Steven Souza

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

Royals 10, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Welp, the Rays did score 5 runs. It was just the third time in their last 11 games. More importantly, it seems like Steven Souza is breaking out of his funk. After going 2-22 in the previous 6 games, he went 3-4 with a walk on Tuesday. So there’s that, I guess. Sometimes you just need a weak groundball to find an opening to get going.

THE BAD: Welcome back, Brad Boxberger. As a welcome-home present, how does another trip to the DL sound? Boxberger pitched in his first game of the year, faced 6 batters, and promptly strained a muscle in his side. But here is what is really going to toast your oats. Boxberger didn’t hurt his side on the final pitch. He hurt it on the pitch before. He clearly grabs his side after the pitch. But instead of taking himself out in a meaningless 10-4 game, he stayed in and threw another pitch, possibly making the injury worse.

MORE BAD: Does Drew Smyly have the worst body language when things are going bad? Maybe it is because he is so calm at all other times that it just seems out of place. And even when the bad body language manifests, it seems like a part of him is trying to supress it, which might just be drawing more attention to it. But in the fourth inning of last night’s game, the Royals scored five times to break a 3-3 ties and effectively end the game. The problem when a pitcher acts like this is that it is often hard to tell who they are directing their emotion at. Not only is it hard for fans to tell, but his teammates often can’t tell either. Was Smyly just angry at himself? Was he disappointed that the defense wasn’t making plays? Was he upset at the pitch selection coming from the catcher? Or was it some combination? If teammates think it is even possible that Smyly was upset at them, it won’t sit well because it will feel like they are getting blamed for his bad outing, especially in an inning when there were some questionable defensive plays. The defenders will own it. They just don’t need the pitcher making a spectacle of it.

THE TELLING: Steve Pearce left game early after aggravating his sore elbow…[Scranton WB 2, Durham 0Blake Snell  pitched 5 shutout innings, striking out 5 and giving up 3 hits and 2 walks.

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  1. Matt says:

    Always seems that when the offense actually scores runs, the starting pitching always fails. And when our starters are on point, like Sunday with odorizzi, the offense couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat. Smyly definitely needs to work on his reaction when he gets in trouble. I'm sure he's angry at himself, but it sends mixed signals to teammates, and just looks bad on the mound. Doesn't instill confidence in anyone watching.

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  2. Ken says:

    Smyly's petulant child antics aside, the Rays are a horribly constructed team. LOMO, Pearce, Dickerson are all the same type of player. Can hit with power, no speed, and all are defensive liabilities. We have nobody in our system who can even remotely cover center n KK's absence. Our catchers are just pitiful. Outside of Colome and Erasmo, our bullpen is mediocre. Top that off with a manager with little MLB experience who has the deer in the headlights look whenever the team is challenged. Ugh. Time to rebuild for 2018. Dump a bunch of the crappy players, take on some salary in trades, rebuild the farm, get younger.

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  3. monte says:

    What has happened to Mikie Mahtook?
    Last year he came up to play and got 105 official ABs, hit 9 HRs and had a respectable .295 BA. Based on his Minor League stats, last year's performance was an outlier, but even in his 20 games at Durham this year he was hitting.333.
    Frustrating. We miss KK.

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