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

RAYS 7, Indians 6 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Michael Brantley. Who? The Indians center fielder. Carlos Pena is the master of the three true outcomes (HR, BB, K). But with the tying run on first, he laced a single to center field that Brantley inexplicably dove for and played into a triple. Not only did that allow the Rays to tie the game (if he just knocks the ball down, it is 1st and 3rd), but it put the go-ahead run on third base with just one out. And Ben Zobrist would complete the comeback one batter later with a single.

THE BAD: James Shields. Nobody needs the break more than James the Greater. He worked his typical 7 innings, but not before giving up 10 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter…BJ Upton. The other player that needs a break is Bossman. On Sunday he went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts. It is the third time this season he has struck out 4 times in a game. He is one of only 4 players this season to do it 3 times. He also has 24 Ks in his last 14 games. Not good…More Errors. Eight different players have played third base this season for the Rays. And it showed when Jeff Keppinger completely whiffed on a bouncing ball allowing a run to score in the third.

THE TELLING: Jeremy Hellickson will start the first game after the break, followed by David Price and James ShieldsDavid Price has had a great first half, but there is no way he deserves to start the All-Star game over Justin Verlander (who will start), Jered Weaver or Chris Sale…The Rays will have two single-A pitchers in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, including Felipe Rivero and Enny Romero…Strange stat of the Day: The Rays are now 17-6 in Getaway games (travelling after game). But they are 0-6 in the final game of a series in which they are not traveling afterwards (home series followed by another home series)…Chris Archer was pulled from his start on Saturday with what was called “left oblique tightness” and “precautionary”…The Rays enter the break 45-41, 7.5 games behind the Yankees, but only one-half game behind the Orioles in the Wild Card.


  • As some of you are aware, I do more than write about the Rays. And you can see one example in the second GIF in this video. [YouTube] And if you want to see more, the best place is @CorkGaines on Twitter. [Twitter]
  • Carl Crawford on his elbow: “Probably at some point it’s going to blow out on me.” [Boston Herald]
  • A local paper spoke with one of the Rays first-round picks from the 2011 draft about how he is doing this year. []
  • Just how good was the Bucs off-season? [JoeBucsFan]


Gwinnett 11, DURHAM 9. Lance Pendleton was pounded for 8 runs in just 2.2 innings, giving up 10 hits and a walk…C Chris Gimenez went 4-4 with a walk and his 4th home run…2B Reid Brignac had 2 hits including his 7th home run…1B Henry Wrigley was 3-5 with his 9th home run. He is hitting .337 in 49 games since being promoted…SS Tim Beckham went 0-5.

Jackson 8, MONTGOMERY 3. Jake Thompson gave up 5 runs in 5 innings on 10 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6… SS Hak-Ju Lee had his hitting streak snapped, but did walk 3 times.

Palm Beach 5, CHARLOTTE 3. RF Mikie Mahtook hit his 4th home run and added his 17th stolen base…DH Derek Dietrich was 2-4 and is hitting .269.

BOWLING GREEN 7, Lake County 5. 1B Cameron Seitzer was 2-3, his 3rd multi-hit game in the last five…RF Drew Vettleson was 0-4.

HUDSON VALLEY 7, Auburn 2. Taylor Guerrieri returned to the mound and pitched 3 shutout innings, giving up just 1 hit. He struck out 2 and walked none.

Danville 9, PRINCETON 4. SS Brandon Martin had a double and a walk in 5 plate appearances.





  1. Michael says:


  2. don says:

    Guess its how you play the game...Brantley was trying to save the game..if he lets the ball fall in front of him (ala Upton) game still on and the Rays still have a great chance with Zo coming up..He took a shot and lost..
    Hopefully Maddon learned something with E. Johnson at top of order (which I have been screaming for weeks) get Pena out of the Top and he might have something... If Kepp never catches a ground ball they need him, how about DH hitting 3rd....Scott rotate in the field esp at 1St Base...
    Few minor changes they have a chance for wild card..

  3. brianknowsbest says:


    I know it really early. But Taylor Guerri is dominating. There were also rave reviews out of extended spring training. I know the rays like to take their time with pitching prospects, but What are the chances he gets promoted this year to high A or AA? Granted he keeps it going

    • Cork Gaines says:

      If it happens, it wouldn't be until the final week or two of the season just to give him a taste. He just came off two missed starts because of some discomfort in his arm. I'd be surprised if they want to push this early. I think he has the build to move a little quicker than most pitchers, but it will still be slow.

  4. brianknowsbest says:

    do you think by year end/ next year TG will be the rays #1 prospect? or does Hak ju lee still take it?

    • Cork Gaines says:

      They will both be right there along with Chris Archer. I'm not sure there will be a clear-cut #1 as in year's past. But those three will be at the top and Mikie Mahtook will be just a notch below them along with Enny Romero and Drew Vettleson.

  5. s says:

    hey don,
    how's letting crawford walk looking like now? the FO has made some questionable moves in the past few years, but this surely wasn't one of them. could honestly be one of the worst FA signings in MLB history.

    • don says:

      Next time the Rays sign a 10yr .300 hitter than can steal 60 bases and be an gold glove outfielder..let me know...
      and please don't bring up longoria/ Jennings as being close....
      or are you forgeting Burrell that the Rays gave him $16 Mil and let him go help another team win the WS...or Hamilton lose for $25,000.. CC has another 5-6 years to go..then lets talk..

      • s says:

        yep we had a 10 year .300 hitter on the cheap. just like we had a scott kazmir on the cheap.

        Carl Crawford won't be in MLB in six years. it will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in history. after his TJ surgery, he'll miss most of next year, if not the entire thing. the red sox will have received less than 600ABs,30SBs, and 70RBIs for $60 million at the end of next year, and will still be on the hook for another $80 million.


  6. Alex says:

    Crawford will be lucky to see 300 ab's in the next two seasons combined. His skill, speed, is going to diminish quickly as he is getting up there in age. His injury history in the past 3-4 years doesn't bode well either. That Crawford contract has been a disaster for the first two years and the first 5 years were supposed to be when they cashed in on Crawford. Instead they are going to end up with a mediocre outfielder for 8 more years that can't stay healthy.


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