Evan Longoria

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

Rangers 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The Rays lost by 1, but it could have been a lot worse if not for some stellar defense. Logan Forsythe ran a long ways to make a grab near the dugout, crashing into the wall (video). Tim Beckham saved at least one run with a sliding stop in short right field to end the 7th inning (video). But those were just second and third-star to Evan Longoria’s crazy over-the-shoulder sliding grab in the 8th inning. Just Longoria doing Longoria things.

THE BAD: Of course, the worst news this weekend was that the Rays are losing yet another starting pitcher for the year as Drew Smyly will need surgery for a tear in his labrum. At this point, we are no longer “testing the pitching depth of the Rays’ organization.” We are past that. There is no more depth. Matt Andriese started on Saturday and lasted 3.2 innings and there is no other pitcher in triple-A that you would want to start at the big league level, unless you have a lot of confidence in Enny Romero who just came off the DL and made his first triple-A start of the season. Erasmo Ramirez is most likely to make the next start as he was not available on Saturday having thrown 3.2 innings on Thursday. Don’t be surprised if the Rays find a veteran starting pitcher either off the scrap heap or via trade, somebody who can at least come in and be counted on to pitch 6 decent innings each time out…You guys know I don’t complain about the umpiring very often but the home plate umpire yesterday, Mike Eastabrook, was an absolute joke. First of all, his strikezone was horrible, but that happens. What was terrible was getting uppity when Kevin Cash was arguing from the dugout and then ejecting Cash while at the same time yelling “GET THE F*CK OUT OF HERE!”

THE TELLING: The Rays brought up Matt Andriese and Andrew Bellatti from Durham and sent Jake Elmore back to triple-A on top of Drew Smyly going on the DL…The Rays now have 12 players on the DL including 5 on the 60-day DL. Drew Smyly will almost certainly become the 6th player on the 60-day DL whenever the Rays need a 40-man roster spot…The Rays have already used 38 different players (including 20 different pitchers) the most in MLB…After starting the season 0-11 on challenges, Kevin Cash finally got a call overturned…Evan Longoria was back at third base on Sunday after to straight games at DH as he was still recovering from whatever bug was going through the clubhouse…Can’t recall if we mentioned this already, but the Rays have released 2011 first-round pick Kes Carter…The Rays remain in second place in the East, 3.0 games behind the Yankees and 1.0 game ahead of the Blue Jays.


  • Drew Smyly will have a second MRI today as he seeks a second opinion on his shoulder. [TBO.com]
  • The Rays have signed an outfielder from Cuba. His strength appears to be speed and defense and the early estimates are that he is either a triple-A player who could see time in the big leagues when needed or he could be a productive 4th outfielder at the big league level. [Baseball America]
  • It’s almost like some of our commenters are leaving comments on short rest. [Rays Index]
  • The Rays’ injuries are now spawning jokes. [Reddit]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls improved to 19-12 with a 5-1 win over Syracuse. Enny Romero, who could find himself in the Rays’ rotation in near future, pitched 5 shutout inning with 4 Ks and 1 walk. Mikie Mahtook and Allan Dykstra both hit their second triple-A home runs of the season. Nick Franklin went 0-3…Montgomery lost 10-4. Daniel Robertson went 0-5. Richie Shaffer had a double and an RBI in 5 at bats.

Peter Gammons discusses the “culture” of the Rays pitchers.





  1. phil says:

    hoping Enny Romero can make the next step...after a good first start at AAA....

  2. Starmand says:

    Better short rest than extended rest.

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    Actually yesterday's game also could have been a lot better if there hadn't been 2 different strike zones applied by the HP umpire. Anything Texas threw withing 8 inches of the plate was called a strike yet the Rays had a strike zone the size of a postage stamp. There's no excuse for this kind of umpiring and I can now actually (unfortunately) foresee the day when strikes are called by a computer/video system.

  4. Geoff Peterson says:

    Gammons must have been drunk. I've never seen him get through an entire report about the Rays without taking some sort of jab, usually about attendance.

  5. Rob says:

    Cobb is going to miss nearly two full seasons. Talk about a bump in someone's career.

    • phil says:

      TJS is supposed to be 12 plus months possible he comes back in July of 2016?

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        Usually closer to 16 months before they get back on the bump in the bigs.

        • Rob says:

          I think I read September 2016, so if that's true he will miss all of 2015 and all but one month in 2016.

    • Dave L says:

      Rob is effectively right in the fact that the first few months after TJ the guy isnt what he was, its usually the next year he is back to form or like after the AS break if he was cleared in spring training. Just not throwing for an entire year when he has been groomed as a MLB pitcher since he was a little kid is enough to get you one off his game.

      So we won't likely see the bulldog Cobb until 2017.

      That theory will be soon tested when MM comes back, and all guys are different. I hope they both prove us wrong but if MM starts off slow I won't be concerned.

  6. OriginalTom says:

    I would place Forsythe' base running in the 9th in the bad. He should have tied the game on Loney's single.

    • Ken says:

      I totally agree. Maybe Montoya should share some of the blame. Clearly both Logan and Montoya didn't pick up the flight of the ball or the sound of broken bat contact. Loney was waving him around half way up the first base line.

  7. angrybuddha says:

    A lot has been written about the huge 2011 draft class, but I've been tracking individual players that we drafted vs. the guys we lost in order to get all those supplemental draft picks. There's not a lot of value to it, but it's interesting... to me, anyway.

    At this point, we've cut the supplemental picks we got for Rafeal Soriano (1 of the 2 of them), Chad Qualls, and Joaquin Benoit (that last one was Kes Carter).

    Currently in A-ball: the two guys we got for Grant Balfour & one of the two we got for Carl Crawford (Grant & Carl were type-A FAs)

    Currently in AA-ball: guys we got for Brad Hawpe (remember that slick move by Friedman?), Randy Choate, and the other Crawford pick

    Currently in AAA: The other guy we got for Soriano (Mahtook).

    • Ken says:

      What's also interesting is the number of ballplayers we passed on that are now playing in MLB.


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