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

Red Sox 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: It is hard to win a game when the offense doesn’t score a run, but Drew Smyly sure tried, not giving up a hit until Mookie Betts’ solo home run to lead off the 6th inning. That would be the only run he would allow and he would give up just 1 other hit…Kevin Kiermaier was doing Kevin Kiermaier things. Even David Ortiz seemed impressed.

THE BAD: Matt Silverman did not sound very optimistic while discussing Alex Cobb during the game: “Hopefully he gets back pitching this year, but if not we’ll have to look at the alternatives”…The Red Sox only had 5 hits, but 2 of them were solo home runs by leadoff hitter Mookie Betts…The offense had 8 hits, but all of them were singles and the Rays were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

THE TELLING: Drew Smyly didn’t give up any hits in the innings he worked on normal rest…Evan Longoria picked up hit No. 1000 [Video here]…This was the 4th time the Rays have been shutout.


  • Alex Cobb is indeed going to try to pitch with the tear in his elbow. []
  • Matt Silverman called Grant Balfour accepting an assignment with the Durham Bulls a chance for the reliever to get a true Spring Training. Balfour spent most of March in Australia with his ailing father. []
  • Former Rays pitcher Kyle Farnsworth is now a defensive lineman for a semi-pro team and he is leading the team in tackles and sacks. []
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Andrew Bellatti had his best start yet in Durham’s 7-0 win, throwing 5 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Jake McGee pitched a perfect inning of relief on his rehab assignment, striking out 1. Nick Franklin started his rehab assignment and went 1-3 with a single and a strikeout. JP Arencibia had 4 hits including 2 home runs. CF Corey Brown had a double, triple, and a home run…Willy Adames went 3-4 in Charlotte’s 4-0 loss…Casey Gillaspie hit his 5th and 6th home runs of the season, driving in 4 in Bowling Green’s 8-6 win.




  1. Matt says:

    With Moore hopefully returning closer to June, I still think our rotation can propel us to a division title, and certainly a wild card. The fact that the rest of the AL east is pretty weak pitching-wise definitely helps. As long as we can avoid any more debilitating injuries (fingers crossed), we should still hang in there. It just means Karns and Colome have to step up their game, since the offense will likely be laying down a few more games like last night.

  2. phil says:

    Get McGee back and the bullpen is solid....Colome has to step up tonight big start for him.. They need another bat (DH) not sure when and how effective Jaso will be when he comes back and a backup catcher who can hit.

  3. Starmand says:

    I truly enjoyed the American Pickers episodes last night.

    The game, not so much.

    Go Bolts! And Rays too!

  4. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    I can see a backup catcher change in the future (Arencibia) ...

    • Gus says:

      Arencibia needs to be on the team, one way or the other. His offensive MLB resume is stronger than 6 or 7 players on the team even before he started mashing at Durham. Make him the new Jaso for now, and if his defense isn't too bad, let him catch some.

      Last night was actually a game where they generated base runners, just couldn't put together a clutch at bat. Happens. But Boston was there to be beat. Frustrating they didn't pull it off.

      • OriginalTom says:

        Arencibia is horrible. Salty is a much better fit.

        • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

          Salty doesn't fit at all! His BA and OBP are at all time lows, and his defense is abysmal. Did you look at any data or just spout that off without doing any research?

          • OriginalTom says:

            Is tis enough research?

            1) He has had only 33 PA this season so I discount that due to Sample size.
            2) He has a career OBP of .310 and SA of .415.
            3) He did have a down season last year but his OBP was still .320 and his SA was .362 while playing in a pitchers park. I cannot remember the last time we had a catcher with an OPS of .682.
            4) His defense has always looked fine to me. Fangraphs has him at slightly above average and Baseball-Ref has him slightly below average.
            5) They would only need to pay him the league minimum.

            There may be other reasons the Rays do not want him that I am not aware of but he sure looks to me like a good fit.

          • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

            Well, I'm glad you did some research, but you can't completely dismiss a horrible offensive end of '14 and even worse beginning of '15.

            Furthermore, his defense is nowhere near good; he's thrown out a mere 22% of basestealers for his career and an even worse 19% in 2014. It's also widely believed that he's a horrible framer. Last season Saltalamacchia was dead last in the league in framing coming in at at 24.4 runs BELOW average. To compare, Rene Rivera was the fifth-best pitch-framer in baseball at 18.3 runs above average.

          • Dave L says:

            You guys and your rapidly declining has beens with zero upsides and never had basic defensive catcher skills to fall back on when thier bat went to sleep.

            Plus the baggage that I dont think smells good

            I'll take 50% Rivera and 50% whoever is in Durham or wherever now.

            At least Rivera is trying and still a pretty good backstop despite all they piled on his plate.

          • OrigialTom says:

            "You guys and your rapidly declining has beens with zero upsides and never had basic defensive catcher skills to fall back on when their bat went to sleep"

            Arenciba IS at Durham. I am saying I would rather have Bobby Wilson than Arencibia.

            (Could not reply directly to Dave L)

    • Geoff Peterson says:

      Saltalamacchia is now available too. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Rays give him a look if they think he is better than Arencibia.

  5. Alex says:

    Anyone notice a trend of the Rays giving up on mediocre defensive catchers and it coming back to bite them because they start hitting? Stephen Vogt is tearing it up. We had to re-trade for Jaso. Chirinos was relatively productive last year.

    • Rob says:

      I always liked Vogt and hated to see him go. I also think he would spell Longoria at 3rd during spring training in 2011, so he had some versatility too.

      • Dave L says:


        After his 0-31 here and his departure I read no defenders here in the RI comments section or anywhere in Rays land for that matter.

        If you can cite some contemporaneous post lamenting him leaving I will apologize, otherwise I say hogwash.

  6. Dave L says:

    One problem big problem is they are using Rivera way too much. Last year he started barely over half the games. This year he has started so many games at catcher and on 2 off days had him start at 1st and DH even inexplicably. He's had 3 total days off??? Hes a lifelong backup catcher for God sakes. Give him a break. He will break down at this pace within 3 weeks then where will we be???
    Last year at this time his best (only good) offensive year he only appeared in 10 games not 24! He's sucking historic bad at the plate the other day his OPS+ was -0.00 what the hell is that? Remember he had a 3 hit game so his numbers in the others were even worse.

    Welcome! Here learn an entire new staff. Double your playing time, on your day off moonlight at 1st base. No wonder he's a mess of a hitter.

    • Gus says:

      Amen to this. He needs a vacation. Rays did the same thing to an even older Molina. I am for Arencibia, but Wilson might deserve a few more at bats/


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