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

Chris Archer

RAYS 3, Mariners 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: I’m going to try to put what Chris Archer is going in perspective and yet I know it won’t do his greatness right now justice. Archer is just on another level right now. Consider these nuggets: In his last 3 starts (23 innings) he has given up just 1 earned run (0.39 ERA) and 14 hits. He also has 38 strikeouts and NO WALKS. A pitcher is doing good when he gets 4 or 5 strikeouts in between walks. Archer is at 38 and counting. According to Elias Sports, Archer is also the first pitcher in modern history (since 1900) to have 10+ strikeouts and no walks in 3 straight games. First. EVER. Archer has also allowed 1 earned run or fewer in 25 of his 45 starts going back to the start of the 2014 season. That is the most in MLB. Felix Hernandez is next with 23…Things got hairy in the bottom of the 7th inning, but thankfully, Mikie Mahtook had given the Rays a little cushion with a solo home run in the top of the 7th…Is there anything more fun than a Kevin Kiermaier triple?

THE BAD: Things got hairy on Sunday in the 7th inning thanks to an ugly error by Nick Franklin at shortstop. With the Rays holding on to a 2-0 lead Archer gave up a lead-off single. Then, with the Rays shifted over, Archer got Kyle Seager to hit a weak liner that looked like an easy out until Franklin just missed it. There was some speculation that Franklin may have been gearing up to try to double-off the runner on first, but it didn’t look like Franklin was positioning his body to do that. He just missed it. Luckily, only one of the runners would eventually score.

THE TELLING: Evan Longoria missed the last 2 games with a sore wrist…Matt Moore will make his 2nd rehab start tomorrow for Charlotte…Jake Odorizzi appears to be headed to the DL with an oblique injury…PECOTA is now giving the Rays a 50% chance to make the playoffs…In 40 of the Rays’ 58 games, one or both teams scored 2 runs or fewer, including all 4 games against the Mariners…Four of the AL East teams played AL West teams this weekend. The AL East went 12-1 in those games…The Rays are now 31-27, 1.5 games behind the Yankees. The rest of the AL East is either 4.5 or 5.5 games behind the Yankees.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Brad Boxberger has some tightness in his triceps but says he will be ready to go tomorrow. [TampaBay.com]
  • Chris Archer has some fun with a Mariners fan who wanted to blow him a kiss. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Major League Baseball has their first switch-pitcher in over 100 years. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Dylan Floro had his 4th straight start for the Durham Bulls with 1 or 0 runs allowed. On Sunday he tossed 7.2 shutout innings in Durham’s 2-0 win. JP Arencibia went 2-4…Jared Mortensen did not allow a run in 6 innings in Montgomery’s 6-1 win. He struck out 7 and walked none…Like every other starting pitcher in the organization on Sunday, Hyrum Formo did not allow an earned run, throwing 7 shutout innings in Bowling Green’s 2-0 win. casey Gillaspie hit his 12th home run and stole his 2nd base.

Something you don’t see everyday, a manager warming up the pitcher.

6-8-2015 7-35-17 AM

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  1. Gus says:

    Archer is a man in command of his craft right now. Awesome to watch, even if the Rays rolled out a AAA line-up behind him playing the field with frying pans. Watching Rivera block balls at first with catcher technique is almost as humorous as his insertion into the batting line up when not playing catcher. Nick Franklin's defense continues to be bad. How the Mariners official scorer ever called that a hit (eventually reversed) was amazing in an of itself.

    Cash for manager of the century at this point. Just needs to make McGee the closer full time.

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  2. Ken says:

    Ordo to the DL just plain stinks. How many more "pitcher" rabbits can Silverman pull out of the MiLB hat? To call the Rays snake-bit at this point is the greatest understatement of the MLB century.
    Nick Franklin has to go. His bat is non-existent, and his glove nearly lost us a another game. I don't care what the "Price" was to get him. There are more than a few bodies at Durham capable of producing even marginally better results. DFA him now. This team can't afford his total mediocrity.

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  3. Starmand says:

    Nick Franklin seems to need additional time at AAA.

    He looks like he is not entirely in the game. Personal issues?

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  4. Dave L says:

    Its surprising Joey Butler with his size never took some reps at 1st base during his long minors career and even Japan. He sure looks like a 1st baseman. He's got enough size. Being a not particularly speedy outfielder it would seem to have help his versatility in getting to the bigs and staying. Im not saying 1st is a piece of cake, but at least give it a shot at some point.

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