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 4, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Matt Moore is back! Hopefully. We need to see more, but he was definitely back for at least one game in what was easily his best start since returning from Tommy John surgery. In fact, the 7 shutout innings with 9 strikeouts and giving up just 2 hits and no walks was probably his best start since his 2-hit shutout against the Red Sox just after the All-Star break in 2013. That start was notable because it was probably the last time Moore was completely healthy. In his next start he gave up 5 runs in 5 innings and then went on the DL with “elbow soreness.” He came back and made a handful of starts in September that year (none good) and two more to start the 2014 season before it was decided he needed the surgery…Kevin Cash had Luke Maile at catcher and Matt Moore praised this decision after the game, noting that the pair had worked together a lot when Moore was down at Durham and that he “likes throwing to Luke a lot.” That familiarity and endorsement is big for Maile’s chances to make the team next spring.

THE BAD: For the sixth time this season, the Rays failed to draw 10,000 fans for a game and with 9 games left against the O’s, Marlins, and Blue Jays, and the Rays out of the playoff race, and kids back in school, and the Lightning in the playoffs, that number is probably going to go up. To put that in perspective, the Rays had two games with attendance below 10,000 in 2013 and 2014 combined. That’s not good.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 70-76, just a half-game ahead of the Red Sox for last place in the East. The Rays are also 6.5 games back in the Wild Card. The Rays would need to go 12-4 in the final 2 weeks for a winning record. For the first time, PECOTA now gives the Rays a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Carlos Pena talks about the opportunity to retire as a Ray. [TampaBay.com]
  • Marc Topkin writes that Blake Snell was disappointed to not be called up in September. [TampaBay.com]
  • Former boxing champion Jake LaMotta was at the Trop on Thursday. [620 WDAE]
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