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

Jays 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: It finally happened! After failing to throw out 48 straight base stealers, Hank Conger finally got one, nailing Ezequiel Carrera in the fifth inning. Of course, I am still not 100% convinced Conger got this one, but we’ll take it. Dog’s ass, meet sun.

THE BAD: Despite all the changes, when it comes to hitting, the Rays are still the Rays. In 5 of the innings on Sunday, the Rays went down 1-2-3. In the other 4 innings,  the Rays went 0-9 with runners on base with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. Yes, the Rays came to the plate 11 times with at least one runner on base and struck out 6 times and failed to get a single hit. This includes the 3rd inning when a Logan Forsythe struck out after a leadoff single and later, when the Rays had 2 on and 1 out, Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson struck out back-to-back to end the inning. Dickerson had an especially rough day, twice striking out on just 3 pitches with a runners on base. Here are the 6 strikeouts with runners on base.

THE TELLING: Jake Odorizzi allowed just 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings…The Blue Jays had just 15 hits in the 3-game series but 8 were home runs…The bullpen was due for a blowup and it finally happened in this series, giving up 9 runs including 4 on Sunday in the 9th inning…Evan Longoria homered for the second-straight game but has just 6 hits in the last 8 games and as we saw above, some untimely strikeouts…The Rays are now 11-13, 3.5 back of the Red Sox, 2.5 games ahead of the Yankees.


  • A state senator thinks the mayor of St. Pete is being too narrow-minded on the future of the Rays and that he should look in all of Pinellas, not just the city he is responsible for leading. [SaintPetersBlog]
  • Others feel Mayor Rick Kriseman and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce are not moving fast enough to keep the Rays in St. Pete. [TampaBay.com]
  • The Dodgers are coming to town and Marc Topkin looks back at some of Andrew Friedman’s best and worst moves with the Rays. [TampaBay.com]
  • Grant Balfour officially announced his retirement. [MLBTR]

To be fair, the Rays did get a hit with runners on base on Saturday.





  1. Rob says:

    There have been a lot of changes to the offense, but there is a common denominator that has been in place for several years.

  2. Tyler Durden says:

    Another boring game in a boring building with no windows to see outside. No wonder people hate that building.Sun is shining and the skies are blue in St. Pete, but not when viewed from inside the ugly vortex of a baseball stadium.

    • monte says:

      I will agree with you that it was an ugly game. I have a lot of sympathy for Rays' starting pitchers. It has got to be hard to pitch for a team that gives so little run support.

      I do enjoy the cool of the Trop as opposed to sitting out in the hot sun.

  3. Ken says:

    If truly the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results then the Rays coaching staff are as mad as Hatters, Hickey excluded. For example, if you planned to use Colome in the 9th, why not bring him in to start it? I'll take Colome vs Goins rather than Cedeno over any RH hitter. Cash has stated he'll never ask a hitter to bunt. Why? Cash insists on a LF/RH lineup. Why? It's not working Cash try something new.
    By August of last year our bullpen was toast, at the rate of present usage it will be July this year.
    Does Shelton actually perform a function for this team? If so please clue me in.

  4. Gus says:

    While I am down with the hack first approach generally, it does seem that other team's starters are routinely getting very deep in games against the Rays because the pitch counts are so low. You just can't give away single digit innings (Rays had a 5 pitch inning yesterday).

    But how come nobody had raised the idiocy have your middle infielders at double play depth -- but having no ability to actually turn a double play because of the shift? I really think we need a human being in the dugout sometimes. Colome gets the tailor made dp ball, but there is nobody there to cover the bag and he's too deep to go home. Game over.

    • Ken says:

      Very good point on the shift tactics employed by the Rays. I was sitting in left directly behind the fielder when the ball was struck. I thought 2 for sure until I realized Logan was further from the bag than the runner at first.
      As for Cash, he's no more than a FO flunky. He manages "cute" and "trendy". He and Silverman will soon discover talent trumps SOS every time....and talent is what he leaves on the bench and in AAA every night.

  5. Craig says:

    How long before Richie Shaffer gets called up again? I'm not seeing another bat that seems likely on the way any time soon. SS might be a little scary all season.

    • Gus says:

      Mahtook better than Jennings today. Shaffer could/should be better than Morrison, who just looks lost. SS help is probably a little further away. I hope Andrew Friedman is reminded of his Beckham over Posey pick this week as Beckham one of the only overall No.1's ever to not ever become a starter.

      • Michael says:

        Eh, they certainly didn't nail the pick but you can't really say 'one of the only overall No. 1's to not ever become a starter.' Examples from the last 20 years or so include Matt Bush, Bryan Bullington, Matt Anderson, and Brien Taylor. Then you had big disappointments like Luke Hochevar, Paul Wilson and Phil Nevin.

        I was hoping for Pedro Alvarez at the time, so what the heck do I know?


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