Taylor Motter

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

RAYS 13, Blue Jays 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The Rays still rank 23rd in MLB with just 3.92 runs per game. However, after last night’s game, the Rays are now averaging 4.6 runs per game over their last 22 games. That would be good enough to rank 8th in MLB. Unfortunately, that is still 1.4 runs per game behind the Red Sox, but with the Rays pitching, that should be enough to win more games than they lose. If there is a reason to be concerned it is that the Rays are still scoring a ton of their runs on home runs and that is often hard to maintain. To illustrate that point, the Rays are still only hitting .241 with a .321 OBP during this 22-game run. That average would rank 21st and the OBP would be 13th. Not terrible, but not indicative of a top-10 offense. While several contributed last night, the one that stands out again is Steve Pearce who hit his 5th home run in the last 10 games. He has 12 hits and 5 walks with just 4 strikeouts during that stretch.

THE BAD: We would all be losing our poop this morning if this happened to the Rays, so it is only fair — and also because there was just not that much bad last night, unless of course we want to start talking about the Lightning game — that we mention the ejection of John Gibbons. It came on a low pitch that was borderline. It might have caught the bottom of the zone. The ump took off his mask, stared into the dugout, and as soon as Gibbons said “the ball was down,” he got tossed. Yes, you’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, but this is an ump looking for a reason to throw somebody out and that shouldn’t happen.

THE TELLING: Taylor Motter and his glorious hair made it its big league debut, picking up a single in his first career at bat. He started at shortstop and later moved to right field…The Rays’ 13 runs were the most since scoring 16 against the Yankees in April, 2014. The 17 hits were a season high…Tim Beckham is one of 12 active players who were the first pick in the MLB Draft. That is probably a record. From 1999-2012, the only No. 1 picks not currently active are Luke Hochevar and Delmon Young. Others still active include Josh HamiltonDavid Price, and Matt Bush.


  • The Rays want you “to go steady.” I’m not sure anybody still uses that phrase, but maybe it resonates in Pinellas County. [TampaBay.com]
  • Dan Johnson is not giving up on his knuckleball dream. The New York Times caught up with him as he is now pitching for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League. [NY Times]




  1. Nathan says:

    Jays fans should be upset over that ejection. Smyly was fortunate on that strike call because it was below the zone. Problem tends to be with umpires who know they missed a call and then really don't want to hear about it. Gibbons wasn't arguing anything. He just pointed out a fact.

    But to the Rays, why is Eveland still on this team? He's got a 9.00 ERA and hasn't had a clean outing since April 27th (5 games). We lost Jhan Marinez and kept Eveland AND Geltz. The front office needs to reboot their computers!!

  2. Ken says:

    Props to the hitters last night for bashing the ball hard enough to give their skipper a night off from making any crucial decisions. It must have lowered KC's blood pressure 30 points.


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