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

RAYS 1, Royals (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Chris Archer. With Matt Moore looking like he will be out for the rest of the season, the Rays need Big Tree to be bigger than ever and last night he delivered 7 shutout innings. He ran into a couple of jams, but survived each because they always started with outs already on the board. Archer retired 5 of the 7 batters that led off an inning. The 2 that did get on, were later thrown out, one on a pick-off and the other on a double-play…James Loney. It looked like we were heading to extra innings when the Rays got a gift in the form of a 2-out wild pitch in the 9th inning that moved Wil Myers into scoring position. Loney then followed with a single to give the Rays a lead.

THE BAD: Replay Is Far From Perfect. The Rays were nearly screwed by the new replay system when umpires refused to overturn an obvious mistake at second base. With the Rays trying to turn-2, Ben Zobrist dropped the ball on the transfer (see play below). It was clear as day and yet despite the challenge the call was upheld. As the Rays radio broadcast described it, it was “umpires protecting umpires.” Thankfully, the call did not cost the Rays a run as the Rays got out of the inning…

THE TELLING: If you missed it earlier, Matt Moore tore his elbow ligament and may need Tommy John surgery…David DeJesus was back in the outfield for the first time since injuring his foot.


  • Here is more on Matt Moore’s injury. []
  • The Rays are now the third-cheapest team to go see in person with an average cost of $36.01 per adult. This link has the cost for all 30 teams. [BI Sports]
  • Apparently the transfer rule is being interpreted differently now and that led to the call at second base last night. []
  • Mock drafting the Bucs. [JoeBucsFan]
  • MINORS [Boxscores] Nate Karns was pounded again in his second start with the Durham Bulls, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 4.2 innings. He did strikeout 9. Offensively, the Bulls managed just 4 hits, including 3 singles.

Here is the play that was not overturned by replay.

Chris Archer had the best reaction to the bad call.





  1. JMN says:

    The replay system will take some tweaking to be perfect. However, it does not help when you have ignorant umpires not admitting to their mistakes.

  2. Brianknowsbest says:


    you think the elbow problem is the reason for the drop in velocity. Has to be. I couldnt understand how he dropped from 95-97, to 90-93. I would bet to think it was pre exhisting espicially since his injury last year.

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    We can't have situations where the umpires in central replay are failing to overturn an obvious mistake. The idea is to take it out of the hands of the umps on the field so that they don't get heat from the teams/managers for a call. This will begin to look like favoritism if they are not getting all obvious calls correct and kill the credibility of replay.

    • Geoff Peterson says:

      It's obvious in the video that the ump is fixated on the base and not the catch, he doesn't move his head or make the safe call until after the ball hits the ground so he never see the catch and attempt to transfer. How replay missed it is anybody's guess.

  4. Greg says:

    The transfer rule is being interpreted differently now. Dwayne and Brian mentioned it and I saw it again last night when Josh Hamilton caught a ball in center and dropped it on the transfer. It was also called a drop when challenged and was as obviously a catch under last year's interpretation as Zobrist's.

    • Danny Speer says:

      The same thing happened in Seattle last night to Dustin Ackley.....two catches that were obvious outs, but he dropped the ball when getting it out of his rule: safe on both occasions. When is a catch not a catch?

  5. Dave L says:

    I don't know why there is such an uproar. They explained it during the broadcast. I dont remember whether it was during the actual broadcast or during the postgame, however.

    The Umps are just doing what they are told. There has to be a continuity during the transfer to establish complete control the entire time the fielder controls the ball or in effect he is deemed to have no control at any time including the prior tag.

    It like in NFL where they recently started ruling that a receiver had to have control with two feet inbounds AND control the ball all the way to the ground in order to score a touchdown. It went against what we were conditioned to accept.

    It will take sometime to get used to it but it is the new rule. But dont blame the Umps they are ahead of us. Blame the new rule if you wish but it will be an exercise in futility at best.

    BTW even Maddon was not aware in the post game interview where he continued to harp on it.

    Sorry for the football analogy but instant replay is the link to make the change work

    • Rob says:

      I think the uproar is that the rule doesn't make any sense. So how long does a fielder need to hold the ball in his glove before a dropped transfer is called safe? What if Zobrist caught the ball and literally held onto it for 2 seconds in his glove and then dropped it while transferring it to his throwing hand to give it back to the pitcher? I know that's extreme, but where do you draw the line? Is it one second, a 1/2 second? In my opinion the two plays are completely unrelated. As soon as he catches the ball and has secured possession of it in his glove, the runner should be called out. What happens after that is irrelevant to the previous play. If the ball was bouncing around in his glove that would be a different story because he would have never secured possession. Maddon's analogy of a first baseman doing the same thing was spot on. If a runner is out at first and Loney comes off the bag to throw the ball around the horn and drops it, under the new interpretation of the rule the runner would be called safe, which makes absolutely no sense.

  6. Beezy says:

    Whats up Cork, aha, can we not give the Tampa Bay Times online any exposure being that they now (liked they tried before) charge us to read their online articles. IDK, maybe they could give your readers (us) access to your posted articles of theirs (?). I guess while we're at it, ole' is, was, and always will be a very digressive blog that stays against the progressiveness of our Rays, and maybe should be given less exposure here. Subscriptions & digressiveness simply isn't "the Rays way"...

    • Gus says:

      For whatever reason, my mobile device gets access to Tampa Bay Times without a pay wall, while my desktop does not. So follow Topkin on Twitter and you should get all of his stuff for free.

  7. Joe Dunn says:

    Problems for many is not the cost of getting INTO a sports event. . . .it is the cost of GETTING OUT. Beer, food etc.

    But at least Rays experience is fair price-wise.

  8. chris says:

    ok, why do the Rays get a pass on a single person for parking? No free parking for singles. Still a good deal, but with half the paid parking rate included, not nearly so far down the list.
    True that you can bring in food and water (juicebox), but you can eat your homemade sandwich in the parking lot and find a water fountain at any park. the comparison only makes sense if you address the same items at each park.
    As it is, looks like someone is trying to make up lost revenue on NY level pricing on concessions. How much of that flows to the Rays?


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