Brandon Gomes

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 8, RAYS 7 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: It’s fun to watch Richie Shaffer hit. Both he and Brandon Guyer went out of Fenway Park.

THE BAD: Chris Archer doesn’t end up here very often, but when he gives up 5 walks and can’t get past the 5th inning for just the fourth time this season, that’s bad. The 5 walks were a season high and Archer has now allowed 17 walks in his last 5 starts. Amazingly, he has allowed just 22 hits over the same span. But his 29-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio is pretty bad…Kevin Kiermaier dropped a catchable fly ball. For all the great plays Kiermaier makes, it is easy to forget that he still makes mistakes at times, the same mistakes that veteran players don’t make. It was his fourth error of the season. Only 4 center fielders in MLB have more…Brandon Gomes and the grand slam that was so bad that he immediately walked off the mound and never turned around.

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THE TELLING: Steven Souza did not start for the second straight game…The Rays are now 72-78, and now sit in last place all alone, a half-game behind the Red Sox. The loss also officially eliminated the Rays from the AL East race. Their elimination number for the Wild Card race is now down to 5.


  • Rene Rivera is not happy about losing playing time since the arrival of JP Arencibia. []
  • Here is an update on a city council race that could impact the Rays’ stadium hopes. [ShadowOfTheStadium]
  • Evan Longoria just bought this house in Los Angeles. Longo is from California and I believe his parents still live in the area. [LA Times]
  • Some fun charts on the 2015 Durham Bulls. [WDBB]

We’ve seen David Price do this before.





  1. Gus says:

    I have officially reached max frustration with this Rays team and am ready for spring training. The bullpen implosions, the front office who dumps Jepsen for nothing, the quants who pressure the manager to take out a starter the 3rd time through no matter the game situation, the rookie manager who doesn't have the chutzpah to tell the front office guys to but out, the ridiculous overuse of the bullpen beyond any rational thought, and some of the relievers themselves, who made two 2-strike mistakes to Bogarts last night that were so inexcusable, a little league coach would have benched them for such idiotic pitches.

    Last night's game was a microcosm of the season. Good efforts outweighed by implosions. The world's worst throw from Guyer in a tie ballgame. This team is tired and done.

    2016 can't come soon enough.

    • Giles says:

      I agree 100%. As fans who watch most all these games, we deserve better than the Jepsen trade. Each time they blow a game late leaves me wondering if things might have been different without that deal.

    • Rob says:

      Since we really don't know what is happening behind closed doors, I want to put forth my own theory about the third time through the order thing this year. I actually think this was Cash's idea and is what put him over the top in the manager search. He's a former catcher, so he's probably attuned to what happened with his pitchers the third time through and knowing the Rays are always looking for that 2%, he put this idea on the table and management ate it up. That would explain his ridiculous commitment to it.

  2. Greg says:

    "For all the great plays Kiermaier makes, it is easy to forget that he still makes mistakes at times, the same mistakes that veteran players don’t make"

    Silly statement. Who are these veterans that don't ever drop balls or make mistakes? Trout has a chance to finish with no errors this year. A great accomplishment and yet he is 72nd among position players in DWAR at 1.8 (while KK is at 30.3 to lead MLB). While only 4 CFs have more errors than Kiermaier, there are also 4 more CFs that have the same number of errors as KK (4). And Lorenzo Cain is also considered an excellent defender and is 12th among all position players in MLB in DWAR and has 9 errors. Everybody has lapses, but I've noticed an occasional knock on Kiermaier at this site for not being as the numbers or the pundits seem to indicate. I'm surprised because he's one of the few bright spots in a bad season. And before you get defensive, it's fine to put him in the bad column for the drop (or for his crappy hitting of late) but your statement suggests a veteran may be a better choice. That's why it is silly.

    • Gus says:

      Cork has an odd Keirmayer thing. The guy is putting together the greatest CF defensive season of our lifetime, and if you read only Rays Index you'd think he can't throw at all (it has a tail!!!) and he's a klutz out there.

      In a dark season of injury and ownership apathy, Dreamy McHustle brought it every night. Maxed out his ability. Consistently covered territory that was immense. If any voter didn't vote for him as Gold Glove CF after one error last night, they shouldn't be voting.

      • Greg says:

        My son plays center field in high school. That's who he watches every night to pattern himself after. He indeed brings it every night.

    • Rob says:

      Not to mention that only four centerfielders in MLB have played more innings in CF, giving KK many more chances than the rest of the league. As a matter of fact he leads all of MLB in defensive chances and is second in appearances in CF, so you would expect more errors when you are involved in more plays.

