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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.

Royals 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: As Matt Andriese continues to pitch like a solid middle-of-the-rotation pitcher, the Rays’ pitching depth just continues to grow. Of course, the downside is that if the Rays continue to play mediocre baseball, it means the Rays are that much closer to trading Matt Moore. The good news is that he should command a hefty ransom with seemingly few pitchers available this summer or next winter.

THE BAD: After starting the season 17-19 and seemingly coming back to Earth, the Royals entered this game having won 10 of 13. Meanwhile, the Rays entered the game having lost 7 of their last 9. That’s a bad combination and the last thing the Rays needed to do was to just giveaway runs. That’s exactly what they did in the 5th inning with the score tied 1-1. That’s when the Rays turned a Jarrod Dyson single into an easy run with the Rays basically saying, “here, just keep going around the bases, it’s cool.” It started when Desmond Jennings decided to be nonchalant on Dyson’s single up the middle, misplaying it into a double. And then Hank Conger threw the ball into left field, missing Evan Longoria by about 20 feet.

Things are going so poorly for the Rays right now that even when they hit a groundball up the middle, Alcides Escobar was able to leap over the ball, seemingly without even looking at it. Instead of Escobar being called out (if the ball had hit him) and the Rays getting the second out in the inning, Escobar went to third on the play and scored the go-ahead run when the next batter singled.

THE TELLING: Ryan Webb went on the DL with a pectoral strain. He has had the injury for about a month. But this seemed like a good time to go to the DL as the Rays needed a roster spot for Brad Boxberger…The Rays are now 22-27, 8.0 games behind the Red Sox and 1.5 games behind the 4th-place Yankeees…[Durham 5, Scranton WB 3] Nick Franklin hit his 5th home run for Durham. Dayron Varona hit his 6th.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Brad Boxberger will not jump right back into the closer’s role. [MLB.com]
  • The Rays are one of the best teams in baseball at using the shift. [Mark Simon]
  • Peter Gammons wrote about Brandon Guyer. [Gammons Daily]
  • “Andrew Friedman is public enemy number 1” [Forbes]
  • More Americans are fan of MLB than the NBA. Interestingly, MLB is blasted for their aging fan base. It turns out the NFL has a similar problem. [BI Sports]
  • Is Jonny Gomes retiring? Maybe. [MLBTR]
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  1. Jim says:

    Cork,
    What gives? In the past, this site was almost a daily updated site. If there was going to be any missed days due to a family issue or vacation, we knew that upfront.

    This season, this site is basically hit or miss. We can go through entire series without a post. I truly enjoy this site, but honestly it is losing my interest fast. I asked you this in a previous post, is this the Raysindex of the future? The last GBT was on the 23rd!!!! Has this site been reduced to articles about pizza promotions?

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    • Beazy says:

      Maybe if Dolman & AdChoices paid him a lil' more for his time...

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    • Stove says:

      RI was one of my favorite sites for a solid decade, and the gradual decline of content here over the past year is concerning. Draysbay is the best Rays related alternative I know of, and I can't freakin stand Draysbay. Ugh. 🙁

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  2. Jose Hernandez-Sosa says:

    I think it follows the Rays season so far.

    Hit and miss.

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  3. monte says:

    5/31/2016 Rays lose to Royals 5-10 and strike out 14 times.
    5/30/2016 Rays lose to Royals 2-6 and strike out 10 times.
    5/29/2016 Rays lose to Yankees 1-2 and strike out 14 times.
    5/27/2016 Rays lose to Yankees 1-4 and strike out 9 times.
    5/26/2016 Rays lose to Miami 1-9 and strike out 16 times.
    5/25/2016 Rays lose to Miami 3-4 and strike out 11 times.
    5/24/2016 Rays beat Miami 4-3 but strike out 10 times.
    5/21/2016 Rays lost to Tigers 4-5 and strike out 15 times.

    How are you going to move runners on the bases if you can't get the ball in play? Am I overstating the problem? That is 8 games with 99 strikeouts and a 1-7 record and over 12 strikeouts per game on average.

    Can Matt Moore command a hefty ransom? He's 2-3 with a 5.31 ERA. He and Archer are major disappointments in 2016. In his last 7 games his ERA is a swollen 6.41. Numbers like that don't command a hefty ransom, do they? In his last 3 games he's pitched 16.2 innings and given up 25 hits! He's not the pitcher he was in 2013. Can he become that pitcher again?

    Other than Andriese our starting pitchers seem to be struggling through a rough patch which I hope will not last.

    We are not the defensive team of previous years. There are just too many mental lapses and careless plays.

    The Rays need to get a grip. They need to be shook up. Can Cash do it? Maybe trading Moore would help. I'd hate to see him go, but what are we going to do with all this pitching depth after Cobb returns and Snell (2-4, 3.51 ERA) comes up? Snell? In his last 10 games, he's got into the 6th inning only 1 time. That doesn't look very positive to me. Strikeouts are very strong but it is runs scored that beat you.

    I'm very discouraged with how the Rays are playing in 2016. This could end up being a very dismal season that will disappoint those of us who had very high hopes with our pitching potential. Productive hitting has failed us. Strong pitching has alluded us. Excellent fielding is a thing of the past.

    Where is there hope for this team?

    Monte

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