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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, White Sox 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Yes, Brandon Guyer had a huge game and deserved his post-game interviews, but the best play of this game came off the bat of Steve Pearce. Grabbing an early lead is something the Rays haven’t done much of this season, so it was nice to see Pearce drive in Guyer in the first inning for the 1-0 lead. But what is really exciting about this play is the swing. Pearce swings his bat like he is hitting a fungo in pre-game warmups and yet the ball hits the top of the wall in the deepest part of the park.

THE BAD: I mean, c’mon. How does this keep happening? In the third inning with 2 outs and a runner on first base, Steve Pearce fielded a ground ball and flipped it to Matt Moore trying to get the runner at first. The runner was called safe. The play did look ugly to the naked eye. Moore kinda stutter-stepped looking for the bag and then only hit the back of the bag and in some replays it wasn’t clear which foot came down first. But then you get the angle that showed both feet clearly and it is clear the runner is out. But wait, this is MLB and the call was upheld on review. Sure enough, the next batter singled and the game was tied.

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THE TELLING: The Rays picked up their first save of the season which gave us our first look at how Kevin Cash might handle a close game the Rays actually have a chance to win. In this case, he went to Alex Colome for the 5-out save. Of course, the Rays have a day off on Monday, so using the maybe-maybe-not closer for 5 outs is easier to deal with, but at the same time, the Rays have said they want more multiple-inning outings from their relievers. It will be interesting to see if longer saves become the norm.

MORE TELLING: Hank Conger is now 0-7 throwing out base stealers this season. Of the last 53 attempts, he has thrown out ONE and he is now 0 for his last 45. That’s a problem…The Rays are now 5-7, in last place in the AL East, 3.5 games behind the Orioles.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • After the ugly incident in which a ball hit by Steven Souza found its way through gap in the netting several feet tall and wider than a baseball, striking a fan in the face, new netting has been put in place. The Rays released a statement saying, “Our thoughts are with the injured fan and her family and we wish her a complete recovery. Steps have been taken to ensure this unfortunate incident will not be repeated.” [TBO.com]
  • As for the fan, she suffered facial fractures and was still in the hospital on Sunday. [TampaBay.com]
  • Rays players talk about using chewing tobacco and the ban they will face while playing on the upcoming road trip. The general consensus seems to be, “chewing tobacco is stupid, but we still do it anyway, it’s baseball.” [TBO.com]
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  1. doug says:

    Look at the team stats for this brief season: so far the Rays are 28th or 29th in many of the leading offensive stats...BA; Runs Hits, RBI, OBP...
    I know, it is early...!

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  2. Brent says:

    I know the Rays (like most teams) can be stubborn, but how long can we put up w/ Miller over Beckham? I know Timmy isn't much better, but tech. it's almost 2x's better!
    And, when is it time for Maile (ba.368)?

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    • Political_Man says:

      IDK man. It's a bit early to abandon Miller quite yet. He hit an absolute MOAB on Saturday and then followed up by going the other way around few innings later for a double (I admit should have been a single.)

      Man if he could start putting ABs more lake that most games...

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  3. monte says:

    I don't know about Maile, he was at Durham last year and hit a mere 207. Casali hit10 homeruns last year in just 101 ABs with the Rays. If he could maintain that pace over a season, you're looking at near 40 HRs. His BA was .238. Maybe Casali can be THE catcher. We need one.

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