.
            In sports, ownership always has to balance the risk vs reward factor. Rate our ownership on that basis.

          • Lane Meyer says:

            Cheer up Ken, life's too short. We have a competitive team most every year and usually surplus pitching to trade for bats. While we haven't had success drafting catchers or Shortstops, we have at OF and also done a good job developing position players developed from other organizations. Maybe Adames grows out of his errors, maybe he becomes a 1B or OF. He's only 18. Frankin has some pop and should be a decent answer at 2B with hopes he can progress at hitting for average. Smyly looks like a good #3 or #4. The Yankees and Red Sox appear to be heading into a few lean years as Boston's farm isn't as good as it's rating and the Yankees is nonexistent. A's can't sustain their level of play going forward, Angels are aging at key positions and Detroit will be spending a ton on pitching or will be letting them go free agent. The Rays will stay competitive.

  4. Ken H says:

    Thanks Lane. Rays fan from the get go. Fan, not an expert. I get emotional, fans are prone to that. I needed your comment.
    Until something is done about salary distribution I fear the Rays are "just" competitive. I'm 66, first a NY Giants fan, then Met and finally Rays. Small market teams can't afford one bad FA signing or questionable trade.
    The Yanks currently have 600+ Million obligated moving forward, that's ten years worth of Rays. "Miracle Mets" happen only so often, and there wasn't the FA rule then. Martin Prado batting 9th, that ain't right.
    Go Rays.

    • Lane Meyer says:

      It's going to be hard being more than just competitive in baseball until a cap exists. The Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc will always spend the most on free agents regardless of our ownership or attendance as they'll always have more income based on market size. And yes, we will swing and miss on some free agents but remember where we came from prior to current ownership. You can't just constantly blame management for lack of results, they have to try something which means taking a chance on bullpen arms, DH, formerly good players coming off injuries, etc. Sometimes it will work and sometimes it won't.

  5. Hurricanes says:

    Ken H:

    As I've acknowledged before, you are on your game and accurate as hell. Keep up the good work. There are so many of us out here who totally agree with you. I could join in and say all you've said and add more facts, but it would only amount to repetition. Like you and so many more I know, we are long time fans who truly understand the game and what it takes to build a winning team. And, like you, we are diehard Rays fans, and that's why it upsets us so much to see what management is delivering to us.

  6. Jim says:

    I am pulling for us to go undefeated for the rest of the year, but I’m not going to lie, I wanted us to stop the winning streak before the trade deadline. We needed to move Price and others for the future of the team.

    I truly believe that we didn’t move “others” due to thinking we were out of the Div but still in the Wildcard. We had way too many rumors not to have real interest in players other than Price.

    Like I’ve said a million times, the miracle season will haunt this team and Joe Maddon for years. If the Orioles wouldn’t have matched our run we would be chasing a dream all year, no moves, no trades, and no results. Every time that Price would have started after the deadline, we would all be praying for no injury. That was my biggest fear, not trading him, getting injured, getting nothing for him, and then what would we have done with his 1 remaining year. It was a nightmare for both Price and the Rays if it had happened. THANKFULLY the Orioles made the decision for us and we don't have to sit on pins and needles for every Price start.

    The failure of this year’s team falls at AF’s feet. Way to many misses in the offseason. Hell, this season’s misses made signing Pat Burrell look like a great move, even after we cut him.

  7. Jim says:

    We all went from "yes, finally, we have a real DH, to WTF did we sign?" That one truly hurt!!!!!

    I honestly get the exact same feeling about Balfour and sadly Hanigan.

    Balfour's best days are obviously behind him both physically and mentally. Hanigan isn't durable enough to be an everyday catcher. You can't have a catcher that visits the DL with Hammy and Oblique issues. There simply isn't time to heal, at that position and I have to question his toughness and motivation after signing a multi year deal. Bash away at Molina all day long, but for a catcher his size and age, it's a miracle that he has this many games left in him.

  8. edward williams says:

    Great comments from everybody, I have been saying from the beginning of the season that i am going to trust af ,i didn't think this team was built for the playoffs, I thought one and done. I am getting tired of hearing at least we can play meaningful games in sept, and oh we have won 90 games. I always thought that the idea was to win the world series, don't get me wrong it has been a lot better than the devil rays days, but with winning comes higher expectations. I also think that the rays could spend more, lets be honest do we really think bringing in 25,000 (which is what stu said he would like) is going to increase the payroll, I believe that they could spend more but choose not too, and that is thier choice, but if you can't spend the money than maybe you should sell the team. This has been a good ownership the only thing that they do wrong i think is complain about how bad it is , that they don't have the revenue's that the yankees and others have, now correct me if i am wrong, (and i mean it) but i swear that i had heard that the rays collect 35 million in revenue sharing plus 25 million from the new tv contract last season for all mlb teams, plus other stuff that i don't remember, so that is 60 million by itself. The payroll was 80 something million , so they can't afford to spend over 20 million in payroll. If anybody has any idea about what they recieve please tell me if i am wrong. They can't afford to pay price, i don't believe it, now i wouldn't pay him over 20 million because he only plays one day a week, but im also not happy with the trade. Anyway i hope everybody has a great week , GO RAYS


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