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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.

Tigers 5, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: JP Arencibia has been a nice addition. I know the Rays value defense behind the plate, but as the Yankees can attest, there is a ton of value in finding a catcher who can … wait for it … HIT. Arencibia is all bat and he nearly maimed a Rays fan with a home run on Monday that went somewhere balls rarely go in Detroit.

THE BAD: Logan Forsythe had one of those days. He went 0-5, struck out twice, and left 6 runners on base in a 1-run game, including the bases loaded with 2 outs in the 9th…A lot of people thought Drew Smyly turned the corner in his last start, a dominant outing with 10 Ks in 7 shutout innings. As we said at the time, it was nice, but we needed to see consistency. Monday showed that Smyly is still not ready to be consistent on the mound, giving up 4 runs, including 2 home runs, in 5 innings. The Rays have great starting pitching but there is just not enough stability right now to make a run for the playoffs.

THE TELLING: Nick Franklin and Andrew Bellatti were called up. It sounds like these will be the final minnor league additions to the roster for the month of September…Steven Souza, still not ready to return, will play with Charlotte during their best-of-3 FSL playoff series that begins today…Steve Geltz has tied the Rays rookie record of 64 appearances…The Rays are now 67-70, 5.5 back in the Wild Card and a whopping 6 games back in the loss column. That is going to be nearly impossible to overcome.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • If you are anxious to get a jump on the 2016 schedule, Marc Topkin has a few of the important details, including Opening Day, April 4 at home against the Blue Jays. [TampaBay.com]
  • Prior to yesterday’s game, Drew Smyly talked about facing his former team. [TampaBay.com]
  • Richie Shaffer got to meet his idol, Cal Ripken, Jr. [MLB]
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  1. monte says:

    Time to think about next year. The Rays as a player and almost every single player have lacked stability and consistency all season long---hitting, pitching and defense. Do we have a clutch hitter at all? I don't think so. I've seen bright spots but as a whole this has been a very disappointing year. We are not going to have a player with 80 RBIs. We'll have one who will likely get to 70 and another who may reach 60. That indicates to me there's just an absence of clutch hitting, not getting hits with runners in scoring position.

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  2. edward williams says:

    Stu is already complaining about the payroll, but that is a yearly thing , how do they expect to bring in anybody if all they do is say, oh we can't sustain this payroll , nobody is saying to spend yankee money or even 100 million , just go out and get the right players, i always thought that they where smart enough to go out and maybe spend 80 or so and be a real good team, but now im not so sure. than again if they start to win more and the fans start to come out more , than the attendance goes up and there is no reason for a new stadium, hmmmmm. I will say i think that cash has done a decent job maybe a c grade for his rookie year, but than i wonder how much say he has in the day to day decisions. Well only a couple of weeks left, than it's over to the lightning GO RAYS!!!!!!!

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