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

Tigers 6, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Broadcasting from the Porch. Sun Sports should do this more often.

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THE BAD: Too many games and too many teams. The Rays are now 10-12 since their 9-game winning streak and are now 8 games behind the Tigers in the Wild Card (9 in the loss column). The Rays would need to go 26-10 just to get to 87 wins and that probably will still be a game or two short of the second Wild Card spot. More importantly, there are 5 teams the Rays would need to pass. Not all of those teams are going to start stinking at the same time. According to one model, the Rays now have a 0.7% chance of making the playoffs. In other words, it ain’t happenin’ this year.


Offense. The Rays have now been shutout 15 times, 2 short of the franchise record (17) set in 1998, their inaugural season. That is also second in the majors, trailing only the San Diego Padres (16).

THE TELLING: The Rays have been shutout 15 times and thrown 16 shutouts. That means 24.6% of their games this season have seen one of the teams fail to score a single run…


  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresMike Fontenot’s 1-out single in the bottom of the 9th was the game-winner for the Bulls. Matt Andriese lowered his ERA to 3.76 with 6 strikeouts and no walks, giving up just 1 run in 5 innings. Tim Beckham went 1-3 with a double and a walk and is 11-27 in his first 6 games with the Bulls this season.

Several players, along with David Price, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, with a bulldozer. Here is the money shot.

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And here is the video.





  1. starmand says:

    The problem with the pitching/defense theorem is that in order to win a game, runs (or points) have to be scored. In a nutshell, score more runs (or points) than the opposing team. And to achieve that, offense is required.

    As to the Rays, the offense is pretty much offensive at this point. Frankly, it stinks. Add to that a breakdown of the pitching/defense postulates and...Voila! The 2014 Tampa Bay Rays!

    Still...Go Rays! At this point I don't really care if it's up or down. Quite a few years of both.

    Btw, could a more encouraging team jingle/score than the present "Rays Up" be employed? You know, the da-da-da-da-da thing. It is highly reminiscent of my long gone days of being drunk-as-a-Templar. That's how I figger' I sounded like.

  2. starmand says:

    About the previously mentioned jingle/musical score.

    Personally, I would have preferred a tune out of "In-a-gadda-da-vida" by Iron Butterfly.

    Something with more "kick".

  3. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    It's pretty obvious the Rays theme jingle for the rest of the year should be "Taps", but the next month and a half should be a lot of fun.

    The September call ups and returning injured player(s) should really add a little spice to the games, and we can all enjoy the Rays playing spoilers.

    Imagine a world where once again the Red Sox and Yankees are sitting at home in October... see, that almost makes having the Rays sitting at home in October tolerable.


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