Kevin Kiermaier

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

White Sox 6, RAYS 5 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Evan Longoria remains red-hot, picking up his 3rd 3-hit game in a week. He is now 12-26 in the last 6 games with 4 extra-base hits and 3 walks. He even added a big home run on Wednesday. If Longo can keep this up, the Rays have a shot.

THE BAD: It is easy to come down hard on a manager’s decision when it doesn’t work but the reaction was swift and decisive. NOBODY liked Kevin Cash’s decision to intentionally walk two batters in the 10th inning to load the bases. I didn’t like it. Many of the fans didn’t like it. Brad Boxberger didn’t like it. None of the analysts on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” liked it. You know who did like it? The Chicago White Sox. There is a time-tested and proven strategy in sports. If ever you are in a situation where there are multiple choices and you are not 100% sure which one to pick, go with the one the other team doesn’t want. If given the choice, the White Sox would absolutely 100% want the Rays to intentionally walk the bases load. Every time. And sure enough, Boxy had trouble finding the strikezone walking the next batter on 5 pitches for the walk-off walk and it was game over. One more thought: Intentionally walking 2 straight batters is not necessarily the wrong decision in and of itself. But the best way to do it is to walk the two batters and then bring in a new reliever. That’s it.

THE TELLING: Mikie Mahtook was demoted to triple-A after the game to make room for Daniel Nava…The Rays have an 18.2% chance to make the playoffs, according to PECOTA…The Rays are now 54-55, 3 games behind the Jays in the Wild Card race.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Brad Boxberger really didn’t like the decision to walk the back-to-back batters. Kevin Cash defends the decision. [TampaBay.com]
  • And the award for least surprising development for an ex-Rays players goes to … Fernando Rodney taking a mid-game stroll through the forest. [Big League Stew]
  • Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan to a visiting Rays president Brian Auld: “The Rays organization is certainly a model corporate citizen, and I close by saying: Look forward to seeing you here in the not too distant future.” [TampaBay.com]
  • Kyle Farnsworth writes about the transition from baseball pitcher to semi-pro football player. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] The Bulls lost to Indianapolis 8-1. Starting pitcher Dylan Floro was cruising with 5 shutout innings before imploding in the 6th. He was eventually charged with 7 runs in the inning and didn’t make it to the end. Boog Powell and Jake Elmore were both 2-4…Montgomery lost 3-2 to Mississippi. Dayron Varona had another good game, going 2-4 with a pair of RBI…Charlotte was shutout 2-0 with recently acquired Chih-Wei Hu struck out 4 and gave up both runs, 1 earned, including a solo home run.
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  1. Greg says:

    I don't get how walking the bases loaded does much more for you defensively except give Boxy no room to work. What does it give you? The step-on-third-throw-to-first DP? Hate hate hate the move. But don't forget Cabrera trying to catch the throw to 2nd base with his face on the Eaton steal. That forced all the strategy afterward. Tough loss. The Rays fought back from a big deficit and really played their hearts out. And Cabrera had a great day at the plate.

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  2. Matt says:

    We were at the game Wed. Great to see the bats claw back and Ramirez settle down. Walk-off walk was gross. What a weird day for Cabrera: great day a the plate coupled with a face catch and bad base running. Kiermaier jerseys were by far the dominant ones sported by Rays fans in attendance. I thought his hometown roots might be the cause, but I wouldn't be surprised if thats the scene in most ballparks.

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  3. Starmand says:

    About the offense.

    It seems that the Rays have been doing it all wrong for a while now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz_gSjVBh-I

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