USATSI_7997316_154511044_lowresThe GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe.

RAYS 3, Cardinals 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. 7 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks. It was the second-best start this season by a Rays pitcher not named David Price, behind only Jake Odorizzi’s start against the Astros when he allowed just 1 hit in 7.1 innings. Oh yeah, and Cobb also drove in the first run with his first career hit, a double.

THE BAD: Yunel Escobar. Escobar was ejected for the second time this season when he vehemently argued a called third strike. It is clear that Escobar is an emotional guy and every once away in a while it rears its head in an ugly way. The problem last night was that it was actually a good pitch and Escobar not only argued, but he FLIPPED OUT. The same thing happened to BJ Upton when he would constantly get pissed off about borderline pitches and then umpires just stopped giving him the benefit of the doubt. And then, when there was a bad call, Upton would lose it and get ejected. Being emotional is fine and can be good. But it needs to be channeled properly or umps are going to make life miserable.

THE TELLING: Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday and Chris Archer will start Sunday against the Red Sox…According to Rays Radio, Cobb’s hit was the first in MLB by a player with the last name Cobb since 1928. Yes, that Cobb was Ty Cobb…The Rays have won 7 in a row and are now 49-53, 4 games behind the Blue Jays for 3rd place in the East and 2 games behind the Royals for 5th place in the race for the 2nd Wild Card.


  • More on Joel Peralta’s illness and trip to the DL which may have resulted from a mosquito bite. []
  • St. Louis Cardinals fans put on quite sales pitch for David Price even picking up his meal tab. [USA Today]
  • Now there is talk about the Rays actually being buyers at the trade deadline. [@JimBowdenESPN]
  • Chris Cotillo says “word is that Tampa is looking for bullpen upgrades on the trade market.” [SBNation]
  • Tim Beckham returned to the field this weekend, playing in the Gulf Coast League. []
  • Charlie Montoyo became the Durham Bulls’ all-time winningest manager, surpassing Bill Evers, who once managed the Rays for two games in 2006. [WDBB]
  • Bucs players are arriving at One Buc Place today. Football season is close, very close. [JoeBucsFan]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresNate Karns gave up just 2 unearned runs in 7 innings with 9 strikeouts and no walks in Durham’s 6-5, 11-inning loss. Wilson Betemit hit his 15th home run and Mikie Mahtook went 2-6…Second baseman Ryan Brett went 2-4 with a double and a walk for Montgomery…Catcher Justin O’Connor went 2-5 with a double and a home run for Charlotte. Blake Snell gave up 4 runs in 3.1 innings…Casey Gillaspie went 1-4 with 3 strikeouts…Tim Beckham went 3-4 as a DH for the Gulf Coast Rays.




  1. Rob says:

    Wow - if they can keep it going for the next week or so, they will be right in the thick of it.

  2. Phil says:

    Nice job by Cobb last night 2 out of three from the Sox this weekend!

  3. Phil says:

    Hey Cork,

    Any reason why Ryan Brett is still in AA? He has between this year and last around 450 at bats time to get him closer to the bigs with a promotion to AAA!

  4. Dave L says:

    Nice setting for Cobb to put on a Gibson-esque performance, with toughness and helping his own cause to boot.

  5. ken says:

    LOL, the king of hyperbole strikes again.

  6. Gus says:

    If we ever need a pinch runner off the bench, the first pitcher selected has to be Cobb. Kid had serious wheels on that double. Would like to know if that right elbow is swollen up today -- that was a nasty hit he took there.

    But to get Cobb back to 2013 Cobb gives this team some serious pitching depth.

    From 15 out to 7, they've cut their deficit by more than half. This team looks to me like it is a repeat of the 2013 Dodgers (Keirmayer promotion like the Puig promotion -- just enough to jumpstart the team).

  7. Lane Meyer says:

    Cork, while that was a good pitch, the bottom of the strikezone had not been called a strike up until that call, and one of the earlier pitches to Escobar was up and in. Once Cobb got hit, it seemed like everything either starter threw up to the plate on 1 bounce or less was a strike. Escobar had a right to complain but he needs to keep himself in the game and still get his point across.


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