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

RAYS 5, Braves 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Erasmo Ramirez should not be a starting pitcher for the Rays. If everybody was healthy and the Rays didn’t care about developing young arms, he might be just the 15th or 16th best starting pitcher in the organization. But at the same time, he is a prototypical big league 5th starter. That is, he is going to have bad starts and good starts. And even the good starts will rarely look great. Last night we had one of those good starts where he gave the Rays 5 innings and allowed 3 runs. Most teams will take that from their 5th starter…Logan Forsythe had the go-ahead RBI single in the 5th and later scored. He is now hitting .301. More impressively, his OBP is .373 and he is on pace to draw 72 walks. Last year he had 25 walks in 110 games…We got our old Jake McGee back. After throwing a couple of curveballs in his first outing it made me wonder if maybe he would use it more this year, at least as a “show” pitch to keep hitters on their toes. But last night McGee threw 15 pitches and every one was a fastball. That’s the Jake McGee we know and love…There may be a few players as exciting as Kevin Kiermaier in baseball, but there is not anybody more exciting. He is starting to remind me of a younger Carl Crawford only with fewer stolen bases and better defense. Last night, Kiermaier led off the game with a triple that traveled about 200 feet and then immediately scored easily on Steven Souza’s single to give the Rays an early 1-0 lead.

THE BAD: I know Rene Rivera is a good defensive catcher and we just need to ignore the bat. But he is an automatic out and nearly an automatic strikeout. Last night it was 3 more strikeouts in his latest 0-4. He is hitting .152 with a .184 OBP. He has struck out 32 times in 109 at bats and has just 4 walks. That’s brutal.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 22-18, tied with the Yankees for first place in the East.


  • Ken Rosenthal speculates on the Rays trading Jake McGee. []
  • The Rays dropped to 9th in the latest Fox Sports Power Rankings but still have a 48.7% chance to make the playoffs. []
  • Evan Longoria has a new signature shoe. []
  • The Rays still have the best rotation in the AL East. [FoxSportsMLB]
  • On Blake Snell’s impressive scoreless streak in the minors. [MiLB]
  • Yes, this Bucs fan went too far. [JoeBucsFan]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Durham Bulls split a double-header with Enny Romero tossing 4 shutout innings in the win. ..Daniel Robertson went 2-4 with a double and a triple in Montgomery’s 10-3 loss.

The movement on Brad Boxberger’s final pitch, a changeup…





  1. edward williams says:

    seems like we can never get a all round catcher, rather he is a decent hitter and a below average catcher or he is a above average catcher and can't hit. What happened to rene rivera his numbers last year weren't too bad. Is it Shelton, is it Rivera, or a combination of both. Either way I would still take him over Molina. As for the Rosenthal thing on trading McGee, enough already, do we have to constantly trade everybody when they show their potential. I know we have kept a few people but really now the talk is of trading McGee, for what another pitcher. If they went out and got a big bat than maybe. Right now the team is looking real good, please can we enjoy what we are seeing without talking about trading off pieces. GO RAYS !!!!!

  2. Gus says:

    The amount of 2-out RBI in 2015 seems to be equal to or greater than the entire 2014 season. In particular, RBIs that come after 2 out, nobody on seem to have happened on multiple occasion, and that NEVER happed in 2014 and 2013.

  3. Dave L says:

    Did KK start come to baseball late? Maybe in high school? He is so raw, he plays baseball like an athlete like Puig when he first hit the majors.

    Watching him play baseball is like watching a superhero joyfully testing out his newly acquired superpowers that he just found out he had.

    He's the newest XMan and his mutation is superhuman baseball abilities.

    • Woodrow744 says:

      Right as usual, Dave -

      We are literally watching an All-Star being born. No, he's not perfect, but his speed is phenomenal. Did anyone hunch forward in their seats last night when a fly ball went out to centerfield? He is the real deal. Only injuries will stop this guy. And another guy having a nice little year is Mr. DeJesus. The two of them are playing like it's NOT about the money. How refreshing.

    • Rob says:

      It reminds me of the way my friends and I played in high school. Bruises and raspberries were a badge of honor because you were playing balls to the wall and sacrificing your body to help the team win.

  4. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Before last week's start I told my teenage son that with Erasmo on the mound it was gonna be ugly... I was wrong- it was stellar.
    Having not learned my lesson, I thought to myself last night, 'well, getting swept in a 2 game series is better than being swept in a 3 game series'... I was wrong about Erasmo again.
    I'm going to have to either start giving this guy some credit or he's going to have to stop being a decent pitcher. I'll take the former over the latter.

  5. Alex says:

    It's baffling to me that K2 only has 11 career stolen base attempts in 451 career at bats. He's crazy fast and he has great hustle. I know base stealing isn't easy, but what is the deal?

    • Starmand says:

      Technique. It takes a lot more than running.

      And it doesn't exactly come naturally, like running. Somebody has to teach him and right now there's nobody on the organization that can properly do it. The Rays have to go outside for that.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Stealing has a lot to do with reading a pitcher (his movements, tendencies, etc.), also timing your secondary lead makes all the difference in the world. Understanding the nuances of the pitching technique has as much to do with stealing as natural speed as does sliding technique. An "out of nowhere" player like KK is living on hustle and instinct, so the little things are still coming along. No doubt he'll develop into a great base stealer.

      Speaking of base running, if Sousa Jr makes another tag-up mistake in the near future I move that we start calling him BJ2

    • Dave L says:

      He hasn't harnessed that part if his mutation, thats why he slid 2 feet past the bag on that 1 attempt.

      Sort of like the human torch accidentally burning everything in the beginning.

      Once his figures it out how to control it, he will be truly dangerous .

      Outlaw? You can't give yourself a nickname anyway.

      Hes the X-Man..

  6. Woodrow744 says:

    Did anyone else notice 20,120 fannies in those seats last night? No? Me either.


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