USATSI_8551712_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 5, Red Sox 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jake Odorizzi is turning into a very dependable starting pitcher. His latest outing was 7 innings, striking out 6, walking none, and giving up just 1 run. He has now worked into the 7th inning in all 6 of his starts this season and has allowed 1 or fewer runs 4 times…Rays starting pitchers lead the AL with a 3.24 ERA.  The Yankees are 6th, Orioles 10th, Blue Jays 13th, and Red Sox are dead last at 5.73…I have no idea what Joey Butler is defensively, but he looks like a legit big league bat and last night he hit his first big league home run. The problem is that he is basically Brandon Guyer and I am not sure it makes sense to keep both players when Desmond Jennings returns. It’s early, but Butler looks like the better bat while Guyer is probably the better glove…Steven Souza ended an 0-18 skid with a single in the 7th and then added a double in the 9th. Let’s hope this is the start of something good. Likewise, David DeJesus ended his 0-17 stretch with an RBI single in the first inning and went 2-4. While we are at it, Asdrubal Cabrera ended his 0-14 drought with 2 hits.

THE BAD: Rene Rivera’s offensive struggles continue with another 0-4 with 2 Ks. He now has 10 hits, 2 walks, and 24 strikeouts this season in 78 at bats. That’s about as bad as it gets…Steven Souza dropped a fly ball. That’s not good. But what was bad was Jake Odorizzi’s reaction. Ideally, a pitcher should never react to a defensive mistake because those same fielders are going to save the pitcher’s butt and on a team like the Rays, that will happen more often than not. That being said, a momentary look of frustration can happen and is understandable. What a pitcher can’t do is look annoyed. Maybe Odorizzi can get away with this because it is a rookie in right field. But a veteran would have a big problem with this.

THE TELLING: Astros Pitcher Dallas Keuchel was named AL Pitcher of the Month for April. His key stats: 0.73 ERA, 2.83 FIP, 22 Ks, 11 walks. Here are Chris Archer’s April stats: 1.64 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 42 Ks, 10 walks. So basically, starting him on short rest cost him Pitcher of the Month honors…Kevin Cash is now 0-11, tying the record for most consecutive challenges lost and he would probably be 0-12 if he had a challenge to use in the 6th inning when David Ortiz was nearly thrown out at second base on somebody else’s single to left field…Jake McGee will make his 3rd rehab appearance today...Nick Franklin will start his rehab assignment today…The Rays are 14-12, 2 games behind the Yankees.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Want a throwback Devil Rays batting practive jersey? [Mitchell & Ness]
  • The NFL Draft was dominated by the state of Florida. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls had the night off…The Biscuits lost 3-2 with both runs being driven in on a 2-run home run by SS Daniel Robertson. He also had a walk. Richie Shaffer was 0-3…Charlotte lost 9-1. Andrew Velazquez was 1-3 with a walk…Bowling Greenlost 6-4 with Brent Honeywell giving up 3 runs in 6 innings, all in the first. Justin Williams went 2-4.

Next Saturday is Star Wars night and it comes with a Han Longo bobblehead (the ticket discount was for yesterday only I believe).

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Todd Kalas!

5-4-2015 7-28-53 PM

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  1. Richie says:

    On the topic of Archer pitching on opening day:

    Some pitchers have dominated on shot rest. Some pitchers have been terrible on short rest. You never made a good case for or against either.

    Do you really care about AL pitcher of the month? If so you must be in an extreme minority. I can tell you that hearing about month old sour grapes isn't in any way interesting. I literally groaned when you brought it up yet again. Do you really expect anyone to believe that you have insight into an alternate universe where if Chris Archer starts on normal rest you know the outcome of that game?

    Obviously you care about this. A lot. Too much. It's one decision out of literally hundreds in a baseball season that you inevitably won't agree with. You've made it clear that you don't think Archer should have started on short rest. But to say you know what the outcome would have been had Archer not started on short rest is just delusional.

    Didn't Archer have normal rest for his last start? It was statistically worse than his opening day start. How is that possible?

    It's your blog, write whatever you want. But it's my time to read it and I'm really, really over hearing you gripe about this. I'll be back when I think it's safe not to read about it here (next month? next year?).

    Also, I think your Star Wars promotion is clearly months from now (when the new movie comes out?) not next week.

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    • Woodrow744 says:

      For those of you who don't know, that guy on I-275 weaving in and out of traffic, throwing beer bottles out of his window, and pounding the steering wheel? That's Richie.

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    • monte says:

      See you later, Richie. You don't own this blog and you're not required to read it. I found your attempt at castigating the blogger rather simplistic and amateurish. Enjoy your vacation. I'm glad to see you go.

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  2. JMN says:

    Souza Jr's a rookie first time playing at Fenway. The logistics of that field are hideous with the little alcove and the short wall there with the fans. With more experience playing at Fenway he would of made that catch.

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  3. Greg says:

    I'll let Jake make a quick grimace on an error like that. I was more upset that they gave Pedroia and Ortiz hits on what were obviously errors by Souza nad Forsythe, respectively. It was funny that in Fenway, the scorer gave the Red Sox guys hits but initially scored Loney's ball that Hanley lost after crashing into the wall an error! I believe the scorer is an official MLB scorer, so I don't think that bias comes into it, but definitely some strange scoring last night.

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  4. Woodrow744 says:

    The coffee tastes a little bit better in the morning when the Rays beat the Sox. Aside from Buchholz attempting to put more Rays on the DL, it was fun to watch and the game seemed in hand all night.

    We should also congratulate Yunel Escobar on a wonderful night. Notice to all Nationals fans, the chickens will soon come home to roost on your dugout.

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  5. Greg says:

    Guess we got the wrong former Rays catcher from Oakland. Vogt's tearing it up and Jaso's on the DL. Rivera has been awful and Justin O'Connor's hitting .195 at Double A.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      I also noticed that X-Rays Kazmir and Vogt carried the day for Oakland the other day. After his career opening super-slump it's good to see Vogt making a career for himself

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  6. Gus says:

    What is so laughable about Cork's obsession with the "short rest" opening day start is the fact that exactly one month later, in the same stadium, against the same O's team (which is, along with Toronto, the best offensive team in the AL), Archer turned in an identical performance on normal rest:

    Opener: 5.2 IP, 4R (3ER), 6 Hits, 1 BB, 5Ks
    Sunday: 6.0 IP. 4R (4ER), 6 hits, 4 BB, 5 Ks.

    We all get stuff wrong. No big deal.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Not to mention that had he started the season on normal rest he'd have pitched against different pitchers/teams for all starts thereafter which would certainly have had an impact on his stat line.

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      And let's give Keuchel a little credit for pitching lights out. I know W-L is passe' but he was 3-0 and his team won all 5 games he started in April. Archer had a good month and may have a great year so Rays fans can't afford to dwell on this nonsense any longer. We have enough to worry about with the rash of injuries, poor hitting, rookie managerial decisions, etc.

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