It's a rough life for Todd Kalas.

It’s a rough life for Todd Kalas.

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

RAYS 6, D’backs 3 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Corey Dickerson entered this game just 1 for his last 17 and just 17 for his last 111, batting .153 with a .210 OBP over his last 35 games. But on Wednesday he had 3 hits and launched a pair of home runs.

THE BAD: I don’t want to say Jake Odorizzi was bad. That’s not fair. But it was not that long ago when it looked like he had turned the corner and was ready to become a dominant starter. Instead, over his last two starts he has reverted back to something more akin to a middle-of-the-rotation starter. And the worrisome sign is that even when he had his strong 3-start stretch in which he allowed just 5 hits in 17 innings, he was walking too many hitters. In his last 5 starts, Odorizzi has averaged 3 walks per start. In his first 8 starts of the season he was averaging about 1 walk per start. And sure enough, one of those walks on Wednesday came around to score. That walk came on the first batter after this home run.

THE TELLING: The bullpen, led by Erasmo Ramirez, threw 4 shutout innings…Logan Forsythe began a rehab assignment with Durham. He went 1-2 with a walk…Remember when Evan Longoria was injury prone? Even with his day off on Tuesday, Longo has played in 539 games since the start of the 2013 season, the most in the Majors…On June 18, Warrick Dunn will throw out the first pitch for the Rays’ Florida State night…[Norfolk 6, Durham 2] The Bulls gave up 5 runs in the top of the 9th inning to blow a 2-1 lead. Dylan Floro was charged with 4 of the runs, although just 1 was earned due to an error by shortstop Daniel Robertson. Richie Shaffer hit his 5th home run. Starter Adam Wilk struck out 10 and walked none in 7 innings, giving up just 1 run.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • The Rays are going to skip Drew Smyly the next time through the rotation to give him a mental and physical break. [TampaBay.com]
  • MLB Power Rankings. The Rays are solidly mediocre. [BI Sports]
  • Editorial says Rays’ stadium talks should be more transparent if they want public support. [TampaBay.com]
  • A Rays scout talks about his job. [InsideNova]
  • 6 members of the Bowling Green Hot Rods have been named to the All-Star team. [Reddit]

Why does Corey Dickerson keep losing his thumb guard on his swing? Weird.

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  1. monte says:

    What worries me most about this "mediocre team" is pitching, especially the starters. The closest one to positive consistency is Andriese. All other starters are less than mediocre. I sure do hope Jim Hickey can figure out what is wrong before this season is completely gone. Perhaps we could compensate for one starter having a very bad year, but not when there's four. My suspicion is that for Moore and Smyly it's physical while for Archer and Odorizzi it's in their heads.

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  2. Gus says:

    It is odd that for years all we Rays fans wanted was to get to 4+ runs --- if we got that, we'd win. Rays are up to 4.19 runs a game (from 3.98), and are worse than ever. Part of this is a general uptick in offense -- 20 of the 30 teams are averaging more runs this year than in 2015 (and 2015 was a year of increased offense itself).

    So some of what we are seeing is increased scoring conditions generally (somebody get WADA on the line). But for sure, our starters are under-performing. It starts with Archer. He has to pitch better. And somebody has to lose their job to Snell. Competition is great.

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