  3. Dave L says:

    Actually the Rays recent (and likely final) collapse into the AL East cellar has vindicated the Jepsen trade. When they pulled the trigger on that trade we were two games under .500. The second wild card gives fans everywhere hopes but the Rays chances were not good.

    Now the fact that there only 2 teams in the AL with worst records teaches us that keeping Jepsen would not have given us enough of a chance to make us a playoff team. This team needed much more than that. He was the minimum they could dump and still claim to be going for it.

    The lineups and use of the pen teaches us as well that Cash has virtually no say in who is playing that day. No manager is going sit a guy who just went 5 for 5 on an offensively challenged team. Jamming Nava down Cash's throat when Guyer was healthy and playing well was MS decision as well. The early returns on the SP can't face the heart of the lineup a third time dont look good.

    Two months of Jepsen on a sub .500 team could be vindicated if one of those two young arms pans out, more likely the Taiwanese kid. We wouldnt have picked up his option so the he just walks right?

    The Rays have quietly added about 20 young pitchers under the new regime and the strategy of stockpiling in the hopes that some will be special.

    Boxbergers jabs weren't at Cash they were at the FO so he will be gone and we can get some more young talent for him also.

    The die was cast for a tough season when we lost Moore and Cobb and Smyly early on. Then McGee etc.

    The Rays led all of MLB in DL time I heard on the telecast couple of weeks ago. Teams that lead that category dont become playoff teams. Overall I really like Silvermans traditional GM moves. The micromanaging aspect is an attempt to change the way baseball is played personnel wise and time will tell if it works but on and injury riddled team nothing tends to work.

    BTW Cork isnt hating on KK or saying he wants a veteran instead, he is just saying he isn't perfect and he makes mistakes. Errors are kind of a weak stat anyway. Plenty of bad decisions and sloppy play don't get counted as errors.

    • Rob says:

      Just seems odd that KK shows up in the bad when it didn't hurt them on the scoreboard or really impact the game in a significant way. There have been plenty of inconsequential errors this year and not every guy who made one showed up in the post. There was plenty more in that game that belonged in the bad.

    • OriginalTom says:

      How do you know who is making line up and bullpen usage decisions?

      • Dave L says:

        its Matt Silverman being advised by the analytics people in the Rays front office. With the lineup I think he is handed it everyday and has little input. As far as bullpen and early pulling of virtually every starter he works within strict parameters and knows whos available that day and whos not. Pitch counts were rarely a factor this year because hell they never even got to them. How many starters were pulled this year with 70 to 90 pitches? Alot. They identified what player in the top to middle of each lineup was a particularly bad match up for each starter and the starter was to be pulled when he was to face him a 3rd time. The Boxberger in the 7th was pure recent sabermetrics gospel stuff about the closer needs to be the relief ace who comes in when the leverage is the highest and the toughest batters come to the plate regardless of the inning. He had some leeway in the bullpen obviously, im not saying hes a potted plant.

        Cash as a rookie manager did not suddenly just dream all this stuff up on his own.

        • OriginalTom says:

          I guess my question is: have specific claims you are making particularly regarding the line up card been documented? I am aware of the 3rd time through the line up penalty and it ha been written about often. You are claiming the analytics department prepares the line up, Is this speculation? Or do you know this to a fact?

          • Dave L says:

            I am speculating based on the nature of the moves.

            When Cash was brought in he was likely informed of the direction the team was headed and was asked if he bought in. When you are 35 yo and hungry for a Skippers job, you buy in whether or not you believed it in your heart of hearts beforehand or along the way even because you are doing a job and earning a paycheck not a martyr to baseball orthodxy.

            Many of these changes have been urged by the analytics/sabre community of eggheads for a few years now.

    • monte says:

      "The die was cast for a tough season when we lost Moore and Cobb and Smyly early on. Then McGee etc." That's all pitching. In the etc. we can add Jaso and Loney, two veteran hitters. It was the worst DL season I can remember.

      Long live memories of Yogi. He was one of the greatest.

    • Gus says:

      With Jepsen, they likely don't blow 4 or 5 of the games of the last 6 weeks. They have depth when McGee goes down. They have an alternative to Boxy when he goes bad. Then you are in wild card.

      To say the collapse of the bully (and hence the team) down the stretch vindicates the Jepsen trades really seems like you are drinking the Kool-Aid.


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