Blake Snell

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

RAYS 13, Red Sox 7 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: After scoring just 29 runs in the previous 11 games, the offense had one of the best days of the season. The 13 runs tied for a season-high and was just the fourth time this season the Rays topped 10 runs in a game. The 18 hits was also a season-high. The good news is that this might not have been that fluky. Despite losing the final two games of the Orioles series, we could see the bats starting to come alive. The Rays scored 11 runs and had 26 hits in those two games. On Monday night, five batters had 3 hits, including Logan Forsythe who had a long home run, and Nick Franklin who drove in 5. In addition, Oswaldo Arcia had 3 hits for the second straight game, going 3-5. But maybe the best part of last night’s win was Blake Snell. It wasn’t a dominating performance. He did give up 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks in 5.1 innings, but we saw glimpses of the hype for the second straight start. Even David Ortiz was in awe of Snell’s curveball.

THE BAD: Curt Casali is having a rough go at the plate. Over his last 9 games, he is 1-24 with 9 strikeouts and no walks. In his last 32 games, he has 11 hits and 28 strikeouts. It is so frustrating. It is like a broken record. The Rays’ catchers can’t hit. And I don’t just mean they are not good hitters. Like, they are really bad and they always are.


THE TELLING: Attendance was listed at 18,024. It didn’t look like that many people were there…The Rays placed Ryan Webb on waivers and designated him for assignment. Danny Farquhar, who had been DFA’d earlier, replaced Webb on the roster…The Durham Bulls were rained out.


  • We’ve been talking about this for a while now, but the national sports media is starting to wonder if the Rays should trade Evan Longoria. [SoE]
  • Matt Silverman said the team is not ready to sell. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Kevin Cash: “I’m good at handling rough times. I hit .180 for an entire career. I’m accustomed to having some bad times.” Kevin, that is not very reassuring. We don’t want the Rays to be a .180 hitter. [Tampa Bay Times]




  1. Rob says:

    While watching the game last night, I couldn't shake the possibility that is was within the realm of reason that the Rays could have lost this game even with a 9-0 lead.

  2. Ken H says:

    Welcome to the new Rays. Seems to me that not that long ago the Rays would break a losing streak by winning 3-1 on a stellar pitching performance by Price, Shields, Kaz, Hell Boy or Nieman with Zorilla or Longo having a clutch hit or two. I have a buddy who lives out in Vegas and he called this morning to tell me that there was an incredible amount of $ betting a Sox come back from the 6th on. Scary.

  3. Craig says:

    As much as I like Longoria, if the offer were good enough, of course they have to consider trading him. Also, I think at this point playing for a contender before he gets too long in the tooth (in baseball years) has got to be a consideration whether he admits it in an interview or not.


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