Erasmo Ramirez

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

RAYS (boxscore)

THE GOOD: How good has Erasmo Ramirez been this year? Ramirez wasn’t even supposed to be in the rotation this year. The trade, in which he was acquired for reliever Mike Montgomery just before the regular season, barely registered on the radar. Ramirez was looked at as a weak stop-gap, having posted a 5.11 ERA over the past 2 seasons combined. And the only reason the Rays could get Ramirez was because he was out of minor league options and the Mariners couldn’t demote him and didn’t want him in their rotation. And yet, Ramirez has posted a 3.75 ERA this season in 31 appearances (24 starts) and last night he had his best start yet, taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning. He eventually left after 7.2 shutout innings with 6 Ks, 2 walks, and just the one hit that a lot of first basemen would have fielded.

THE BAD: It’s hard to get excited about a potential no-hitter when the offense has scored just as many runs as the team getting no-hit, ZERO. And as soon as the offense does get a run, Evil Brad Boxberger reared his ugly head again, going single-groundball-walk-double-intentional walk-home run, before getting pulled…I don’t want to get too hard on Richie Shaffer. That was a hard-hit ball that broke up the no-hitter and it may have taken a bad bounce. But the look on his face after says it all.

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THE TELLING: Chris Archer is the Rays’ nominee for the annual Roberto Clemente award ” given to the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the fiel”…The Rays are now 69-74, just 1-game ahead of the Red Sox for last place in the Al East. The Rays need to go 13-6 to post a winning record. The Rays’ chances of making the playoffs are now at 0.2%, according to PECOTA.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jake McGee is hoping to return this season and could be close. [TampaBay.com]
  • It’s been a million years since the Blue Jays were in the playoffs, but they are going this year and they are 22-14 against potential playoff opponents. [Reddit]
  • David Price took a field trip to the Monday Night Football game. [Cut4]
  • An Orioles rookie pitcher helped a motorist change a flat tire after a game. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Well, the Bucs are still the most popular NFL team in the state of Florida. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Montgomery Biscuits were eliminated from the Southern League playoffs with a 4-1 loss to Chattanooga.
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  1. Gus says:

    "Evil Boxberger" has become the default setting. Falling to last place passed by a team that has given up is embarrassing and a direct result of the bullpen collapse in the 2nd half of the season.

    At this point, you are playing for 2016 and hoping to find any momentum you can. Seeing McGee back in games would be nice, but until he's ready to close, it needs to be Colome.

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  2. Nathan says:

    Well, there's got to be a stat for our FO to evaluate on the # of innings our bullpen works vs the effectiveness as the year goes on. Letting our starters see the lineup for a 3rd time might change our 2-13 extra inning record.

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  3. Rob says:

    Everyone says closers are overrated until they don't have one.

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  4. Giles says:

    Not sure why Colome isn't given the opportunity to be the consistent closer. Sticking with Boxberger killed the season weeks ago and it is beyond surprising that he still gets put out there in the 9th inning only to blow game upon game.

    It is also extremely frustrating to see the success Jepsen has had in Minnesota since his trade there. Rays fans don't really expect the team to pick up players at the trade deadline but we shouldn't have to see the bullpen dismantled at that time either.

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  5. Woodrow744 says:

    Well, Cork……at least you cheered me up, alerting me to the fact that there is still a 0.2% chance to make the playoffs.

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  6. monte says:

    Too bad about Boxberger. He looked very promising last year, didn't he? I don't know his problem. Has he been overworked and is tired? I really don't think so. Maybe he's just lost it or opponents have figured him out.

    His record really does speak for itself and shows how ineffective he's been this year: 4-10 finishing 46 games.

    Then there's Geltz (2-5), Gomes (2-5), and Jepsen (2-5). That's 10 wins and 25 losses. That shows how poorly the Rays have played in late innings, especially the offense.

    Toronto (790 runs) has scored 243 more runs than the Rays (547) while the Yankees (697 runs) have outscored the Rays by 150.

    The Rays are a fairly good team, probably with a lot of potential which I hope blossoms next season. Longoria is a very good 3rd baseman, but is only a fair hitter. He's no All-Star.

    What happened to Loney under Cash? I know he was injured awhile, but he's played irregularly. Will he be gone after this season?

    This has been a disappointing season but I do see Rays of hope for the future. Let's hope Moore regains his former self.

    I appreciate all you guys comments. Most are very helpful and insightful.

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  7. edward williams says:

    if i remember correctly and of course i could be wrong , but before the injury bug bit loney he was having a good year, which wasn't much, as for the bullpen and staff people have been commenting here all year and other places about how the bullpen has been overused, that the pitchers had to stop being pulled by the 6th inning, well you all where right, not to sure where the rays keep coming up with this stuff, i know it's the computer geeks lol. My opinion is that they need to give schaffer a shot at first next year, they need to try and find a dh, catching is going to be tricky , i think that they should give jp and casalli a shot, i do like rivera but unless he can start hitting why not give the other guys a chance, that seems to be the rays way , now cabrerra is a free agent , so do they resign him or bring up one of the kids. It seems that there alot more questions this year than there where last season. Overall i would give cash a c grade , it being his rookie year and for some reason i don't thing he has as much say as what we are lead to believe, now for the final question , and it is a big one, do we keep shelton ,lol. GO RAYS!!!!!

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