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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.

Red Sox 2, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The end is near…With Steven Souza Jr activated on Friday, it feels like this is the closest the Rays have come all season to having a complete team. Sure, they still don’t have Alex Cobb, Jake McGee and Desmond Jennings, but that’s a lot better than what the Rays dealt with most of the season when it seemed like 4-5 key players were on the DL at all times. Souza went 3-10 with a double in his return after more than a month on the DL…Drew Smyly continues to alternate good starts with not-great starts. After tossing 6 shutout innings with 11 Ks on Sunday, Smyly’s 6 starts since coming off the DL have allowed the following number of runs in each start: 5, 0, 4, 0, 4, 0.

THE BAD: The Rays have now lost 11 straight extra-inning games and are 2-13 overall.  If the Rays were just 7-8 in extra-inning games, they would be 1 game back in the Wild Card and right in the heat of the playoff race. If the Rays were 8-7, they would be tied for the 2nd Wild Card spot. Instead, the Rays are 6 back and almost eliminated. Even if the Rangers go 10-10 in their final 20 and the other 4 teams ahead of the Rays all suck down the stretch, the Rays would still need to go 16-4, just to tie. It’s not happening…14,796 for the game on Friday and 15,402 for Sunday’s game. These were weekend games against the Red Sox. They did get 20,698 on Saturday, but even that was disappointing for a Saturday against the Red Sox with an Evan Longoria bobblehead giveaway.

THE TELLING: Steven Souza Jr was activated on Friday…David Ortiz hit his 499th and 500th home runs…The Charlotte Stone Crabs won the Florida State League championship…The Rays are now 69-73, 6 games back in the Wild Card. PECOTA says the Rays now have a 1.0% chance to make the playoffs.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Daniel Nava talks about being surprised by being waived by the Red Sox earlier this year. [Boston Herald]
  • Marc Topkin writes about JP Arencibia’s power with Kevin Cash praising his defense. [TampaBay.com]
  • Several Rays players could have had futures in the NFL. [TampaBay.com]
  • Rough start for Jameis Winston and the Bucs. Joe has got everything covered. [JoeBucsFan]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Charlotte won their FSL championship series with a walk-off walk in the 13th inning for a 3-2 win over Daytona. Brent Honeywell allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in 6 innings with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks…The Montgomery Biscuits lost 7-3 in game 3 of their division playoff series. The Biscuits are now down 2-1 in the best-of-5 series.
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  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    MLB needs to stop making a big deal when these PED users hit a milestone HR. I got multiple tweets from MLB.com the night of this "feat" and in the opinion of most baseball purists, these milestones are meaningless. Most of these guys will drop dead in their fifties like the pro wrestlers have and their families will still try to spin their deaths as heart attacks or other maladies.

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  2. Starmand says:

    Silly me. I was hoping that the Bucs' game would relieve my frustration about the Rays.

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  3. Rob says:

    Weak effort this weekend (and I emphasize the word effort). Should have been able to and needed to sweep this last place team.

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  4. edward says:

    seems to me the season was over a month ago, most of the players seem to be playing that way, what a weekend for tampa bay sports, hopefully lightning season will be much better than what we have had , since everything is so negative why not throw in the attendance, getting tired of that also. Anyway GO RAYS.

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  5. Starmand says:

    Call me crazy, but I don't think that Nava is going to get a Christmas card from the Rays this year.

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  6. Starmand says:

    Next season?

    Casali/Arencibia
    Shaffer
    Forsythe
    SS?
    Longoria
    Guyer
    Kiermaier
    Souza
    Motter

    Not on that list? Exactly!

    That leaves a couple of bucks for a DH.

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  7. Pat says:

    Agree with Starmand. The SS question might be answered with Beckham. Still, whatever the lineup, they are largely young and cheap, and should provide for a decent $ range for a DH, even with yet another year of a payroll that is low/lower.

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    • Starmand says:

      If the Rays lineup could afford it, I would keep Beckham strictly as a pinch hitter. It's the only time that he see him completely focused.

      Fwiw, a middle infield of Forsythe and Motter, looks very promising. It's a wonder that Motter was not picked-up in the last Rule 5 draft. A couple of cheeseburgers that he is added to the 40-man this year. If so, then Motter knows what he has to do to get to the 25. In addition, two bearded middle infielders kinda balances the act.

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  8. Starmand says:

    Bullpenwise (if that's a word), the Rays are sitting pretty. It's impressive, if and only if, they are used correctly. Enough of the only-twice-through-the-lineup crap.

    Beliveau
    Cedeno
    Boxberger
    Colome
    Geltz
    McGee
    Romero

    As to starters, well----let's not jinx them. They've been jinxed enough by the FO, passive at-bats and the lack of a big bat. On any other team they would have, or be close to, 20 wins.

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  9. Gus says:

    Boxberger is going to be in therapy after this season. What a disaster, and one that was not necessary. As soon as McGee got back, he should have been the closer and Boxy should have been the 8th inning man where he was so successful. The leverage broke him -- and broke the team. Last night Colome -- 1 run in 27 innings -- throws 6 pitches to end the 8th. For Pete's sake, let him finish the game. The Yankees have owned Boxy all year.

    I'm not sure who is to blame ---- Cash, the nerds in the front office who seem to dictate in-game moves, Boxy or all of them -- but what exactly does it take to get demoted around here? The guy has vomited on the closer role since mid-May. Get him back to a place where he can succeed and give any of the other power arms in the pen a chance.

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  10. Pat says:

    I predict McGee will be traded in the offseason; his price tag will be too high.

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    • Geoff Peterson says:

      With 2 stints on the DL and a higher arbitration number, good luck. I'd rather keep him another year.

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