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

RAYS 12, Red Sox 8 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: We can talk about what happened at the end of the game and a lot of good stuff happened, but the biggest moment of the game was Evan Longoria going deep off of David Price. The Red Sox had jumped out to a 5-1 lead, and despite Price’s struggles against the Rays, it looked like it was game over. But then Longo went deep, and I mean deep, to straight-away center, over the Monster. It was like a boxer getting jabbed to death and then all of a sudden landing a hook to the chin. Suddenly, Price looked a little shaken and vulnerable. Just check out the look on Price’s face as he watched the ball sail over the wall.

THE BAD: Jake Odorizzi needs to be better and he is lucky the batters bailed him out. Here is how the first 8 batters went for the Red Sox:

  1. Single
  2. Home run
  3. Double
  4. Lined out sharply
  5. Single
  6. Double
  7. Single
  8. Double-steal

And like Price, Odorizzi seemed to be stunned by the home run. You can even see his shoulders slump immediately after Dustin Pedroia swung the bat.

THE TELLING: Brandon Guyer just has a knack for getting hit by pitches. He had 3 on Thursday and now has 5 this season. He led MLB with 24 last season even though he only started 79 games. his OBP since the start of the 2015 season is .371. If we take away the hit-by-pitches, his OBP is just .301…David Price’s career ERA against the Rays is now 6.75, his worst ERA against any team with a min. of 2 starts…The Rays are now 7-8, 3.5 games behind the Orioles and tied with the Blue Jays and Red Sox.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Strangely, Logan Morrison’s struggles may actually have gotten him more starts. Basically, Kevin Cash admitted he is trying to get guys going and that means getting them playing time to break out of slumps. When asked if this meant less playing time for Steve Pearce, Cash said “I don’t know. Maybe to an extent.” [TBO.com]
  • Peter Gammons thinks the Rays have a “new philosophy” this season, which is to pitch higher up in the strikezone. Of course, we have been talking about this “new philosophy” for two years. There had been hints before that, but it really became obvious after the Drew Smyly trade in 2014 when he came to the Rays and immediately started pitching up in the strikezone and had good, early success with the Rays. [Gammons Daily]
  • Romano: “Look, chances are the stadium is not going to be built in your back yard. Or even your downtown. But driving 40 minutes for a big league game sounds a whole lot better than actually driving to Georgia.” [TampaBay.com]
  • Here is a cool look at exactly how Kevin Kiermaier compares to other great center fielders. The bigger the shape, the better.

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  1. Geoff Peterson says:

    I had a feeling signing a lefty like Price to an obscene contract to pitch half his starts in a bandbox park that favors righty power hitters might be a bad idea.

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  2. Brent says:

    Man that was nice to see "the Price was wrong" in Bah'stun. But, what about Guyer playing 1st!?

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  3. Ken says:

    It's clear that Cash is just another robotic MLB manager sold on saber splits. He goes by the book in almost every instance where a crucial decision needs to be made. Replacing Romero almost lost the game for us. The kid was throwing darts, 98+ darts, with a three run lead. But, a walk to Vasquez determined his cyber fate. Get some cajones Cash and let the kids develop. While you're at it note Guyer's performance and compare it to LoMo's. LoMO looks clinically depressed. Guyer looks hungry and confident. Find a way or find the door.

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