Matt Moore

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

Orioles 5, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria and Logan Forsythe went back-to-back and a belly-to-belly in the 4th. That was followed by a long double by Joey Butler and two hits to lead off the next inning. For a brief moment there was a hint of offense. In a span of 6 batters, the Rays had 5 hits including 2 home runs and 2 doubles. Granted, they managed to score only 2 runs in that span. But it was a lot of offense. And then, just like that, it was gone…Alex Colome has looked good in relief which makes one of the other arms that much more expendable this week leading up to the trade deadline. His first 2 outings in relief were shaky. But in the 4 appearances since, he has thrown 7 innings and allowed just 1 unearned run on 5 hits with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk.

THE BAD: Matt Moore is still a mess. 87 pitches, 54 strikes, 33 balls. His fastball was a ho-hum 91-92. He did get 10 swing-and-misses which suggests that at times he has the good stuff, such as the 3-pitch strikeout to start the game. But it is still not consistent and we see the strikeout followed immediately by a walk and then 3 straight hits and 3 runs starting just 2 batters later…One inning after the Rays hit back-to-back home runs, they loaded the bases with 2 hits and a hit batter with one out. The Rays had the bases loaded with one out and Steven Souza and Evan Longoria due up. This is the dream scenario. This is what the Rays play for. But this is the Rays. Souza struck out looking and Longo grounded out weakly…James Loney is a speedster in his own mind. In reality, he has no idea how slow he is. At least Jose Molina knows he is slow. Loney was thrown out at second base twice, one on a wild pitch and another on what should have been an easy double deep into the left field corner…Rays OBPs in July. MLB average OBP this season is .314. This is not good. In fact, it is embarrassing.

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THE TELLING: Drew Smyly made his first start of what is expected to be an extended rehab, giving up 4 runs in 2.1 innings for Durham…It has now been 18 days since the Rays scored more than 4 runs in a game…The Rays made 91 roster moves in the first 91 days of the regular season. They have made 1 in the 12 days since…The Rays are suddenly 7.5 games back in the East and 4 games back in the Wild Card. While the Wild Card is certainly possible we are back in that situation where the Rays would have to leap-frog 4 teams to get there. So not only do the Rays have to play better, but they need FOUR teams to play poorly. That is not impossible but as they say, it is getting late, early.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays’ front office is hiring. [LinkedIn]
  • Marc Topkin looks at the trade deadline and who could be dealt and why. [TampaBay.com]
  • Jon Morosi calls Kevin Jepsen another strong trade candidate for the Rays. [@jonmorosi]
  • The Rays are working on their bunting. [TampaBay.com]
  • Rob Manfred says it may be time to move the trade deadline back which is weird because in relation to other sports MLB’s deadline is already very late. [BI Sports]
  • An alligator ended up in the dugout of the Charlotte Stone Crabs. [620WDAE]
  • “Rays’ Kiermaier running his way into the hearts of baseball purists” [Bradenton Herald]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham lost 11-1 to Norfolk with Drew Smyly giving up 4 runs in 2.1 innings. He struck out 3, walked 2 and gave up a home run. Of his 51 pitches, 29 were strikes. Mikie Mahtook went 2-4 with a double and a triple and was the only hitter with more than 1 hit…Montgomery beat Jackson 11-2, scoring 8 runs in the final 3 innings. In his second appearance since being promoted, Jeff Ames tossed 3 perfect innings of relief, striking out 3. Dayron Varona had 3 hits, drove in 2, and stole his 4th base…Charlotte beat Dunedin 2-1 scoring once in the 9th on a Willy Adames sac fly to tie it up and then again in the bottom of the 10th on Jace Conrad’s 1-out walk-off single. Buddy Borden allowed 1 run in 5 innings…Alec Sole lead off home run in the bottom of the 9th gave Bowling Green a walk-off win over Fort Wayne, 3-2.

Jimbo Fisher threw out the first pitch on Sunday and Jameis Winston caught the pitch.

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  1. MONTE says:

    So why can't a guy like Moore have an extended stay in the minors until he's back into form? That way he would not hurt his major league team. He's obviously not ready.

    And for Souza, why doesn't he go down and learn where the strike zone is?

    And why isn't KK at the top of the order?

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  2. Gus says:

    They'll invent an injury for Moore if/when Smyly is back.

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  3. Starmand says:

    Should the Rays be sellers? Sure, but I'd take it one step further.

    Sell the team. With the way Logan Forsythe is playing, now it's the time to sell high. Reminds me of Carl Yastrzemski in the 1967 run. He was the only RS player running...

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  4. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    UGH.

    That is all.

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  5. Starmand says:

    There is a silver lining in all of this.

    Can anybody say Number 1 Draft Pick!

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  6. Dave L says:

    Matt Moore is exactly what we expected a guy coming back from TJ surgery to be. Hopefully he will be in some shape of his old form by late August early September but maybe not till next year.

    If we left Matt in rehab in the minors, then Colome would be his replacement, correct? Staying with Colome would have meant staying with a shaky 4.70 ERA starter, destined for the pen regardless ala Wade Davis. It would have just delayed his transition. By August we will either be in the hunt with a rebounding Moore and a hot Colome in the pen for long work.

    Or we will be out of it and its all over but the crying.

    Thats the Rays gamble, you may disagree, and it may fail but its reasonable.

    The guy with the best trade value even above Boxy and McGee again is Colome. At 26 he has still some hope for some contending teams as a starter. As Cork noted relievers have a smaller value than starters.

    When i said McGee had much greater trade value than Box I did not mean to imply that I wanted Jake to be traded, hell no I do not.

    Colome is the pitcher most likely to be gone before the trade deadline, not our more heralded bullpen arms as he has more potential upside to other contending teams (not the Rays)

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  7. patrianakos says:

    1) "Why isn't KK at the top of the order?" .257 OBP.
    2) The fact that Wade Davis isn't a Ray anymore is going to hurt for years to come.

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    • Adam says:

      Correct me I am wrong, but wasn't Davis signed to one of those 'lock em up early' contracts the Rays give, and at starter value too? If memory serves me he still has 2 years left at 8-10mil per season. No way rays would've been paying him that from the pen.

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