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

Yankees 11, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Entering last night’s game, the Rays had used an American League-high 8 different starting pitchers, including 4 rookies. The Rays have also had 5 different starting pitchers spend time on the DL (6 total trips to the DL). And yet, entering last night, the Rays’ starting pitchers led the AL with a 3.32 ERA…Logan Forsythe doesn’t get enough credit for the very Raysian season he is having. It ain’t pretty. But he makes plays defensively and his bat has been quietly productive. The Rays could do a lot worse than Forsythe…Have I mentioned that Joey Butler has a big league bat? He may be a guy that only succeeds with regular at bats and that may not happen if he is not dependable enough defensively. But the swing skills are there.

THE BAD: Alex Colome was just plain bad. Not two ways about it. You would have thought he was pitching at Coors Field, circa the 90s, based on the way home runs were flying out of the park. Colome gave up 4 home runs, one short of the team record. The last time a Rays pitcher gave up 4 home runs at the Trop came in 2008, by a kid named Scott Kazmir…Attendance was 10,619, the smallest crowd ever for a Yankees game at the Trop. It is yet another terrible sign for attendance and it looks bad for Rays fans. There is no defense. But at the same time, Yankees fans can’t claim 90% of the fans when there are 30,000 fans and then blame 10,619 on Rays fans and not the bandwagon-jumping local Yankees “fans”.

THE TELLING: Tim Beckham has started 5 straight games…Jake McGee appears to be on course to join the Rays this weekend…Matt Moore could start a rehab assignment as early as next week. Expect his rehab assignment to last the full 3 weeks which likely means 4-5 starts…The Rays are now 17-16, 4 games behind the Yankees.


  • Drew Smyly is still contemplating whether or not to have season-ending surgery. []
  • The pitchforks came out after I wrote about Andrew Bellatti yesterday which is not surprising. The people holding those pitchforks made some assumptions about what I wrote that were just flat-out wrong. I addressed those pitchforks here. [Rays Index]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Charlotte Stone Crabs game against the Clearwater Threshers was postponed due to a widespread case of food poisoning among Threshers players…Durham lost 9-4 with Dylan Floro giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. Jake McGee pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit, a walk, and striking out 2. Nick Franklin drove in 2 with 2 singles in 4 at bats…Montgomery was shutout 4-0. Starter Jaime Schultz allowed just 1 unearned run in 5 innings but did walk 5. Richie Shaffer was 2-3 with a double and a walk…Brent Honeywell gave up 2 runs in just 3 innings in Bowling Green’s 3-1 loss.




  1. Michael says:

    If those responses yesterday are what you consider "pitchforks", I think you need to grow a thicker skin. They all seem pretty measured and reasonable to me. Maybe some mild disagreement, but all very polite with nothing inflammatory.

    Also, the title of your post was pretty accusatory: "why are you terrible people rooting for a murderer??" I follow the Rays pretty closely and don't remember reading a single thing about this kid or that incident before you mentioned it.

    Rather than seeing any 'pitchforks' directed at you, it seems to me you're for some reason disappointed in the lack of pitchforks directed at Bellatti, when all Rays fans want is to see one of their young players succeed and help the team.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      1. the comments on here weren't the only responses.

      2. Thank you for proving my point by accusing me of saying something I never said ("why are you terrible people rooting for a murderer??").

      • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

        One can only assume that the inflammatory remarks were on other forms of social media because those here on RI were surprisingly mild.

        Also, are they waiting for a road trip to bring Franklin back?

  2. Starmand says:

    People and the spur-of-the-moment assumptions they make amaze me.

    For instance, some see two men holding hands in a corner of a street somewhere in Ybor City and they quickly assume that they are brothers.

    I mean, did it ever cross their minds that they could be cousins?

  3. edward williams says:

    every where I look I see how bad the rays fans are because they are not showing up for the games, aaaaaaaaaa. Can we please just read about the games, and it's not just here. (and here I am posting about it, again)It is in the paper everyday, it is becoming hard to be a rays and try to read about the team and all you see is " the attendance was 10,000 last night, the fans should be ashamed of themselves" , whatever. GO RAYS


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