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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.

Tigers 9, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: If there was an upside to the Logan Forsythe injury it is that it gave Logan Morrison a second life and he is making the most of it. Prior to the injury, Steve Pearce was starting to eat away at Morrison’s playing time, and deservedly so. But with Forsythe on the shelf, Pearce has been needed to fill in most days at second base, giving Morrison more playing time at first base. In the 11 games since the injury, Morrison has started 8. During that stretch he has 9 hits and 2 home runs — he had 9 hits and no home runs in the first 30 games of the season — and he is getting on base at a solid clip. Prior to Forsythe’s injury, Morrison had 6 walks and a .188 OBP. Since the injury he has 9 walks and a .500 OBP. Maybe more importantly, Morrison just looks like he has more confidence at the plate. Players in slumps don’t bat-flip because nothing is a sure thing. Morrison knew this ball was gone the second he hit it on Sunday.

THE BAD: The loss of Kevin Kiermaier is a huge blow no matter how you look at it, as he broke two bones in his hand diving for a ball on Saturday. Defensively, the Rays will likely use some combination of Desmond JenningsBrandon Guyer, and Steven Souza Jr. in center field. All are competent defenders, but none are even in the same league as Kiermaier. Jennings will likely get the most starts, as he did on Sunday. But while he has the speed to make great plays — he made one nice running grab on Sunday — Jennings has never been very good when asked to play center, often messing up the easy plays, which is why he moved back to left field a long time ago.

More Bad: Bases loaded and you get 8 cracks to hit the strike zone and seven miss. Not good.

Even More Bad: It is hard to hit a ball 420 feet in fair territory and not get credit for a home run. But that is exactly what happened to Steve Pearce.

THE TELLING: After giving up another home run, Steve Geltz was optioned to Durham following the game. Reliever Tyler Sturdevant has been called up. Sturdevant served a 50-game suspension last year for testing positive for amphetamines while in the Indians organization. On Saturday, the Rays called up Mikie Mahtook to take Kevin Kiermaier’s spot on the roster…

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • I don’t dislike the Rays current uniforms. They are OK. But if it were up to me, the Rays would steal this design from the Durham Bulls and make it their home uniform tomorrow. It is so good. The colors. The stripes. The old-school look with a more modern color scheme and just a touch of brightness. I love everything about it. [Durham Bulls]
  • Marc Topkin looks at all the troubles plaguing the Rays. Let’s face it, as this team stands today, they are a .500 ball club. They play some good games. They play some bad games. Sure, some will point to the return of Brad Boxberger and Alex Cobb and say “look, it will be like trading for two good players, yada, yada, yada.” Except the bullpen is only a minor annoyance right now and Cobb is only going to start 8-9 games and probably won’t anything close to the Alex Cobb we are hoping for. [TampaBay.com]
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  1. Ken J says:

    How come when the rays can't score runs everyone wants Shelton fired,but when the pitching is terrible(starters and most relievers) no one says a word about hickey ? If he is such a great pitching coach how come he hasn't solved the starters' problems. This seems like a double standard.

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  2. Tyler Durden says:

    Archer may not have the mental edge that he needs to be better than average. On a different note, our current uniforms suck. Boring, bland, marginal at best. I prefer the green and white over the current color scheme. It would be nice if they would go back to the green/white/grey, keep the "TB" on the cap (without the ray). Also, "Tampa Bay" should be on the road jerseys.

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  3. doug says:

    The team is plagued with inconsistency. It needs one good winning streak or hot streak which they cannot seem to put together...I still have hope all the pieces will click well for about twenty days or so and they get 10-11 games up on .500...that could be enough to get an invite to the wild card at least., IMO.

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  4. Ken says:

    A couple of thoughts:
    1. Archer needs to get out of his big head bullshit and go back to a work in progress. He doesn't have a + .500 record and he's yet to deserve the hype he gets.
    2. The Rays have to recognize when a player has "capped" out quicker and move him. We will not win a spot in the show with Jennings in the lineup. Let Matook play himself out of the position.
    3. Pitching on paper doesn't cut it. I think Hickey will get things turned around but, until then, please chill references to elite rotation and bullpen. We pitch like we're the second to last dance on the Titanic.

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    • Starmand says:

      About the Rays and Titanic:

      "We would like to remind our distinguished guests that the "I love Titanic" coffee mugs are on sale at Amazon.com at 90% off the regular price." Captain Edward John Smith, RMS Titanic (April 15, 1912-thirty minutes before Titanic sank)

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  5. Rob says:

    Why would Cash bring in a lefty to face Stanton and Ozuna when he has right handers available in the pen?

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