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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.

RAYS 11, Orioles 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Brandon Guyer continues to be an on-base machine, going 4-5 and scoring 3 runs. Over his last 16 games, Guyer is 18-41 (.439) with a .477 OBP and an 1.087 OPS…Logan Forsythe is another player who continues to hit well. Three more hits last night and 14 hits in the last 10 games including 7 extra-base hits…We still need to see some consistency from Drew Smyly but last night was a good sign with 7 shutout innings including 10 strikeouts and just 1 walk.

THE BAD: JP Arencibia went 3-4 with 6 RBI and this is good. But there is something scary about the idea that 3 of the Rays starters last night were Arencibia, Grady Sizemore, and Daniel Nava. Most MLB fans probably didn’t even know the first 2 were still playing baseball 2 months ago and the third was a player that the last place Red Sox didn’t want.

THE TELLING: Prior to the game, Hak-Ju Lee was placed on waivers (designated for assignment) to make room for Luke Maile on the 40-man roster…The Rays are once again back to .500 at 66-66, 3.5 back in the Wild Card (4 in the loss column) behind the red-hot Texas Rangers who have won 14 out of 19. The Rays now have an 11.7% chance to make the playoffs according to PECOTA.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • There is not much to fight for in the last moth of the season. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Durham beat Gwinnett 6-3 with Scott Diamond  giving up just 2 runs (1 earned) in 7.1 innings. His ERA is 3.62. Nick Franklin was 1-3 with his 11th home run…Dayron Varona hit his 9th double-A home run with Gabriel Arias giving up 6 runs in 6 innings in Montgomery’s 10-6 win…Charlotte split a double header with St Lucie going down 4-2 in the first game and winning the second at 8-6…

ESPN’s Statcast took on Kevin Kiermaier’s Katch from 2 nights ago…

Here are 2 great photos of The Katch.

I asked Peter King about the time he was seen wearing a Rays cap back in 2008. He had a funny response.

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  1. Nathan says:

    Great point Cork about the 3 castoffs. The front office is going to HAVE to find some hitters through trading our excess of starting pitching. Our team slugging is 19th in the majors, yet we are 27th in runs scored. We only have 2 players in the top 90 in slugging (Forsythe, 60 and KK, 88). I hope they work this offseason on getting help at C, corner OF's and 1B.

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  2. Gus says:

    If Arencibia wants to be Dan Johnson this month, I'm okay with that.

    Glad to see a pitcher get staked to a lead and shut the other team down. Driving a stake through the heart of the Orioles is always enjoyable.

    Just glad to see them playing well.

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  3. Brent says:

    How bout the Rays! w/ the best record in baseball, over the last three days... lol

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  4. Dave L says:

    Can somebody explain to me why Guyer is not an everyday outfielder on this team as its exists today?

    He is a plus defender, has a good arm and good range. He has plus speed on the basepaths also is a smart baserunner.

    I dont care who is pitching or from what side he should be starting. I dont care if Sizemore is a lefty or Nava is a switchhitter. Guyer has markedly better splits against both righty and lefty than either of those two.

    Starting Grady or Nava while Guyer rides the pine makes us a weaker team offensively and defensively. Guyer has paid his dues and earned his shot.

    I realize Cash has no more say over who starts than Charlie M or even me on most nights. but sometimes the front office gets too cute and gets hoist by thier own petard. Nava should barely be playing outfield at all IMO.

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    • Drew S says:

      That's something I've been wondering as well. He has batted almost equally against righties and lefties, while hitting slightly above average against righties and murdering lefties. I'm looking at his minor league numbers and they tell the same story.

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    • ORIGINALTOM says:

      His career numbers are similar to Jennings, though, Guyer has had the platoon advantage in 52% of his AB while Jennings has only had the advantage in 28%.

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