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, Mariners 2 (12) (boxscore)

THE GOOD: And just like that, the Rays have won 9 of their last 11 games to pull within one game of .500. Last night it was the bullpen. Erasmo Ramirez looked a bit shaky when he relieved Drew Smyly in the 7th, giving up back-to-back hits with 2 outs. But he got out of that and then worked a scoreless 8th inning. But that is when the bullpen really stepped up. Over the last 5 innings, three relievers combined to allow just 1 hit and 3 walks. More importantly, they did not give up a single baserunner with fewer than 2 outs. That group was led by starter-turned-reliever Matt Andriese who recorded the final 8 outs, 3 by strikeout.

THE BAD: Maybe we have just been spurned too many times in the last few years, but this winning streak is just part of the Rays’ DNA. It is great, but it is also just another example of how streaky this team always seems to be. Last year was an exception as the Rays just kinda doggy-paddled around .500 all season long. But outside of that, the Rays are a team that has long streaks where they look like the best team in baseball, mixed in with streaks where they look like they will never win another game. It wasn’t that long ago that the Rays had lost 11 of 13 and over their last 24 games, they are still just 11-13. Peter Gammons asked what happens when the Rays starters start pitching the way they are supposed to? If history is any indication, that is exactly when the offense will stop scoring runs and Evan Longoria will pull an oblique muscle and go on the DL for 8 weeks.

Evan Longoria

THE TELLING: Friday’s “Pride Night” game is now sold out with all proceeds going to the families of the Orlando shooting victims…The Rays have 52 plate appearances with the bases loaded this season. They have more strikeouts (12) now than hits (11)…The Rays have put Dana Eveland on waivers. They called up Jaff Decker. The Rays will make another move today to clear a spot for Blake Snell who is scheduled to start today’s game…The Rays are now 31-32 in 4th place in the East and 5.5 games behind the Orioles.


  • It is not surprising to see the Durham Bulls among the minor league teams that sell the most merchandise. A little surprised the Montgomery Biscuits aren’t in the top-25, but the list does seem to slant towards triple-A clubs. [SportsLogos.net]
  • Former Rays pitcher Dan Wheeler talks about the tough transition to becoming a former player. [TampaBay.com]

Here is a look at Kevin Kiermaier’s scar.

And the Rays apparently are signing guys from your Thursday night slo-pitch beer league.

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That’s a heckuva nameplate for a Rays minor leaguer (via Uni-Watch.com)






  1. Rob says:

    Unfortunately, the corresponding move today was to send Souza to the DL. The outfield sure has been snakebitten this year - Goedell or Rickard would have been with the club by now.

    Speaking of Souza, Wil Myers is putting up a nice little season so far: .281/.321/.504/.825, 14 HRs, 39 RBI and striking out only 21% of the time.

    • Casey says:

      Still don't understand the Wil Myers trade.....why trade someone with some team control left, and a good season under his belt for someone that had 21 mlb at bats at the time and wasn't exactly lighting it up. Sure Myers wasn't a great fielder, but I think Souza injures something EVERY time he takes a noise dive, Myers injured his wrist, a legitimate injury. Not this sissy crap Souza pulls every month or so.

      • Rob says:

        The Rays are great at getting the most out of the talent they have, but I am not sure they are very good at evaluating it in the first place - too many examples to list.

  2. Rob says:

    Wow, with Longo and Souza unavailable, the Rays start Decker over Dickerson??!! With a rookie pitcher making his second start and 6 guys batting .200 or below in the lineup, it just feels like the Rays are mailing this one in.

  3. OriginalTom says:

    Dickerson has a career mark of .233/.283/.344 against lefties (and remember he played close to half of those games at Coors field..... Actually I still may have started him anyway, I am just saying there is justification for sitting him.


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