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

RAYS 4, Red Sox 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria hit his 20th home run and it was a bomb. ESPN gave it a “true distance” of 425 feet as it landed about 20 feet past the Green Monster in straightaway center field.

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THE BAD: On Saturday, the Rays will have one of the most anticipated games of the second half of the season when Chris Archer will go head-to-head against David Price. Unfortunately for most of us, the game will not be broadcast locally. And according to Marc Topkin there are no plans to change those plans. Of course, there are ways around that and I don’t want to encourage you guys to do things that may or may not be on the up-and-up, but if you really want to watch, there are ways.

THE TELLING: Jake McGee is expected to be back in the bullpen today or Saturday…Matt Andriese will start Sunday to give Matt Moore an extra day of rest…The Rays are now 75-78, 5 games back in the Wild Card.


  • Nate Karns is being shut down with “forearm tightness.” The Rays “are confident the issue is nothing serious,” according to Marc Topkin. But it is hard to hear “forearm tightness” and not think “Tommy John surgery.” The former doesn’t always lead to the latter, but the latter is almost always preceded by the former. []
  • The Braves want to move their Spring Training to the Toytown landfill site. There is a lot of speculation on what that means for the Rays. [10News]
  • Another story on the impact of Braves on the Rays. [TampaBayTimes]
  • Evan Longoria talks about some of his favorite local attractions. [Creative Loafing]
  • Kevin Kiermaier: “I truly feel like I am the best defensive outfielder in all of baseball.” []




  1. Richard from TX says:

    Was listening to the end of an Oakland game late the other night, and their announcers were gabbing on and on about SABR's latest defensive metrics ratings. It seems Kiermaier is rated #1 in baseball by their account/methodology (or maybe it was just in the AL, but I don't think so), and he holds that honor by a preposterously large margin over the #2 player (Manny Machado). No one was even in his zip code ratings-wise.

  2. Gus says:

    I'd be curious where KK's season ranks historically. Among OFs, there is nobody better in the last 30 years that I can recall. You'd have to back to Garry Maddox in the 70s I think to get KKs range/coverage.

    Nice series win in Boston (and season series win 10-9). Amazing that they let Erasmo face Papi a third time in the 7th. Your bullpen looks a lot better when the finish line in 6 outs, not 12 or 14. What a season by Erasmo, and full credit to the front office on that trade (Montgomery still may be good down the road, by Erasmo put together a great season and kept the team together when all the starters went down).

    • Rob says:

      If you go by defensive WAR and if the season ended today he would rank 5th all time among all defensive positions. Simmons (ATL) is tied for first from his 2013 season with Trey Turner from 1906. Ozzie Smith's 89 season is sixth:

      If you go by Total Zone Runs he is having the 17th best season of all time as a CF:

      • Dave L says:

        dWAR -- As a shortstop Simmons gets much more chances than a CF right? I watched the Orioles as a kid and Belanger "the Blade" could barely hit his weight but he was a wizard at SS. Then go have cig in the dugout....

        I discount anybody pre intergration so those early 1900 guys are irrelevant. So thats two shortstops then KK then freaking Ozzie Smith, then Cargo then Brooks are you kidding me????

        If hes not unanamous GG CF then its a travshamockery.


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