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

RAYS 6, Red Sox 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Pitchers are not always going to have their best stuff and the good pitchers will still find a way to grind through it and work 7+ innings. That was Alex Cobb last night. His velocity looked ok, as did the movement on his pitches, especially the change up. But he seemed to be leaving the change up in the zone a little too much, getting just one swing-and-miss and thus only 3 strikeouts on the night. But he only gave up 5 hits and the only extra-base hit (and run) came on what would have been a lazy fly ball to left field in any other park. Cobb’s best pitch of the night may have been his last one. With 2 runners on in the 7th with 1 out and the Rays still down a run, Cobb jammed Christian Vazquez with a nice inside fastball, getting him to ground weakly back to Cobb for the double-play.

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Wil Myers. Myers is starting to gain a lot of confidence in the outfield. He made a nice diving grab (with an awesome call by Dave Wills mocking Red Sox fans for mocking Myers). And Myers made another nice running grab heading into that funky right-field corner.

THE BAD: The Catchers. Ryan Hanigan went 0-4 last night and now Rays catchers are hitting .193 this season, LAST in the AL. They have an OPS of .523, LAST in the AL. They have hit 5 home runs, LAST in the AL. But the Rays sacrifice offense at that position for defense, right? They have 0 runs saved by throwing out base runners (rSB) which means they are completely average in the AL. They have -2.3 runs saved due to wild pitches and passed balls which is 11th out of 15 teams in the AL. Overall, they have a -0.3 WAR, LAST in the AL.

THE TELLING: Yunel Escobar sprained his knee on an awkward “slide” into home trying to avoid a tag. He is likely done for the season…Desmond Jennings did not travel to Boston and it appears his season is over also. He has not played since August 28…The Rays are now 34-19 in navy blue jerseys this season and 42-62 in all other jerseys…The Rays are now 76-81 and need to win their remaining 5 games to finish .500.


  • The MLB season is 31 days shorter than the NHL season, is also shorter than the NBA and MLS. [BI Sports]
  • We could see ads on baseball uniforms in the near future. [BI Sports]
  • Roger Mooney writes about the Rays needing to find more offense this off-season. []
  • Joe Maddon does not think MLB needs to speed up the game. The Rays play the slowest games this season, averaging 3 hours, 13 minutes. []
  • Some charts reviewing the Durham Bulls season. [WDBB]
  • The Bucs are not very good, but they are still one of the cheapest options in the NFL. [BI Sports]



1 Comment

  1. Gus says:

    Fix the catching, the SS and the "Balfour problem" and you've got a playoff team.

    There really are reasons for optimism. I'd also send Myers to Arizona for an extra 100 ABs or so; while his defense is better of late, he seems lost at the plate.


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