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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.

Cleveland 7, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria is good at baseball and Brad Miller has the talent to be good at baseball. We have talked about this before with Tim Beckham and the same applies here. When Miller hits home runs, he hits bombs. He is not a big guy. So what that tells you is that he has tremendous bat speed. Anybody in MLB can get lucky from time to time and hit a ball that just clears the fence. There is no accident in hitting the ball 461 feet as Miller did last night. That’s a big boy home run. Of course, his issue is more about making consistent, solid contact. If he can ever get that part down, Miller is a 30-home run hitter.

THE BAD: You get an injury! You get an injury! You get an injury! The injuries are coming in bunches now. Mikie Mahtook — who is replacing the injured Kevin Kiermaier — took a pitch off his hand and broke a bone. He’s heading to the DL. Later in the game, Steve Pearce came up lame running to first, injuring his hamstring. There has not been a decision on his status, but a DL stint would seem likely. What made Pearce’s injury worse is that it came on a lazy fly ball? Did he misread the ball? It did get near the wall. And yes, hustle is good. But let’s go easy on a fly balls in a 3-run game in the 9th inning. Also, where was he going after he got to first base? It was as if he still had visions of running to second base with a potentially torn hamstring. JUST STOP AT FIRST BASE.

THE TELLING: Erasmo Ramirez gave up 2 home runs and now it looks like he is going to get some much-needed rest…The Rays hit their 100th home run in the 68th game of the season, nine games earlier than their previous fastest trip to 100 home runs (2009)…Blake Snell returns to the mound tonight…[Durham 3, Charlotte 2 (10)Justin Marks struck out 4 and walked none in 6.1 innings, giving up 2 runs. Daniel Robertson was 1-3 with a pair of walks.

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  1. Ken says:

    Wow, things got ugly even quicker than I expected. The sound you may have heard as Pearce approached 1B last night was the final shoe dropping on the Rays season. Far too many injuries to sugar coat the obvious. .500 baseball now looks like an unreachable goal. No MLB team can overcome injuries like the Rays have sustained so far this year. But, aside from the injuries, there are other culprits that made this season look dim from the get go. Talent evaluation is terrible. Keeping Jennings and Beckham on the 40 man roster this spring caused two promising players (Ricard and Goedell) to be lost. Both are playing well for other teams. In game management is terrible. Last night Cash, for the 7th time by my count, mismanaged the pitching staff. "It's on me" he says of bringing Smyly out for the 7th. It's also on him for bringing in Erasmo in the 8th. He's burning his pen out even faster than last year. Only three guys get the ball in high leverage situations. What about the other 4? If they're not capable why are they in the Bigs? Despite the HR's, we are incompetent with RISP. Might a hitting coach be concerned? Apparently not.

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    • monte says:

      OK, Ken, I'll bite. Just who are Ricard and Goedell?

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      • Ken says:

        Rule 5 outfielders lost to the O's and Phils.
        OF Joey Rickard (25) 5 HR, 13 RBI, .263 AVG, .319 OBA, .378 SLG .697 OPS
        OF Tyler Goedell (23) 3 HR, 12 RBI, .242 AVG, .286 OBA, .379 SLG, .669 OPS
        Both pretty much every day players. Both rookies. Both have more upside than Dez and Timmy.

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        • monte says:

          Thanks. You had left the "k" out of Rickard. You are right about his numbers. Very impressive, especially compared to Jennings and Beckham.

          Goeddel doesn't look bad either, especially as a 23 year old.

          Oh, well, they're gone while we're protecting 27+ year old OFers in the minors.

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