Alex Colome

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, Red Sox 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Yes, Kevin Kiermaier is a great defender, but he needs to show that he can be more consistent offensively. After picking up 4 hits in the first 2 games of the season, he had been 1-24 since, until the top of the 10th inning when he curled a home run around Pesky’s Pole in right field that turned out to be the game-winner. Here is the home run with Dave Wills’ call.

THE BAD: C’mon, Drew! In the 8th inning of a scoreless tie, Drew Smyly made a “great” play on a pop-up in foul ground. It is hard to say for sure if Logan Morrison could have made the play, but it looks like he would have (James Loney makes the play easily, but that’s another story for another day). But as great as the play was on Smyly’s part, it was also idiotic. He ends up tumbling over Morrison and landing on his left shoulder. Listen guys, don’t listen to Brian Anderson. He’s full of it and is completely biased. No team in baseball wants to see their star left-handed starting pitcher go tumbling and landing on their throwing shoulder. Smyly was fine and it was a big out. But this is not the playoffs. It is April. That’s when Kevin Cash walks over to Smyly and says, “great play, don’t ever f***ing do it again!” and pats him on the ass.

THE TELLING: Drew Smyly had his second-straight game with 11 strikeouts, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks and going 1-2-3 in 7 of his 8 innings…Alex Colome picked up his second save, this time of the more traditional variety, coming in with a 3-run lead and facing just 3 batters, striking out 2…Over the last 2 days, the Rays have used 2 relief pitchers who threw a total of 21 pitches (they had an off-day on Monday). The Red Sox have used 8 different relief pitchers, including 2 pitchers twice (that includes closer Craig Kimbrel). Those pitchers have thrown a total of 225 pitches. That bodes well for Wednesday’s game…Logan Morrison is now 2-39 and is hitting .054, the lowest average in MLB (min. 25 at bats) and one of only four players with an average below .100…Jake Odorizzi will now start Thursday’s game.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Kevin Cash says he has no plans to bench Logan Morrison in favor of James Loney, umm, I mean Steve Pearce. [TBO.com]
  • Steven Souza visited the woman in the hospital who was hit in the face by one of his foul balls. Turns out she was a White Sox fan in town visiting fans. Souza says she “tried to lift the burden off of” him and that he appreciated it. [TBO.com]
  • Chris Archer says his problem is that he hasn’t had his “A slider” yet. [TampaBay.com]
  • An interview with prospect Taylor Motter. [Hit Bull Win Blog]
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  1. Nathan says:

    Who would've thought we'd be regretting the day we cut Loney. Even if all he hit was singles, at least they were singles!

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  2. Gus says:

    The funny thing about first base was how often Loney was playing with the starters in spring training -- he was there almost every game that I saw or looked at the box score. I get that they were trying to showcase him or whatever, but whatever transition Morrison is going through now could have been eased had he been the 1b de facto starter from the beginning.

    And get him out of the No. 2 hole -- just making the pressure worse on him.

    Great game by Smyly. When he is healthy and dialed in, I'm not sure I've ever seen a Rays pitcher be in such command. Maybe Peak James Shields. And Price had a game or two in Boston that were virtuoso performances like last night. But that was maybe a Top 10 all time Rays pitching performance last night.

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  3. monte says:

    I'm with you, Gus. Why in the world is Morrison hitting in the #2 spot? Why? I also wonder why we can't take someone like Guyer and teach him how to play 1B, or perhaps Jennings or Mahtook, Shaffer, anyone who can hit. I don't know Morrison's problem----is he adjusting to new surroundings? I get it that he hit just .225 last year and has never been this bad, but when a guy is hitting .054 after two weeks, he needs to take a long rest or at a minimum get moved down in the batting order.

    And who was that guy who said he thought Archer is hurt? Archer laughed at him? I don't know if Archer is hurt, but there's no laughing now. He's been pathetic. He needs to be checked out. Maybe there is something wrong physically.

    Sometimes these guys are so self-centered they're willing to go out and hurt the team rather than admit something is wrong with them physically. I'm not saying that's what Archer is doing, only that he should be checked before he does himself more damage if there is a physical problem.

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    • Rob says:

      The Morrison experiment is getting ridiculous.

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    • Chris D says:

      Pretty sure Archer is still suffering the ill effects of starting on short rest on opening day last year.

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      • monte says:

        Poor Cork is never going to be able to shake that explanation.

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        • Michael says:

          At least we stopped giving him crap about the time he said Kevin Kiermaier's not a great defender, he just happens to be fast and runs down a lot of fly balls.

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