MLB: Minnesota Twins at Tampa Bay Rays

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

RAYS 8, Tigers 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The Rays hit 4 solo home runs in the 8-0 lead, led by Logan Forsythe who hit his 16th home run. Forsythe, who was named AL Player of the Week last week, continues to hit the ball well. In his last 10 games, Forsythe has 17 hits including 8 extra-base hits and has a .477 OBP…Jake Odorizzi had his best start in about a month, tossing 6 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts and just 1 walk.

THE BAD: Brian Anderson has a new look.

THE TELLING: Sounds like Steven Souza will be back in the lineup tomorrow…Richie Shaffer made his first start in left field, later moving to third base…Kevin Cash says Nathan Karns will likely make another start this season (via Marc Topkin)…The Rays are now 68-71, 5.5 games back in the Wild Card, 6 games back in the loss column. The Rays now have a 2.9% chance to make the playoffs.


  • Missed this over the weekend. Stuart Sternberg praised the job of Kevin Cash and Matt Silverman. []
  • Speaking of the front office, Ken Rosenthal reports that Chaim Bloom is a candidate to be Brewers next GM. [Ken Rosenthal]
  • Ken Rosenthal also writes about the Rays new aggressive approach at the plate. [Fox Sports]
  • After being named USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year, Blake Snell is named top pitcher by Yahoo Sports. Richie Shaffer was named top third baseman. [Yahoo Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Charlotte won their playoff series against Palm Beach with a 6-4 win on Wednesday. Casey Gillaspie hit his first home run since being promoted to Charlotte who will start a best-of-5 championship series against Daytona tonight.




  1. Gus says:

    As one of the few Arencibia supporters here from earlier this year, I ask: Does a Casali/Arencibia combination make sense for 2016? That would be the most power the Rays have ever had behind the plate, and Arencibia's defensive shortcomings could be offset by Casali to some degree. He could DH some.

    In any event, can we said goodbye to Rivera?

  2. edward williams says:

    I admit I liked the idea of rivera earlier this year, and now I will have to side with you. Just from hearing talk about our catching this year and watching the games , it seems curt has gotten better behind the plate, and can we really get any worse than what we had, well maybe I shouldn't ask that, but it wouldn't hurt having that combo I believe , why not, they have tried everything else it seems, and I don't blame the catchers on the demise of the bullpen the second half.

  3. MONTE says:

    Let's see. We'd be swapping at .180 for two who hit .227 and .205 in Durham. These two guys seem to have performed better in the major leagues than at AAA. Can they keep it up after the league learns them? Have we ever really had strength behind the plate?

    • Dave L says:

      Precisely put.

      Commentors here often play the game of anybody has to be better than who we got now.

      Everyone was so sick of last years primary catchers' act that we were eager to believe in a 30yo career backup catcher with good defense and a career .215 average who had 1 very good offensive year part time and think we could get that as a full time catcher.

      Now we are so sick of him that we are willing suspend disbelief and go with a 29 yo career MiLB back up catcher with poor defense and a career .215 BA based on 12 games and 33 PA. He had a good week i'll give him that.

      Casali has some upside but im not sold on JPA.

    • edward williams says:

      if all you do is swap out the averages and home runs we are already ahead, defensively rivera is better than both. I think you just have to throw it up in the air and see what lands, i doubt if this team will ever have a gold glove catcher, but maybe they can at least hit , somewhat. lol

  4. Gus says:

    JP continues to hit it hard. He has hit 20+ homers in the bigs multiple times. That is power we haven't seen ever from catchers. Keep upgrading.


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