Richie Shaffer

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

RAYS 4, Mets 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Richie Shaffer has a big league bat. It will be a while before we really know how good he is after pitchers make their adjustments and then he adjusts to that. But on Sunday he went 3-3 with a home run and a nearly as impressive single to lead off the 3rd inning on a 3-2 pitch. Shaffer made a very good veteran pitcher look uncomfortable on the mound as if he didn’t know what to do with Shaffer. That’s impressive…Evan Longoria is still locked in, collecting 4 more hits in this series. He is now 23-59 (.390) over his last 15 games with 6 doubles and 4 home runs…Brandon Guyer leads the AL having been hit by a pitch 17 times this season. This is pretty incredible for a player who has started just 53 games. The best way to get a sense of how often he gets hit is his on-base percentage. Guyer has an OBP of .359 which is very good if you consider the average in the AL is about .315. However, if you take away the 17 times he was hit by a pitch, his OBP is a very mediocre .314. That’s not to say Guyer doesn’t get any credit for being hit by pitches. Some of it might be luck. But if you are getting hit that often, there is some skill involved in being able to draw them more often than the next guy…Grady Sizemore had a pretty decent weekend, homering on Friday and Saturday. He also made a helluva play on Friday night in left field robbing a home run.

THE BAD: Rays catchers went 1-9 with 3 strikeouts in the series and now there is the possibility that Curt Casali will need to go on the DL after being hit in the head with a backswing. It sounds like JP Arencibia would be called up if Casali goes on the DL. Arencibia has played 5 games at catcher all season.

THE TELLING: On Saturday, the Rays had their first sellout since Opening Day…Desmond Jennings has ended his rehab assignment at Durham but team has yet to announce when he will rejoin the clubKevin Kiermaier was out of the lineup on Sunday after injuring his thumb sliding into second on Satruday. Ironically, he injured his thumb despite sliding feet first…JP Arencibia has left Durham and will join the Rays according to Marc Topkin. Will not be added to the roster unless Curt Casali needs to go on the DL…Daniel Nava went 1-4 with a strikeout in his first 2 games with the Rays and did not play on Sunday…The Mets starter on Sunday was Bartolo Colon who made his MLB debut in 1997, a year before the Devil Rays played their first game…The Rays are now 56-56, 6.0 games behind the Yankees in the East and 4.0 games (5 in the loss column) behind the Angels for the second Wild Card. The Blue Jays swept the Yankees this weekend and moved to within 1.5 games in the East.


  • Marc Topkin has updates on the rehabs for Drew Smyly. []
  • Charlie Montoyo went to Kirby Yates apartment at 1:30 in the morning to deliver the news that he was being called up to the big leagues for the first time. []
  • Marc Topkin looks at the Rays’ struggle to develop position players. []
  • A Rays minor leaguer made a dumb comment about ESPN’s use of female analysts on “Baseball Tonight.” []
  • A deeper look at the Rays’ use of “short starters.” That is, starting pitchers who don’t work much past 18 batters or about 4-5 innings. [BaseballPro]
  • “Rays seem to be built to struggle.” []
  • Ugly scene in the Bronx yesterday where a fan threw a home run ball back and it hit Brett Gardner in the back of the head. [BI Sports]
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscoresBlake Snell did not allow a hit in 5 shutout innings during Durham’s 9-0 win over Louisville who managed just 1 hit in the game. Snell struck out 9 and walked 2. Mikie Mahtook had a home run and drove in 5. Desmond Jennings was 1-3 with a walk…Montgomery beat Jacksonville 8-2. Taylor Guerrieri allowed just 1 unearned run in 5 innings on 2 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 3. Dayron Varona was 3-5 with a triple and is hitting .276 since being promoted. Daniel Robertson was 1-4 with a walk. He also stole a base…Charlotte lost 10-3 to Bradenton. Willy Adames was 0-4…Bowling Green lost 4-0 managing just 5 hits, all singles.

Rays fan goes down and he goes down hard.

The classic Chris Archer videobomb.

Chris Archer and Kevin Cash





  1. Woodrow744 says:

    Friday night just killed me. Boxberger did not look like an All-Star and when he came in Sunday, I started to get that feeling when Peralta would come in….a combination of nausea and that urge to turn the TV off. It seems that Evan always gets toasty this part of the season…not a second too late for me. This team…..this team. Three more games against the Yankees and 6 against Toronto. We have got to go on a run and seeing upcoming series against the Twins and later, the Marlins means we HAVE to dominate when we can.

    And that GIF? Frickin' priceless! I don't mean to make fun, but when you hear of guys falling to their death going after balls, well……is there anything better to sum up our fan base?

    • bbmern says:

      Boxy did not pitch on Sunday....unless I missed something...I was there.

    • Brent says:

      You said "Peralta", cause that night he gave up a homer on his 1st pitch, then a bunch more runs, the ESPN announcers was wondering why JP didn't pitch instead, lol...

  2. Woodrow744 says:

    ….oops, sorry. Meant Saturday.

  3. Chris says:

    FYI, Guyer also led the Bulls in HBP in both 2011 and 2013. In those seasons he got hit in 2.7% and 3.5% of his PA. By comparison, the leaders for HBP on the Bulls in 2012, 2014 and 2015 got hit 1.6%, 1.9% and 2.4% of the time.

    So for whatever reason, Guyer seems to have a knack for getting plunked.

    • Chris says:

      He's also 3rd all time on the AAA Bulls HBP (29) list behind only Johnny Gomes and Chris Richard (tied at 37).


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