Never a good look for an outfielder.

Never a good look for an outfielder.

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

Indians 6, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Corey Kluber tossed his first career shutout, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks. Why is this good? Because the Rays actually got 3 hits. It didn’t look like they wanted any.

THE BAD: Stop me if you have heard this one before: Desmond Jennings is not good at def…STOP…Jennings is well on his way to a negative Wins Above Replacement (WAR) for defense for the third time in the last four years. That means you could pull a random replacement-level player off the street and he would play defense better than Jennings. Do you know how hard it is to be a negative-defender when you are fast? Carl Crawford was not a good defender and everybody always wanted to give him the Gold Glove because he was fast and he generally caught the balls he could reach on the run, which is more than somebody who is not fast. Jennings can’t even do that.

THE TELLING: The Indians have won 5 in a row. The Rays have lost 6 in a row…Steve Pearce has been placed on the DL. Reliever Ryan Garton was called up to take his spot on the roster and to also give Erasmo Ramirez a breather. Nick Franklin was called up to take Mikie Mahtook’s spot on the roster, who was also placed on the DL with a broken hand…[Durham 3, Charlotte 1] With Blake Snell starting for the Rays, the Bulls used 5 relievers to get through the game. Daniel Robertson went 2-4 with a double.

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  1. Ken says:

    When the Sternberg group gained control of the team's ownership prior to the start of the 2006 season they promised an innovative approach to making the Rays a winning franchise. They would draft better (Longo, Price, Moore, HellBoy), they would sign under the radar free agent vets (Pena, Hinske, Floyd, Soriano, Rodney, Keppinger), they would make shrewd trades (Zobrist, Archer) and they would trade or non tender talent when they became too expensive (Bartlett, Navarro, Shields, Crawford, Price, Upton).
    By the start of the 2008 season things began looking up. The mantra "play meaningful games in September) finally came true in 2008, then again in 2010 and 2011. They made one more post season appearance 2013. However, 2011 was a pivotal year. In the 2011 MLB draft the Rays had 10 of the first 60 picks. Most Rays fans, myself included, were excited. With a front end haul like that we were assured of young talent for years to come. Well, 5 years later we're still waiting. Only Mahtook and Snell have progressed to the big show and the jury's out on both. 5 of the 10 are no longer with club. The other three are stuck at AA. 2012 and 2013 drafts weren't much better. What ever happened to Richie Shaffer? Ciuffo and Stanek are stuck @AA. We whiffed 3 years in a row at drafting MLB future talent. Combine that with the release of Vogt, Chirinos, and Navarro, the Price and Shields trades, the dumb signings of Burrell, Luke Scott and sprinkle in all of the current injuries it's a wonder we aren't the worse team in the league. I guess my point is that while the plan was sensible the many decisions were not. The future looks dim right now. Hopefully there is still a player or two in AA or A that will help.

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  2. OriginalTom says:

    Not sure where you are getting your numbers for Jennings defense. According to Baseball-reference, he has been an above average defender at his position every year except for 2013. Also the defensive numbers are not measured against a replacement player they are measured against the average player at that position.

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  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    A fully healthy Rays team at the beginning of next season could be competitive if Cobb returns to form and the other starters return to their previous levels. The Rays need to make decisions to keep guys that can help them beyond this year and trade/jettison those that won't. Even with the power surge this season guys like Miller, Morrison, Pearce, and Conger are not going to be part of any future team that is competitive. I'd rather get some bullpen help for some of them and lose with better defense and pitching than lose 7-4 while hitting 4 solo HRs.

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