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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 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Jake Odorizzi was OK, giving up 7 hits in 5 innings and striking out just 1. He was able to work out of a huge jam in the 4th inning when the Orioles scored one run and then worked the bases loaded with one out. Odorizzi was able to get a popup and then a double-play to end the inning and the bleeding. But the big play for the Rays came in the 6th inning. After going hitless in 8 games, Kevin Kiermaier is starting to warm up. In his last 8 games, he is 9-28 (.321) with 7 extra-base hits. That includes what turned out to be the game-winning 2-run home run on Tuesday.

THE BAD: What’s worse, a bad defender who knows he is bad or a good defender who thinks he is great? I’m not sure, but Desmond Jennings is certainly in the latter group. It seems like a couple of times a month we see Jennings try to make a play he shouldn’t be trying to make. Last night it was trying to throw a runner out at home with a rainbow throw that missed the cutoff and allowed a runner to move up to second base.

THE TELLING: Logan Morrison has been dropped to sixth in the batting order. Brad Miller batted second last night…Curt Casali has started 9 of the last 11 games at catcher after he and Hank Conger alternated the first 9 games of the season. Of course, Conger has failed to throw out 47 straight base stealers…The bullpen threw 4 scoreless innings, giving up just 2 hits…Brad Boxberger is throwing off a mound and is targeting a return in mid-May.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Kevin Kiermaier has been wearing a fluorescent green tank top under his jersey during his hot streak and it seem he is getting superstitious about it.

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  1. Ken says:

    Rays appear to be gelling a bit. LoMo lineup demotion makes sense. He still needs to get his mind right, but my gut feeling is that it's coming. Time to cut bait on Dez. He's no 5 hitter and more often than not doesn't produce in crucial situations. Soon he'll be the reason Cory gets pitched around. Matook a cheaper option as is Guyer, both have more upside. Love to see him part of a package to the Brewers for Lucroy. The bullpen looking sharp, hopefully Cash doesn't burn them out like he did last year. Go Rays, a sweep would feel good.

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  2. Gus says:

    I believe this to be the best Rays pitching staff ever, top to bottom. Plus Snell and maybe Cobb.

    If they can solve the current mystery of C-SS-1B both offensively and defensively (and they have some other options), and stay mostly healthy, this will be the best Rays team ever.

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  3. Rob says:

    Some really good things happening. These core of four relievers we've seen trotted out there recently are filthy. I almost wish they could trade Boxy and keep this group in tact and bring up Snell to plug into the 5th spot in the order when it's time vs sending Erasmo there.

    Finally, they switched Miller and LoMo. Just makes so much sense given Miller's speed.

    Now, if they switch Dez and Souza they will be set. Souza has too much power to be hitting 7th and Dez can't protect Dickerson. This is actually the lineup I've been using in Road to the Show:

    Frosty
    Miller
    Longoria
    Dickerson
    Souza
    LoMo
    Jennings
    KK
    Casali

    Now you've got speed at the top and bottom and power in the middle and keep the l/r/l/r approach in tact.

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  4. Chris says:

    Longo has to be something other than a .230 hitter. Bad sign that each year seems to be a fall-off. Long term contract could bite Rays here a bit.

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    • Brent says:

      Nah, he's a great return on their investment by being a face of the franchise then his bat, though his defense is worth a greatvdeal alone

      Çx

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