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

Royals 9, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

Royals 7, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: John Jaso returned to the lineup, leading off as the DH in the second game. It was his first game since opening day and his bat could be a much-needed spark as he went 2-3 with a home run…Unlike most, James Loney is carrying his weight in recent games. Since coming off the DL, he has 6 hits and 2 walks in 5 games including a home run. Likewise, Evan Longoria quietly has a 6-game hitting streak.

THE BAD: Another walk-off loss and that was just the first game of the double-header sweep. The Rays did a lot of things wrong in the two games but if you want to point to one thing that stands out above the rest it is the 1-18 with runners in scoring position.  The Rays are now 3-13 since June 21 and I hate to say it, but they are starting to make the talking heads who picked the Rays to suck this season (almost all of them) look smart. In the glass half-full argument, the Rays always do this. At times they look like they’d struggle against a triple-A schedule and later on they look like they will never lose another game. Probably a side-affect of always having such a young and inexperienced roster…The other thing to point to is the bullpen and the overuse may finally be coming back to haunt the Rays. The bullpen had a 4.02 ERA (4.22 FIP) in April, 3.09 ERA (4.06 FIP) in May, 4.18 ERA (4.15 FIP) in June, and now has an 8.10 ERA (6.34 FIP) in July. Even Brad Boxberger looks spent. In his last 2 outings, both losses, Boxy has given up 5 runs (4 earned) and recorded just 1 out. In his previous 9 appearances he allowed just 1 run and struck out 13 in 9 innings…John Jaso’s hair may need an intervention. According to Todd Kalas, Jaso grew out the dreadlocks because he was bored in the minors. He plans to eventually shave his head bald, but not for a while.

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THE TELLING: Chris Archer and Brad Boxberger were named to the AL All-Star team. Archer is still a candidate to start the game…As expected, Steven Souza went on the DL with that nasty cut to his finger. John Jaso and his new dreadlocks were called up to take his place. Since Jaso was on the 60-day DL, he wasn’t being counted as part of the 40-man roster. To make room on that roster, Preston Guilmet was put on waivers and designated for assignment. Also, Everett Teaford was designated for assignment following the second game and Andrew Bellatti was activated from the DL…In the nightcap, Alex Colome made his first relief appearance of the season all but assuring that Jake Odorizzi will be the starter on Saturday versus the Astros…The Rays are suddenly 2.5 games back in the East and only 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox for last place.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • A closer look at the Rays’ bullpen (over)use. [Fangraphs]
  • One St. Pete council member wants an outside group to look at the development potential of the Tropicana Field site. The group doesn’t want to get involved. [TampaBay.com]
  • Tampa ranks 4th in the country for recreation. [TampaBay.com]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham got pounded 17-6 with 8 pitchers giving up 17 runs (10 earned) on 17 hits and 8 walks. Among those who pitched included Vince Belnome and JP ArencibiaTim Beckham played shortstop and went 1-4 with 3 strikeouts and 2 errors. Richie Shaffer was 1-4 with 2 Ks and also committed 2 errors…Dyaron Varona hit his first 2nd double-A home run as Montgomery won 10-7. OF Joey Rickard had an unusual line. In 6 plate appearances he walked 6 times, had an RBI, scored twice and stole 2 bases…Charlotte beat St. Lucie 10-7 with Brent Honeywell giving up 3 runs (2 earned) in 6 innings……Yonny Chirinos tossed 5 shutout innings in Bowling Green’s 6-4 win, giving up just 2 hits and no walks
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  1. Rob says:

    Yesterday may have been the last opportunity for Rays fans to root for a winning team.

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  2. Gus says:

    Been a brutal stretch. Need Archer to come up and throw a game where he can hand it off directly to McGee and let McGee finish.

    I think Boxberger had looked weak for a much longer time than just this week; he hasn't been the same for 6 weeks (since a shaky outing in the Bronx in late May).

    Need the offense to show up and carry the team for a few games as well.

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  3. Hurricanes says:

    I agree with Gus' comments on Boxberger. He's no All-Star. He's cost the Rays too many games giving up home runs. Jepsen, too. Overuse has burned out the Rays' bullpen.

    The season will go south from here. A weak Matt Moore, weak bullpen, Triple A hitting. And the owner wonders why fans don't show up at the Trop.........

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  4. Starmand says:

    I think that the Rays look spent. If that is true, what we see is what we are going to get until September.

    Good thing is that Montana and Wyoming are very pleasant places to be in October.

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  5. phil says:

    Per the fangraphs article: No pitcher is on pace for more than 70 innings, and while the number of games pitched without rest is high, it is not outlandish, per Baseball Reference.

    Has McGee pitched since the one batter he has faced last Friday night against the Yankees?

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  6. Starmand says:

    Just thought about this. Matt Moore is already back in pre-TMS shape.

    It's a wonder he lasted 4.1 innings.

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    • Starmand says:

      Pre-TJS shape, that is.

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      • Gus says:

        I only saw one of his starts, but the numbers from each were pretty similar and have me thinking Matt Moore probably needs to go back to the minors and build more arm strength once Odorizzi comes back. In his rehab starts, he gave up lots of hits and HRs to minor leaguers. His 4-seamer isn't there. No great shame to go back to AAA and work on it some more.

        18 base runners in 9 innings isn't going to be survivable.

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  7. edward williams says:

    what a year, first it was the hitting now it is our pitching and the hitting and oh by the way the defense doesn't look too good lately. I heard that Matt Silverman said that the team will not be doing anything trade wise, that is if you can believe him. He won't tell anybody if he is going to make a trade and i wouldn't blame him if he doesn't say anything now. But boy i do wish they would go out and get some hitting. The east is still to be had, and it would make this summer so much better. But this owner will not spend the money and they will not trade pitching, sooooooo i guess it is going to be a long summer. GO RAYS

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