Chris Archer

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 4, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Chris Archer got the short-end of the stick against the Blue Jays. Toronto is baseball’s highest-scoring offense and it is not even close. In 4 starts versus Toronto, Archer has allowed just 4 runs (3 earned) in 29 innings. This was his first loss. But what was really great was the intensity Archer showed in the 7th inning. He knew it was his last inning and on his final batters you could see him dial it up a little more. His last 4 fastballs, pitch Nos. 100, 103, 104, and 106 were clocked at 99, 99, 97, 99 with the last being a swinging strikeout. Then, when he got back to the dugout, Archer could be seen trying to pump up his teammates at a time when the game was still in doubt.

THE BAD: Ultimately it didn’t matter what Chris Archer did as long as Marco Estrada was on the mound and the Rays were at the plate. At one point he retired 15 in a row and 17 of the last 18 he faced. He faced just one over the minimum in 8 shutout innings…If the key to a good offense is getting on base and power, the Rays are exactly the opposite. The Rays drew 4 walks in the series and now have a.302 OBP, 13th in the AL, and a .376 SLG, 14th in the AL. Not good…There are 87 hitters in the AL who have enough plate appearances to qualify for batting leaderboards. Rene Rivera is not one of them. However, if he was, he would ranked 87th in hitting (.182), last in OBP (.218), and 87th in OPS (.521). He has been bad, no way around it. And yet, it would be shocking if the Rays went out and traded for a catcher before the deadline despite the predictions by some in the national media. Rivera is not here to hit.

THE TELLING: The Blue Jays have been held to 2 runs or fewer in 24 games. Of those, 7 were against the Rays including Saturday’s game…Drew Smyly may still be more than a month away from returning as the speculation is that he will need an extended rehab stint in the minors, maybe as much 5 startsSteven Souza started a rehab assignment with Charlotte this weekend…Desmond Jennings is working out with the Charlotte Stone Crabs…Blake Snell the Rays’ No. 12-ranked prospect prior to the season has been promoted to triple-A. He started the season in single-A…The Rays are 47-47, 4.5 games behind the Yankees.


  • Pretty sure this has been covered before, but as it stands now, the Rays’ hopes of reaching an agreement with the St. Pete city council hinges on one election. Of course, things have a way of changing. []
  •’s mid-season prospect ranking for the Rays in unchanged at 1-3. Blake Snell jumps all the way from 12 to 4. []
  • A couple of days old, but here is a good look at how the triple-A players are performing. [Part 1] [Part 2]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresDylan Floro tossed 6 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts and no walks in Durham’s 3-0 win. Richie Shaffer was 0-3 as his average falls to .270. He still has 21 home runs. Nick Franklin hit his 4th triple-A home run of the season. Mikie Mahtook was 1-4 and is hitting just .221 this season…Austin Pruitt struck out 5 and gave up 3 runs in 5.2 innings in Montgomery’s 12-3 win over Tennessee. Cuban import Dayron Varona went 5-5 with a double and his 3rd double-A home run. Overall he is hitting .311 with 18 extra-base hits in 38 games as a pro. But his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 25-to-5 leaves a lot to be desired…Steven Souza went 0-3 after going 1-3 with a double on Saturday. Charlotte lost 4-3…Hunter Lockwood hit his 9th home run in Bowling Green’s 6-2 loss.




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