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

Cleveland 4, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Drew Smyly tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and probably deserved a better fate. The three runs he did give up came on a ground out and a sac-fly. Looking back at his strikeouts you can see just why Smyly was so good and it’s all about elevation. Here are the final pitches on all 11 strikeouts. Outside of one hanging slider that caught a batter looking, all of the strikeouts came on sliders down or fastballs up. This is something the Rays have been emphasizing for a while. The old adage was keep everything down, move inside and out, and change speeds. Instead of moving inside and out, the Rays like to move up and down.

THE BAD: In the 4th inning, Carlos Santana hit a shallow flyball to right field with runners on second and third with one out. Rather than Brandon Guyer catching the ball and likely holding the runner at third, Logan Forsythe caught the ball and then rushed a throw home that got past everybody leading to the second run. Kevin Cash said after the game that it was the right play because Guyer was playing so deep on the pitch. But that feels like a comment to protect the player, because replays clearly showed that Guyer could have caught the ball. In fact, he had to hold up to avoid running into Forsythe as he was making the catch.

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THE TELLING: Rays pitchers struck out 15 batters. This is the second time already this season the Rays have struck out the other team 15 times and lost. They are the first team to ever do that twice in the first 8 games of the season…The Rays did not hit a home run, ending their streak of 21 straight games with at least one.

THE FUN: The catwalks did it again and Francisco Lindor got scared.

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  1. Rob says:

    Logan Morrison is now striking out at nearly a 50% clip (14 SOs in 29 ABs) and his OPS is below the Mendoza batting average line. How is that even possible???!!!

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  2. Tone says:

    If this team falls out of it this year, I think a full rebuild is in order. Hovering just below or at .500 each year does not mean success; despite what Topkin and Chastain consistently seem to insinuate. It's laughable to see articles this year referencing the success this team has. 2 straight years of less than mediocrity means you cannot write articles about success. No media scrutiny on this team and its ownership.

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  3. TpaBayFlyFisher says:

    If the traffic at this site is a fair indication, Tampa Bay has already given up on the Rays this season. And, who could blame us. One or two hits a game, no runs, and pitchers throwing BP to the other teams.................the new hit show should be canceled.

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    • Rob says:

      I've been thinking this for a while now. Activity, in general, has fallen off a cliff for this site.

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  4. DRR says:

    This team is a shit show. No other way to put it.

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