Everett Teaford

Everett Teaford

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

Blue Jays 3, RAYS 0 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Desmond Jennings is on fire this spring and everybody around the Rays raves about how good he looks. He leads the Rays this spring with 11 hits (11-23). He also has 4 walks and is getting on base more than 50% of the time…Jake Odorizzi pitched into the 6th inning on Saturday, striking out 4 and walking none. Everett Teaford gave up 2 runs on Sunday in 3 innings, but he struck out 2 and didn’t walk a batter.

THE BAD: The offense had 6 hits combined the last 2 games. Even worse, the starters went 5-56 (.089) in the 2 games combined and starters not named Desmond Jennings went 3-51 (.059). And yet, the Rays went 1-1. In other words, just a typical 2-game stretch for the Rays.

THE TELLING: Grant Balfour is expected to make his spring debut today…Drew Smyly threw off a mound for the first time on Saturday and is scheduled to do so again today…Jake McGee threw his first bullpen session since offseason shoulder surgery and will throw again tomorrow…Steven Souza
hurt his forearm diving for a ball on Friday. He is considered day-to-day.


  • It’s official, Asdrubal Cabrera will be the everyday shortstop when the season starts. [TampaBay.com]
  • 30-year-old lefty Everett Teaford is suddenly a candidate to be in the Rays’ rotation. [MLB.com]
  • According to Nick Cafardo, the tampering charge against the Cubs “is still alive.” [Boston Globe]
  • MLB will no longer use paper All-Star ballots, which means no shots this summer of the two guys in sombreros at The Trop punching thousands of ballots. [Bloomberg]
  • The Rays have 29 scheduled promotions/giveaways, which is about average in MLB. The Dodgers have the most (50) and the Red Sox have the fewest (9). [DarrenRovell]






  1. Matt says:

    I think Jennings has to be a key piece for the Rays to succeed this year. I know every year we say "this HAS to be his big year," but he really is starting to lose chances. With all the roster turnover and question marks with Souza, Rivera, Franklin etc, Jennings has a chance to be the go-to man on the roster besides Longo. If he can stay healthy, and produce with a .275/.350/.400 batting clip, I think this team will be just as good as any other in the AL east.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Considering that Longo's 2014 numbers were .253/.320/.404 (in an admittedly down-ish year) I think your numbers for DJ may be a bit optimistic with the exception of OBP

      DJ's numbers last year: .244/.319/.378, so in order to accomplish what you hope for he's going to need major improvement (including a 15% increase in BA)... but I'd love if you were right.

  2. Gus says:

    I just want the Jennings we saw when he came up and before he started trying to muscle up. The evidence seems pretty strong that we are in an era of lower scoring, less homers and hopefully the Rays can use the fast turf and some speedy players to manufacture some runs. Jennings, Keirmayer, Souza and maybe if they can figure out a way to get Beckham involved would help.

  3. Rob says:

    The Rays may not have a lot of power in the lineup, but at least they're slow.



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