Curt Casali

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

RAYS 9, Braves 6 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The Rays drive me nuts. They go weeks where you wonder if they will ever win 2 games in a row again and every night looks like they might get no-hot. And then, just like that, they look like one of the best teams in baseball for a long stretch. And this isn’t new this year. They do this every year and it is TAKING YEARS OFF THE LIVES OF RAYS FANS EVERYWHERE. The latest was last night’s comeback after trailing 6-3 and scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th. After scoring 2 runs on a string of hits and an upheld challenge, the Rays tied the game on a 2-out wild pitch. They then took the lead when the pitcher failed to touch first base on a ground ball by Kevin Kiermaier. While it was a terrible play by the pitcher who was charged with an error, Kiermaier deserves some credit for hustling up the line and forcing the pitcher to rush the play. That was followed by a long home run by Curt Casali off the foul pole. Casali now has 8 home runs in his last 17 games and only 3 other hits during that stretch.

THE BAD: Just an off night for Jake Odorizzi who gave up 6 runs in 6 innings including 3 in the second inning to put the Rays in a deep hole.

THE TELLING: Drew Smyly could rejoin the rotation as early as Sunday, according to Marc Topkin. Also, Desmond Jennings will be activated for Friday’s game and Joey Butler will be demoted…The Rays have now overcome a deficit of 3 runs in 3 of their last 4 games…The Rays are now 58-56, 4.5 games behind the Blue Jays who are now in first place ahead of the Yankees. More importantly, the Rays are just 1.5 games behind the Angels in the Wild Card after leap-frogging the Orioles. The Rays’ playoff odds are now up to 31.8%, according to PECOTA.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Rob Neyer briefly discusses the Rays’ pitching depth. [JABO]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham beat Norfolk 4-3 with 3 runs in the 8th inning on a bases-loaded walk and a Luke Maile 2-out, 2-run single. Matt Moore struck out 7 in 4.2 innings but also gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks including 2 home runs. JP Arencibia was 0-4 with 3 Ks and an ejection following the final strikeout…Montgomery had the night off…Charlotte dropped a 4-3 decision to Palm Beach. Desmond Jennings went 2-4 with a pair of singles and an RBI…Bowling Green beat Burlington 2-1.
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  1. Gus says:

    Fun to watch a Rays team swing the bats and hit balls hard (even if they go foul or get caught). The more aggressive approach is certainly fun to watch, as is the comeback spirit (the 2014 team never overcame any deficits).

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