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

Giants 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: Logan Forsythe has picked up right where he left off when he got injured. In 9 games since coming off the disabled list, Forsythe has 12 hits — including 5 multi-hit games — and 2 walks. And over the last 6 games, he has been on base 12 times and is 10-29 (.345).

MORE GOOD: The Rays did not win a game this weekend, but how good did they look on the field? It was an all-timer series for uniforms. First, there was the Orlando Rays caps on Friday night with the Orlando patch on the jerseys. Then there was the fauxback 1970s unis on Saturday that never get old. And finally, there was the special Father’s Day unis on Sunday. The baby blue colors were standard for all MLB teams, but they looked really good on the Rays. If we ignore the baby blue shoes at the top of this post, that is a solid look for the Rays and wouldn’t mind seeing that as a normal set.

THE BAD: And just like that, the Rays have lost 4 in a row again. I know I am beating a dead horse at this point, but this is the Rays. Streaky. Can look good at times. But will get beaten by better teams more often than not and there are a lot of teams better than this Rays team. Does anybody feel good about the bullpen right now? Rays relievers gave up 8 runs in 6 innings over the weekend, on 10 hits, 3 walks, and just 1 strikeouts. How about the catchers? Rays catchers are hitting .194 with a .283 OBP, while being swept by the team that drafted Buster Posey after the Rays passed. And it is not like they are killing it behind the plate.

THE TELLING: Dana Eveland has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Durham…The Rays signed their first-round draft pick, Josh Lowe (see below)…[Norfolk 10, Durham 6Adam Wilk was pounded for 10 hits and 8 runs in 4.2 innings. Johnny Field was 2-4 with a walk and drove in 3. He’s now hitting .278. Daniel Robertson was 1-5 with a double and is hitting .255.


  • The Rays raised more than $300,000 for the Pulse Victims Fund on Friday night. [ESPN]
  • Alex Cobb faced batters for the first time since Tommy John surgery. []
  • More on the signing of Josh Lowe. [MLBTR]
  • Speaking of Tommy John surgery, here is a story on reliever Johnny Venters who is coming back from his third surgery and could help the Rays later this season. []





  1. Jim says:

    Once again, we get info about the last of a 3 game series. No mention of Friday or Saturday. And I’m pretty sure a 40K crowd and the events of Fridays game deserved at least a solo article.

    A truly historic night for the rays.........................

    This site has become a farce. It used to be informative and timely with a very knowledgeable comment section. Now it’s hit or miss on ANY actual game info and a bunch of fluff. Two games with no info, then let’s talk about the uniforms. Really sad!!!

  2. Ken says:

    The end of relevance for the 2016 Rays is upon us. Does any Rays fan really think we can go on another win streak facing the Indians, Orioles, Boston and Detroit over the next 13 games? I want to but honestly don't. As Cork called it last week, and again today, we are streaky but can't beat good teams. The Royals and Giants sweeps book ended a modest run against mediocre teams.
    Important decisions loom. The only significant free agents we have are Pearce and Morrison. Should we try and extend them or move them for more unproven prospects? I say offer both 2 year extensions. Durham has no MLB ready players.
    What really pisses me off is that we probably won't sign either one and will dump them for a few Nick Franklin's and some A ball arms. We can afford both. Cot's contracts web site shows the Rays have 66.8 million salary expense with roughly 10 million owed to players (Loney/Rivera) not on our roster. That's embarrassing.
    It appears this team will always be one that's 5-6 players short of an MLB winning roster. Jennings, Mahtook, Beckham and Motter couldn't play for most if not all MLB teams. For that matter RoboCash probably would not get a job as an AAA manager for any other team.
    I predict it's about to get really ugly.

  3. Giles says:

    If you're a Rays fan, the past few days have been tough. However, keep in mind that they are basically missing their starting outfield right now with KK, Souza and Guyer all out. Also, the starting pitching the last two days (by Moore and Odo) was very good...It was the bullpen that let the run starved team down over the weekend.

    With the outfielders coming back (Guyer and Souza fairly soon) and the starting rotation getting back on track, I truly do believe this team can make another extended run.

    Maybe I'm too optimistic?


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