Blake Snell

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

A’s 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The starting pitching has been good. In fact, considering the Rays are still without Alex Cobb, the staff over the past 2 weeks has pitched like we have expected all season long. Over the last 10 games, the starters have pitched at least 6 innings 9 times, have a 2.89 ERA, and have 53 strikeouts to just 15 walks. That’s a 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Anything over 3.0 is considered good. On Friday, Jake Odorizzi tossed 8 shutout innings. Drew Smyly seemed to finally snap out of his funk on Saturday. Smyly had a 7.40 ERA in the 12 starts prior to taking the mound on Saturday. He only struck out 1 A’s batter, but he also allowed just 1 run in 6 innings. On Sunday, it was Blake Snell, holding the A’s to 2 runs in 6.2 innings.

THE BAD: The Rays have been close, but not close enough. The Rays were either tied or had a lead in the 8th inning of all three games against the A’s. They lost all 3 games. If we go back even further, the Rays have been tied or held a lead in the 8th inning in 8 of their last 10 games. They are 4-6 in those games.

THE TELLING: Brad Boxberger says he is hoping to rejoin the Rays on Tuesday in L.A. Kevin Cash sounds less optimistic…Chase Whitley started for Charlotte and tossed 2 shutout innings, striking out 1 and walking 1… [Scranton WB 4, Durham 3Eddie Gamboa gave up 4 runs in 4.2 innings. He struck out 6 but walked 5. JP Arencibia hit his 10th home run. Casey Gillaspie went 2-3 with a walk and it hitting .276.


  • There is a week to go before the trade deadline. Marc Topkin writes that any deals for the Rays might go down to the wire. []
  • Here is a look back at the trades that have involved current Rays players. []
  • Sun Sports accidentally showed Steve Pearce going to the bathroom. If you are unfamiliar with what it looks like when a man goes to the bathroom, here is a link. [Yahoo Sports]




  1. Ken H says:

    Matt Silverman needs to take note of the haul the Yanks are getting for Chapman, basically a two month rental. A controllable starter like Moore, Jake or Archer should fetch something of similar value.

    • Jim says:

      The Cubs would trade their souls for an better chance at winning the WS this year. I'm not sure it's possible to put that kind of "value" on any other team or player in MLB.

      A controllable #3 starter isn't going to fill a hole like Chapman will, and it's the perfect storm for NYY. They made out like bandits, they could have easily eaten his salary if they thought they were going to sniff the postseason. Yet they rented him for about $7 million(there portion of this years) and then dumped him for a haul of farm talent.

      • Jim says:

        Let's not forget, he was damaged goods and the Yanks got him for less than market value. This could be a major haul for the NY front office.

    • Lloyd says:

      You think you could trade Moore straight up for Chapman?

      Some teams value wins, not low payrolls. It's not one market, but 29 other markets the Rays have to match value with.

  2. J 2.0 says:

    I am not impresses with the "haul" that the Yankees received for Chapman. If the Yankees wanted to resign him they could've but I suppose getting Torres in return for Chapman is nice. Torres doesn't impress me more than Adames. The rest of the package is very underwhelming.

    • Jim says:

      they had nothing to lose. if they want him back next year, all they have to do is open up the wallet and he's back in pinstripes.

      They rented him for 2/3 of a season and flipped him to a team in great need of a closer for 4 prospects.


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