Asdrubal Cabrera

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

RAYS 9, Orioles 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Everybody will point to the Steven Souza home run in the 5th inning and it was huge. But it took a lot to get to that point. The inning seemingly started off like a lot of other innings. Kevin Kiermaier and Joey Butler struck out and it looked like the score was going to stay 2-2. But then Evan Longoria drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. And then David DeJesus got an infield single. Then the really big hit was Logan Forsythe’s single that wasn’t hit hard, but kind of just fell in left-center between the outfielders. That drove in Longo and Chris Tillman seemed rattled. That’s when Souza stepped up…Steven Souza by his own nature is a guy who is going to be very streaky and right now he is hot. He went 3-5 on Sunday with a home run. It was his third straight game with a home run and his 4th home run in 6 games. It was also an absolute bomb.

Joey Butler strikes out too much, doesn’t walk enough, and as a result he, like Souza, is a guy who is going to struggle at times at the plate. But it also seems like every time he is in the lineup he does something to remind you why he has kind of come out of nowhere and has now started 6 straight games. On Sunday he had 4 hits and is now 19-45 (.422) in his last 15 games (10 starts). On Saturday it was a home run and this throw, an absolute cannon.

THE BAD: In a bit of irony, Jake Odorizzi picked up the win despite having his 2nd worst start of the season, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. Odorizzi entered the game with the worst run support among all qualified starting pitchers in baseball. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rays pitchers rank low in run support, but somebody has to be the unluckiest of the unlucky and that has been Odorizzi. Well, on Sunday he had a bad start and got more run support than he had in his previous 4 starts combined (5).

THE TELLING: Tim Beckham went on the DL following Sunday’s game with a strained hamstring. No corresponding move has been made yet…The Rays are once again tied with the Yankees for first place in the AL East at 26-25. According to Elias Sports, this is the worst record ever on June 1 for the team leading the AL East. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are in last place at 22-29, the team many predicted would go Worst to First and instead they are Worst still Worst.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Grant Balfour is not planning to retire and still wants to pitch in the big leagues. [Marc Topkin]
  • It’s a little bit apples and oranges and who knows how much of “privately financed” is really coming out of the pockets of the team, but Orlando’s MLS team is going to pay for their own new stadium with a price tag that will start at $115 million and go north. [Orlando Sentinel]
  • Jake Odorizzi enters every game with the mindset of throwing a perfect game. [SportsTalkFlorida]
  • The Washington Post ran a story on Brandon Guyer’s wife, a DC-area sportscaster. [WaPo]
  • One (Orioles?) fan took a stab at what an AL East All-Star team would look like. A few Rays made the cut. [Reddit]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Matt Andriese tossed 5 shutout innings in Durham’s 3-0 win. He struck out 6 and walked 1. Richie Shaffer was 1-4 and is 7-21 in his first 7 triple-A games and is on pace to hit 28 home runs this season. Mikie Mahtook and Allan Dykstra were both 1-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI…Montgomery had the day off…Chris Kirsch threw 7 shutout innings in Charlotte’s 2-0 win. He struck out 6 and walked 1. Recently signed Cuban outfielder Dayron Varona went 3-5 with a double and an RBI. He also stole his first base…Bowling Green was swept in a double-header. Casey Gillaspie went 1-5 with 3 walks in the 2 games. Justin Williams was 3-7 with 2 home runs.

Cool scene at the Tampa airport at 3:00 AM on Saturday morning as hundreds of people greeted the Lightning as they returned home from New York after clinching a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

Delmon Young seems to have finally gotten serious about getting in shape. He is much thinner now than he has been in the past.

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  1. Rob says:

    Made the trip to Baltimore this weekend and saw a couple of games at Oriole Park. Obviously, the park is beautiful, but what struck me the most was how clean it was. They really take good care of that place.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      You mean Camden Yards, right Jeff Gordon? 🙂

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      • Rob says:

        I always called it Camden Yards, but I heard so many people refer to it as Oriole Park when I was up there, so I thought maybe I was wrong before. I guess the full name is Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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  2. Political_Man says:

    Given the rules about blocking the plate that's about as good a throw as your ever going to get in that situation by Butler.

    I was trying to explain to my gf where this guy came from but I was really at a loss and had to settle on "no where." I hope he can keep it up.

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    • angrybuddha says:

      Almost literally "nowhere".... Jan, 2015 FA signing.

      Before that, he was drafted by TEX in the 15th round in 2008, finally made the big club in 2013 for 8 games; played 6 games for the Cards last year... and now this.

      I like this guy. I hope he can get hot for an extended period.

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  3. mep645 says:

    The Rays lineup is better off without Beckham.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      True. Who wants home run power and base stealing speed coming off the bench? He's the worst.

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  4. Gus says:

    Great weekend on the field. What they have done with Erasmo is nothing short of a miracle. I also enjoy Cash moving his lineup around to get some offense going. As suggested by several here, moving Souza down in the order was the right move. Dejesus in the 4-hole is Maddon-esque, but he's been the best hitter with Longo so why not.

    As to many who have questioned the Rays ticket sale policy, this piece in the Times gets at the tip of a pretty big iceberg, and reflects what many of us have experienced over the years when going to get individual game tickets: those guys aren't shooting exactly straight.

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/tampa-bay-rays-employ-curious-strategy-for-selling-tickets/2231618

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