Rays Indians Spring BaseballTime to bring back the GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

THE GOOD: The Rays were down 7-0 after 5 innings, which is when the regulars are in the game. There is nothing good to be found.

THE BAD: What Patience? On the same day we praised the Rays for finally drawing more walks than strikeouts (7 to 5 in Saturday’s game), the Rays had their worst offensive showing of the season, striking out 15 (!) times and drawing only 1 walk. In fact, the first (and only) walk came in the 8th inning after the Rays had already K’d 13 times. Makes us want to throw a bunch of bats in the shower and call them lollygaggers...Morgan Ensberg was the biggest culprit, going 0-3 with 3 Ks. Ensberg is now 3-18 (.167; all singles) with 7 Ks and only 1 walk…Reid Brignac added another 0-fer, striking out in both of his at bats. He is now 1-18 in the spring with 6Ks and 1 walk…Wade Davis. In maybe his last spring start with the Rays, Davis was pounded, allowing 6 runs in 2.2 innings on 8 hits and 2 walks. He also gave up 2 home runs.

THE TELLING: Evan Longoria once again batted third with Carlos Pena batting cleanup.


  • Justin Ruggiano accidentally struck a batgirl with his bat while taking practice swings in the on deck circle. In addition to the welt on the girl’s forehead (was she not wearing a batting helmet?), Ruggiano gave her an autographed bat inscribed with “P.S. Sorry about your head.”…And we are sure it was just a coincidence that the girl was wearing Red Sox gear. [Fort Myers News-Press]
  • Joe Maddon spoke highly of Elliot Johnson who is trying to remold himself into a utility player. [St. Pete Times]

“He’s a live-body guy, he’s got a great arm,” Maddon said. “You see him in the outfield, how easily he gets after the ball, as well as he’s a switch-hitter. He’s a very interesting utility guy to me. I feel good with him at first, second, he can play short, third and all three (outfield spots). Easily. And I would have no qualm putting him at any position, athletically speaking…But athletically speaking, I’m seeing better base­running, I’m seeing more comfort, more of a sense of belonging,” Maddon said. “He feels like he should be here now, and that’s all good.”

  • Jonny Gomes is having himself a pretty decent spring training with his new club. He is 6-14 (.429) with 2 home runs and 9 driven in. [MLB]
  • In maybe the most daring list of internet endurance since “Stuff White People Like,” David Chalk continues his list of the top Devil Rays ever. He is up to #142 and still chugging along. [Bugs and Cranks]
  • And of course he is also still churning with his “Your Team Ain’t S#!t” series. #10, the D-Backs. [Bugs and Cranks]



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