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

Orioles 4, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria has been hitting better, but there is a reason to think Longo is about to explode offensively. Longoria has very quietly been an OBP machine early on. Through 25 games, he is on pace for a .386 OBP which would be a career high. Even better, he has 18 strikeouts and 15 walks. He is on pace for a career-high 97 walks (his prev. high is 80) and just 116 strikeouts which would be his lowest total in a full season. That’s all just a fancy way of saying Longoria is seeing the ball better than he ever has before and once the power starts to come, this could be a fun season…All of the stats for the 3-game series count towards the Rays’ home stats. In other words, at the end of the season, the official record books will say the Rays played 84 home games. And when counting the stats for the players, they will be filed under the home splits. However, there is one stat that won’t count as home games, attendance. Since the Orioles get to keep the profits from ticket sales, they also get credit for the attendance. Attendance on Friday (9,945) and Saturday (12,789) sucked. Attendance on Sunday (16,652) was not much better. But it won’t count against the Rays. So that’s good, I guess.

THE BAD: Nathan Karns allowed just 2 hits in 5 shutout innings. That should be a good thing. However, despite only throwing 66 pitches, Kevin Cash was more worried about Karns facing the O’s lineup for a third time, so he pulled Karns after 5 innings. That’s fine. But Cash did the same thing on Friday and is apparently unaware that he only has so many relievers and they can only throw so many innings in a span of 3 days. It took Cash 4 pitchers to get the next 5 outs and by the time they were done, the 2-0 lead had become a 4-2 deficit…Steven Souza is hitless in his last 17 at bats, has struck 12 times in that span, and now he leads all MLB With 39 Ks. That’s as bad as it gets for a hitter and right now it is completely mental. You can see how defeated he is in the middle of at bats…The Rays offense averaged 1.3 runs per game in the 3-game series which means they are actually lucky they won one of the games. At home this season, the Rays have scored 2 or fewer runs in 8 of 15 games…Rene Rivera was brought in for his defense, so you can deal with his .135 average through 25 games. What you can’t deal with is the .169 OBP and his 22 strikeouts in 74 at bats with just 2 walks. That’s horrible.

THE TELLING: Desmond Jennings is the latest on the DL. Joey Butler was called up to take his spot. Jennings’ trip to the DL was retroactive to April 26, so he could come off as soon as this weekend if healthy…Matt Moore threw batting practice, reaching the low-90s with his fastball. He told Todd Kalas that he is hoping to start a rehab assignment late May or early June…Nick Franklin will start a rehab assignment on Tuesday…The Rays have now lost 4 of 6 and are 13-12, 3.0 games behind the Yankees…Kevin Cash is now 0-10 on replay challenges…Grant Balfour has re-signed with the Rays on a minor league deal…Triple-A pitcher Enny Romero has been sent to Charlotte to start a rehab assignment. This is significant, but he is a lefty and the Rays could use him in the bullpen when he is ready.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Marc Topkin spoke with Durham Bulls catcher Luke Maile who was hit by the dirty throw this weekend. You can see video of the throw here. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Milwaukee Brewers fired their manager and hired Craig Counsell. This is mildly interesting for Rays fans as Counsell was on the Rays’ initial list of managerial candidates before withdrawing after the first round of interviews. [ESPN]
  • One reason the investigation into tampering charges against the Cubs took so long was because Stuart Sternberg “didn’t like the first verdict” which led to MLB reopening the case. [BostonGlobe]
  • Surprise! Wil Myers is not the best defensive center fielder ever. [Fangraphs]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] Mikie Mahtook went 3-4 with a walk and his 1st home run in Durham’s 8-2 win. JP Arencibia was 2-5…Jared Mortensen tossed 6 shutout innings in Montgomery’s 7-2 win. The big blow was Justin O’Conner’s grand slam in the 7th inning, his 4th home run of the year. Daniel Robertson went 1-4 with a walk…Willy Adames was 1-5 with 3 strikeouts in Charlotte’s 5-2 win over Fort Myers…Bowling Green beat Lansing 6-5 with the help of Mac James’ 1st home run of the year, a 3-run shot. Casey Gillaspie was 0-3.
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  1. phil says:

    Hoping Enny Romero gets a chance to start but if is inconsistent again they should move him to the bullpen and hopefully have the dominace that Dillon Bentances of the yankees has.

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  2. Gus says:

    Attendance sucked? I'd observe that I doubt that any other MLB stadium had more walk up ticket sales than the Rays -O's did this week, all on 2 days notice.

    It just shows how pathetic the season ticket sales are and how a cheaper and simpler ticket structure might actually result in better attendance. However they slice it and no matter what the number said, it was nice to see a game where the lower bowl was basically filled. Congrats to the Rays executives who were creative enough to figure out how to handle a tough situation on short notice. Now if they could only put that thinking into longer-term season ticket sales and gag the owner telling fans how terrible the stadium experience is (it is not and we all know that), then maybe you'd see a lower bowl filled more often.

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  3. Mike says:

    I was at sunday game it was fun but WHY did they pitch to Adam Jones with first base open he already had three hits and batting .400 game was on the line DUH.

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