6-15-2015 9-23-14 PM

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, Nationals 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The score makes it seem like the game wasn’t close and it wasn’t supposed to be close in the 9th inning. The Rays entered the 9th inning up 6-0. But a walk and 3 singles scored 1 and left the bases loaded with Bryce Harper coming up and the tying run on deck. Harper ripped a line drive that appeared to be heading for the right field corner before Nick Franklin, positioned perfectly, leaped up and snared the ball and doubled the runner off of second base to end the game. If that ball gets by Franklin it is all of a sudden a 6-4 game with the tying run at the plate and just 1 out…Erasmo Ramirez does it again. 6 innings, no runs. Since going back into the rotation, Ramirez has 7 starts and in 5 of those he worked 5+ innings and allowed 2 or fewer runs. That is all you can ask for and he is delivering. Of course, the Rays can get away with that because they have such a deep bullpen this year and despite all the injuries the bullpen still gets a blow occasionally with great starts from Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi…All Joey Butler does is get hits. Also, apparently his nickname among teammates is Joey Butts (I also heard it is J Butts, but I digress). I like it…Steven Souza tied the club record with 5 walks…It was an out for the Rays, but I enjoyed bearded Ray Romano’s Gio Gonzalez’ reaction to what he thought was a home run by Asdrubal Cabrera.

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THE BAD: In Xavier Cedeno’s first 21 appearances for the Rays, he had a few big moments and posted a solid 1.50 ERA. But there were some red flags. Opposing hitters were batting .300 with a .364 OBP against him and in 12 innings he had 5 walks and only 9 Ks. Those numbers are starting to catch up to him now. In his last 2 outings, he has faced 10 batters. Of those, 5 got hits, 1 walked, and he struck out none. And if it weren’t for Nick Franklin’s glove above, it would be even worse and Cedeno probably doesn’t even finish the 9th inning when given a 6-run lead. With Jake Odorizzi now on the DL, the depth of the bullpen is going to be tested more than ever and there can’t be any weak links. Cedeno now looks like a weak link.

THE TELLING: Evan Longoria was hit on the wrist with a pitch. X-Rays were negative and he is listed as day-to-day. He said after the game that he thinks he could play tonight. We’ll see…The Rays may have lost 2 triple-A pitchers this week. Durham’s closer, Ronald Belisario, who had 17 saves and a 3.26 ERA has exercised his opt-out clause. Likewise, Matt Buschmann, who had a 3.89 ERA in 13 starts also has opted out of his minor league deal with Buster Olney speculating he will end up with the Red SoxBobby Wilson cleared waivers and will report to Durham…Matt Moore’s 3rd rehab start was rained out…It took 11 innings, but the Mets ended the Blue Jays 11-game winning streak…The Rays are now all alone in first place in the AL East, 1.0 game ahead of the Yankees. The last time the Rays were 2.0 games up in the AL East was May 18, 2011.


  • The Rays may actually re-sign Ronald Belisario and add him to the big league roster. [TampaBay.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Richie Shaffer hit his 8th triple-A home run in Durham’s 6-3 win. JP Arencibia was 3-5 and now has multiple hits in 6 of his last 12 games, raising his average from .213 to .239…Blake Snell gave up 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings in Montgomery’s 4-2 loss…Bowling Green lost 7-3 to Wisconsin. Riley Unroe was 3-4.

OK, maybe a few hundred of these people would have gone to the Rays game last night. Instead they were at Amalie watching the Lightning in the Cup Final (via @CBCD_Gasparilla).

The Rays are installing special high-speed cameras at The Trop to measure the performance and mechanics of pitchers.

Chris Archer and David DeJesus seemed to enjoy Steven Souza’s walk-up music.





  1. Rob says:

    Can Belisario take Cedeno's place?

  2. Drew S says:

    Also to be included in The Good: Kevin Kiermaier singlehandedly creating a run in the second inning. He turned a routine groudball single up the middle into a double, then stole third, then scored on a fly to center. He is the freaking man.

  3. Gus says:

    We were laughing at Franklin's 1st base glove -- it looked like it was brand new, he was a totally bewildered by its massive size, but he brought the ball down like he was playing Jai Alai at the Tampa Fronton. Also started to swing it a bit the last week. Maybe there is a player there after all under all of that initial failure. Glad to see it.

    What Jim Hickey and the Rays have done with Erasmo is award-worthy. You have to say when Moore comes back next Friday-ish, it won't be in Erasmo's spot anymore (hopefully last night's rain out gets him off of Erasmo's day in the rotation so Cork can sleep at night that Moore will have the proper rest coming into his first start, since it messed up Archer's season so badly). 🙂

    • Rob says:

      When Moore comes back, I assume he will take Andriese's spot in the rotation, right? Maybe Andriese goes back to the bullpen? But when Odo comes back does he replace Colome or Erasmo? At this point, I think I would rather see Erasmo than Colome, but things can change so quickly over the course of a few weeks. I think Karns is up for good.

  4. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Franklin, although quite the disappointment thus far, is a talented player. He wasn't just a throw-in in the DP trade, he was a big part, so as much as I haven't liked what I've seen, we have to believe that his talent will find him eventually... the sooner the better.

    • edward williams says:

      ok so I meant to click on like not dislike, mr, smith sorry. I hope franklin does come through but , he just doesn't look like it. I wouldn't feel so uncomfortable about his bat, that might come around , but his glove , has a lot of questions and i'm not even counting first base since he never played there. Well some how some way the rays are getting it done, so GO RAYS !!!!!!


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