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

Cleveland 8, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Thank goodness for Joey Butler. With 2 outs in the 9th inning, Butler broke up Hector Carlos Carrasco’s bid for a no-hitter (and shutout)…Not only was Hector Carlos Carrasco awesome on the mound last night, his best moment came after giving up the first hit. He immediately had the biggest aww-shucks smile on his face and applauded the effort of second baseman Jason Kipnis who did everything he could to snag the line drive by Joey Butler, and then falling to the ground after failing to do so…Nice job by Rays fans giving Hector Carlos Carrasco a standing ovation on his way out of the game after giving up his first hit. It was well-deserved and well done.

THE BAD: Good lord, the offense right now is as bad as ever. The Rays have gone through bad stretches. They have been no-hit. They have been perfecto’d. But never before have they had a 7-game stretch where they did not have a single baserunner in the first 5 innings of 4 of those games. As a result the Rays’ hitters are a whopping 6-85 (.071) in the series.

THE TELLING: The fans are getting restless. A lot of fans calling for Derek Shelton to be fired. That won’t happen. But the fans are getting louder…Marc Krauss was sent to triple-A after the game to make room for Matt Moore. This means two things: 1) Grady Sizemore is here to stay, at least for now; and 2)MATT MOORE IS BACK!…Jake Odorizzi made his first rehab start (see below)…The Rays are now 42-38, 1 game behind the Orioles, a half-game behind the Yankees and tied with the Jays.


  • Matt Moore talks about returning to the big league mound for the first time in more than 450 days. []
  • Despite being at the top of the division and soon getting several key players back from the DL, I have seen a lot of MLB talking heads say the Rays are not a contender in the East and will soon fall off the pace. [New York Post]
  • Jim Callis says first-round pick has a higher upside than any other player in the Rays’ farm system. [Jim Callis]
  • Last year the Rays saved just 4 (net) runs while using defensive shifts. That was near the bottom of MLB despite being one of the two shiftiest teams. Things are better this year. The Rays have already saved 10 runs, tied for 4th in MLB. [Mark Simon]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham beat Toledo 5-3 with Scott Diamond giving up 2 runs in 6 innings with 5 strikeouts. RF Taylor Motter went 3-3 with a walk and his 5th home run. Richie Shaffer hit his 11th triple-A home run in just 30 games. He has 18 home runs this season. JP Arencibia added his 13th home run…Montgomery was rained out…Jake Odorizzi allowed just 1 run on 2 hits in 4 innings in his rehab start for Charlotte. Willy Adames hit his 3rd home run. John Jaso was 2-5 with a double and 3 strikeouts. James Loney went 2-3.




  1. Mike says:

    Why in the world have we not brought up Richie Shaffer? We have been in desperate need of a 1B since Loney went down, and Shaffer has been tearing it up all year in the minors. Is he ready to stay up in the bigs? Maybe not. But at 24 he is older than a lot of the prospects already brought up by other teams, and should have been given a chance. I guess Loney is almost ready to come back, but if he goes down again they better bring Shaffer up and see what he can do.

  2. Rob says:

    Also worth noting is Butler broke up the perfect game with a walk too. This guy needs to be in the lineup every day.

  3. Starmand says:

    Just wondering when Richie Shaffer gets to the big team.

  4. Political_Man says:

    I don't know if it's Shelton's fault or not but how could it hurt to change the messenger at least? Something has to change because this is just insane.

    • Ken says:

      Seems that we have this debate year after year. Is Shelton totally to blame? Probably not, but...when we were on a roll very few players credited Shelton for his help. Also, remember that Cash had no choice with regard to the coaching staff and has not publicly gone out of his way to praise Shelton's work.
      I agree that sometimes addition by subtraction can turn things around. The Rays really need to get a win today then get out of town. The Trop has not been kind this year. I'm sure lack of support in the stands plays a part. How much? Who knows?
      We need to play .500 ball up to the break then start the second half hot. It ain't over yet.

  5. Jim says:

    Errrrr, ummmm, did I really make a post about Derek Shelton a couple of weeks ago? I was sniffing glue, and I’m truly sorry!!! Spitting out these black feathers isn’t bad, and if you put some hot sauce on crow, it sort of tastes like chicken.

  6. Mark Wolff says:

    with the current state of the offense I can't believe my firederekshelton facebook page isn't the most popular facebook page in history.

  7. Dave L says:

    I know I wasnt very popular when at the tail end of the Rays incredible hot June start i dropped a steaming turd into the euphoric collective fan punch bowl by pointing out the it was was it was, a hot streak not the sudden awakening of a sleeping offense.

    And the other point was that Derek Shelton is the fans ultimate straw (man) hitting coach. He is literally irrelevant. My response to Ken's revelation that he was suddenly OK was that he never was much of a factor good bad or indifferent.

    Our position players are a collection of castoff misfit toys and reclamation projects from other teams. We collect them for thier defense and hope thier offense blossoms. For one magical fortnight in early June there was some bizarre harmonic convergence where they were actually productive as a group. But thats all it was, temporary

    As I said at the time enjoy it! Because its back to reality now obviously.

    Shelton is irrelevant. Our offensive batting talent pool is incredibly shallow. Learn to live with it and dial down your expectations. Kiermaier had his once through the league and the collective opposition then broke him down and are now actually game planning him. Same thing happened to Myers before.

    How will Butler respond now that MLB will actually take him seriously?

    Its prudent to always try to look at the big picture and take what has happened lately into context and not get to high or low or get to fired up over hot guys.


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