Matt Moore

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

Twins 6, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Well, Evan Longoria is hitting well. So there’s that. Longo had 2 more hits last night, including a home run, his 10th of the season. over the last 6 games, he is 11 for 23 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and 9 driven in. He was also doing the glove thing. But it is kinda hard to get excited about it when you go into the game assuming the Rays are going to find a way to make it not matter.

THE BAD: Matt Moore is regressing again. Over his last 6 starts Moore has a 7.34 ERA with just 25 strikeouts in 30.2 innings with 14 walks. Opponents are hitting .361 with a .416 OBP and most importantly, the Rays are 1-5 in those 6 games. Interestingly, his fastball velocity is up a bit, back to where it was in 2013 (~93 mph). That is still down from his early days with the Rays when he was 94-95, but still better than the last couple of years. The problem is mostly with the breaking ball and the changeup, both of which are being eaten alive by hitters. At this point it seems like his problem is mostly location and maybe he is still battling to get the feel back from Tommy John surgery. But at this point, it is not clear that Moore should be in the rotation or that he will be tradeable at the deadline. Then again, if he had a better defense behind him, not all of the hard-hit balls would fall for extra bases, in this case a leadoff inside-the-park home run.

THE TELLING: Brad Boxberger is out another 4-8 weeks with an oblique strain…The Rays are now 22-30, 9.0 games behind the Red Sox and this season could be over before the All-Star break…[Durham 3, Gwinnett 0Austin Pruitt tossed 7 shutout innings, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks with 7 strikeouts. Center fielder Jaff Decker hit a pair of home runs, his 4th and 5th of the season.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Brian Anderson is pissed off and wants to know where the leadership is. [TampaBay.com]
  • What is wrong with Chris Archer? [Numberfire]
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  1. Drew says:

    wrong link on the "BA is pissed" article. I'm assuming it's this one
    http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/rays-tv-analyst-anderson-blasts-lack-of-leadership-jennings-play/2280031

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  2. Geoff Peterson says:

    Another telling thing last night is the way Hickey was shaking his head in disgust when Guyer made no attempt to throw out the Twins 6th run at the plate. This team has no fortitude and Cash is not providing any leadership. It may be time to turn it over to Hickey as manager and finally bring in some coaches that can teach defense, base running and hitting. If not, Hickey may be the next to look for greener pastures.

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    • Ken says:

      Hickey would not take the job. Why? For the same reason JoMa left. He'd want more control over who plays where, who we draft, who we acquire, and who we let go. The team is run by stock brokers. To them it's like playing strat-o-magic 4.0. Look at what the Boy Wonder has accomplished in LA. Look at what JoMa has done with the Cubs. One is a banker the other is a long term, in the trenches baseball man. Each has a system with an enormous bankroll and deep and productive MLB and MiLB rosters.
      I've no doubt that Cash will stay, he's the ultimate yes man. Seems like a really nice guy, but really, look at his resume. He was an average college player. A less than average MLB player. He has no player development experience, no managerial experience and no leadership experience. Why, the, is he the manager? Because he's cheap and he'll do whatever Stewie and the nerds tell him to do. This team is broken, and I don't see a fix in sight.

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      • monte says:

        Ken, how do you know about this decision making process you've described? Exactly what is it that Cash does?

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        • Ken says:

          One glaring example: My partial season seats are in the press level, very close to the Rays cyber nerds box. They look directly into the Rays dugout. Did you ever notice that Casali and Conger look into the dugout before putting down a sign most of the time? I notice some suit and tie dude in that box simultaneously gesturing into the dugout. Maybe I'm totally off base here but...Last night, another game where Conger looked into the dugout before almost every pitch! Away game, yeah but really?

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