Mat Andriese

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

Blue Jays 8, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Steve Geltz has now retired 28 batters in a row, a reliever’s perfect game…Kevin Kiermaier is so fun to watch and makes games like this bearable. He had 3 more singles and a stolen base. But how many of those singles did he hit the ball and our first thought (and maybe his) is, will he go for second base? All of them? And how many times is he on base and he rounds one base and you are actually surprised when he is held up? Every time?…The Rays’ 5 stolen bases were the most in a single game since July, 2012. That’s good news if you harken for the days of the Rays running wild on the bases.

THE BAD: Jose Bautista hits home runs. It happens. Jose Reyes? He can be a very good hitter at times and when he goes deep, you just shrug your shoulders. But you can’t give up a home run to Dioner Navarro who has one of the slowest bat speeds in MLB. That home run tied the game in the 4th inning before the Jays exploded for 4 runs in the 6th…Asdrubal Cabrera lost his god damned mind. He also lost his bat and helmet after throwing them on to the field. Joe West took the equipment and handed it to the umpire’s locker room attendant (see video below). Was the ejection quick? Maybe. I was actually surprised Cabrera wasn’t ejected immediately when he slammed his bat on the plate.

THE TELLING: “Best case” for Jake Odorizzi is he will be back in 2 weeks, per Neil SolondzJohn Jaso is hoping to start a rehab assignment later this week, per Mark Topkin…The Rays are 40-32, but still have a 1-game lead over the Yankees in the East. The Blue Jays are now just 2 games behind.


  • Rays starting pitchers are dead-last in pitches per start and it is at least partially by design. [USA Today]
  • The course of the Rays’ stadium situation could change with the upcoming city council election in St. Pete. []
  • The Daily News’ Power Ranking has the Rays at No. 6. [NYDN]
  • Congrats, Rays fans! Your grammar and spelling is above average. []
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Charlotte won a rain-shortened game 2-0 with Taylor Guerrieri tossing 4 shutout innings on 1 hit and 1 walk. He struck out 2. Tim Beckham was playing in his first rehab game and went 1-2. Grady Sizemore played in his first game and went 0-2…Hudson Valley lost 6-1.




  1. Woodrow744 says:

    With that caliber of hitting and aggressive base running, it was a shame to lose that game. I just don't get Navarro - he must have the largest chip on his shoulder against the Rays.
    I agree that Cabrera went from sane to unglued in about 0.3 sec, but these umpire crews get reputations (certainly a Joe West crew). If Cabrera said one of the "unmentionables"….then I guess it was warranted (although the strike zone seemed a bit stretched at times. But for Joe West to march off his gear? What's he going to do, send it to New York for examination? Sell it on Ebay?

  2. phil says:

    followed the game on gamecast figured Cabrera got hurt ....don't need more injuries!

  3. Gus says:

    The Home Plate umpire Danley squeezed the Rays so hard after the ejection, it cost them the game. It was a joke. Go ahead and eject Cabrera (he overreacted and the pitches were off but not that far off; swing the damn bat). But don't squeeze the Rays the rest of the way. That was a big game they let get away. Makes Archer's start tonight critical.

  4. Geoff Peterson says:

    Hey Cork, here's one for you to research. Since random drug testing is illegal in Canada for both union and non-union employees, does that mean the Blue Jays are not subject to MLBs random drug testing? The Blue Jays are incorporated in Canada which makes them a Canadian company subject to their laws. If this is true, is MLB keeping this under wraps? It sure would explain the sudden increase in power for Bautista and Encarnacion at a later age than most but I am guessing this would have been front page news a long time ago. Maybe MLB has some sort of exemption to test players of Canadian teams.

  5. Mr Smith 1980 says:

    That was a 'should've won' game.
    Umping was below average with the strike zone being about 3 inches wider for Toronto pitchers than for Rays pitchers.
    Can't help but think on the Elmore failed triple attempt that if he would've been hustling out of the box it would've been an easy triple not an out. K2 reaches in that instance without a problem, not based on speed, but based on hustle. Those are the plays that matter at the end of the day.


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