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

Orioles 5, RAYS 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Corey Dickerson looks like the real deal. After questions about whether or not his power would translate outside of Coors Field, it looks like Evan Longoria finally has a bat to protect him in the lineup for the first time since Carlos Pena. On Sunday, is was Dickerson’s 3rd home run of the season and it might have been his best one yet. He went down and grabbed a pitch that was low and away and hit a ball that took about 2 seconds to get out of the park. Nice.

THE BAD: Oh look, the Rays have a catcher who can’t hit. With the Rays trailing by 1, they loaded the bases in the 8th inning. With 2 outs, Hank Conger came to the plate, and with 2 strikes he swang at a pitch that missed the strikezone by about 18 feet.

Before that, there was Logan Forsythe in the 7th inning. With one out and Evan Longoria at the plate, Forsythe got caught stealing second base, killing a potential rally. Not good.

THE TELLING: Brad Miller has top-of-the-scoreboard power. Before Conger struck out to end the 8th inning, Brad Miller hit a long double to start the inning that nearly tied the game. While it looks good in the boxscore, it was definitely telling. He got everything on the pitch, and he did it in a home run-friendly park and he still couldn’t get the ball over the wall.

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  • The rain out on Saturday screwed up the rotation and at some point in next week or two, the Rays are now going to need a 5th starter. []
  • Camden Yards is only 2 years younger than The Trop. Is it time to replace Camden? [BI Sports]
  • We’ve been saying it for years, Montreal is the Mistress. It is not fair to Tampa Bay and it is not fair to Montreal. But that it what it is, MLB is using Montreal to blackmail the local politicians into forking over money for a new stadium. [Shadow of the Stadium]

This is a pretty dumb video, but it is a virtual reality system that the Rays are using with their hitters.





  1. DRR says:

    I had a lot of excitement about this team coming into this year, but so far they just look bad.

  2. Tyler Durden says:

    All they do is play catch up baseball. Terrible.

  3. doug says:

    Conger's AB was inexcusable. The pitch was unhittable from the release. As a catcher he should have had a better conception of the strike zone than that.
    I heard that Miller is the "real deal" all spring, but there is NOTHING about his approach that indicates he can actually hit. He has produced several of the worst looking "half swings" in his AB's. He looks to be a typical "slapper" and not a true hitter as he clears his lead side very quickly...I don't like him...Beckham is a better option for now.

  4. Brent says:

    Let Beckham play! (And, bring back Loney from SD...)

  5. Dave L says:

    Just a few years ago the Rays would face teams with a superior offensive player at virtually every position and still manage to win more than lose. They did it with pitching, defense, the strategic advantage of the newly minted shift and guile.

    Well this team just faced two such teams who happen to be in our division and it looks bleak. The shift is passe and our defense didn't look better than the Jays or O's. Hope its just the cold weather......

    At catcher its been 5 or 6 years of well this new guy can't possible be worse than X who we got now.

    We knew Congers bat would deteriorate here. I just hope he can keep our pitchers wipeout sliders and curves from going to the backstop more often than not. I know its a small sample size and maybe just bad luck so far.


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