Steven Souza

Steven Souza

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

Pirates 4, RAYS 3 (boxscore); Red Sox 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Kevin Cash said Drew Smylyhad a really good day” as he progresses from shoulder tendonitis.

THE BAD: A fan was injured when the bat of Evan Longoria flew into the stands. You can see video of the incident hereNick Franklin committed two errors at shortstop. Overall, the Rays combined for 6 errors in the 2 games…The offense combined for 20 strikeouts and just 3 walks in the 2 games along with just 9 hits.

THE TELLING: Chris Archer, Jeff Beliveau, Brad Boxberger, Alex Colome, Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen, Jake McGee, Rene Rivera, and Brandon Guyer are the Rays out of minor league options who cannot be demoted without clearing waivers first…John Jaso was nervous in the outfield but only had one ball hit his way. He also hit leadoff…The Rays have fallen to a Grapefruit League worst 1-5 with their two losses yesterday. However, the Rays are still 110-91 in Spring Training since the 2008 season, the 5th-best record in all MLB…Jake Odorizzi will start today and Alex Cobb will be on the mound tomorrow.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays announced that Grant Balfour’s father passed away in Australia.
  • Former Rays sideline reporter Kelly Nash is now at the MLB Network. [Big League Stew]
  • Hideki Matsui has joined the Yankees front office as a special adviser to the GM. [ESPN]
  • Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has a torn ACL and is out for the year. [Twitter]

Rays players talk about new manager Kevin Cash:

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  1. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    It's hard not to start being concerned about the Rays in spring training. I don't care so much about their record, but the trends that you're highlighting are an alarming continuation of past struggles (even with a host of new talent). Can I be the first to start beating the "Shelton is ruining Rays' hitters" drum?

    At this point in the spring pitchers are usually working on areas of weakness, so hitters should have the advantage, and yet the Rays still can't show plate discipline or power. Ugh.

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    • Jim says:

      Mr Smith,
      I agree wholeheartedly that Shelton isn't a help to this team. But what is interesting, at least in spring training, is the BB/K ratio. Are we actually swinging the bat more and being aggressive or are we back to trying to work the count and taking pitches right down the middle?

      Has the Maddon/Friedman "take pitches" and try to get to the pen been abandoned? If so then Shelton's ability to actually get results may be exposed even more.

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  2. Gus says:

    Nobody seems to be scoring much in spring training (the classic "the pitchers are ahead of the hitters"), and it seems the defense has been pretty rough all around. But one week in, I'm starting to get worried abiut the Rays too.

    On the upside, Souza looks the part and can really run.

    Just need Smyly to keep improving.

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  3. doug says:

    I would get concerned if there was evidence that the team was not concerned about the offense, but as we know it is only a week and a couple of days in...so not concerned yet...now if it were April 1 and there had been no sign of improvement... but, yeah, it is noticeable...

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  4. edward williams says:

    I would think that they need to be a little concerned, we have only 3 weeks until april 1, and going by the past it makes me a little nervous. I know that not all the players that are playing are going to be here on opening day, but those numbers are alarming. Not worried about the record, but the hitting. Well i'll give it another week or so before I go into full panic mode, lol. I'm going to have to agree with mr.smith about Shelton. If he is the first , than let me be the second. Oh well baseball season ,got to love it. lol

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