Steven Souza Jr.'s Mother's Day gear from Under Armour.

Steven Souza Jr.’s Mother’s Day gear from Under Armour.

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

RAYS 3, Angels 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Don’t look now, but the Rays suddenly have 21 home runs in their last 12 games, including two on Sunday. It is also no coincidence that the Rays are 8-4 in those 12 games with the added offense. Is this the Rays offense finally waking up and doing what we thought they would do before the season? Or is this just yet another hot streak that the Rays always have 2-3 times a year but typically don’t happen often enough? We will have to wait for the answer on that one, but one thing we can all agree on: Brad Miller needs to relax on his home run trots. Dude, slow down!

THE BAD: Major League Baseball reached a new level of pink this year. This is what happened to the NFL about 2 years ago before they started to reel things in. At some point it becomes less about honoring mothers and bringing awareness to breast cancer and it becomes more about “hey, look, at how much pink I can wear!” and “Oh no, if I don’t wear as much pink as everybody else, they will think I don’t care!” It’s the fallacy of more-is-better. It’s like Valentine’s Day. Some think if one dozen roses is good, four dozen must be better, when in fact, a single rose probably would have more of an impact.

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THE TELLING: The Rays needed a fifth starter and they turned to Matt Andriese who did not disappoint, allowing just 1 run in 7 innings on 4 hits and 3 walks. It was extra special for Andriese who is from California. His mom had never seen him play in the big leagues in person but she did on Sunday, Mother’s Day…Alex Colome is now 9-9 in save opportunities…The Rays put Jhan Marinez on waivers to make room for Matt Andriese to be added to the roster and start Sunday’s game…The Rays are now 15-14 in third place, 2.5 games behind the Orioles and a half-game behind the Red Sox.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Jeremy Sowers went from being the sixth pick in the MLB draft to getting his MBA and now he is the guy who watches replays to see if the Rays should challenge a call. He talked to Fangraphs about the transition. [Fangraphs]
  • Marc Topkin looks back at the Alex Torres trade that has turned into Logan ForsytheBrad Boxberger, and Matt Andriese. Not bad. [TampaBay.com]
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