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2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 123

2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 123

Offense remains MIA in Pittsburgh Every now and then a series finishes and the thought that comes out of it is more about the opposition than the Cubs. The Pirates threw four starters at the Cubs with sub-4.00 ERAs. There doesn’t appear to be a Clayton Kershaw or a Max Scherzer in the bunch. Just four straight guys who pass the eye test as MLB pitchers. Then every time they went to the pen it seemed that they brought in another guy who throws hard with some movement. The Pirates appear to have the makings of a very fine pitching staff. It made me see why they would trade for Chris Archer,...
DRaysBay Aug 16, 2018
DOTF 8/15: Austin Meadows Homers. Chih-Wei Hu and Resly Linares put up strong starts.

DOTF 8/15: Austin Meadows Homers. Chih-Wei Hu and Resly Linares put up strong starts.

Austin Meadows continues to rake since coming to Durham. Austin Meadows continues his hot run since coming over in the Chris Archer trade. Meadows hit his 7th double and 4th homer and is hitting .333/.365/.729 in 52 plate appearances with the Durham Bulls. Chih-Wei Hu (Durham) and Resly Linares (Bowling Green) put up strong scoreless outings. Triple-A Durham Bulls (67-52) The Durham Bulls defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2-0. Chih-Wei Hu put together one of his best starts of the year going 5.1 scoreless allowing six hits while striking out seven and walking nobody. Austin Meadows put...
DRaysBay Aug 15, 2018
Rays prospect report: Shane Baz is a top 10 talent

Rays prospect report: Shane Baz is a top 10 talent

Rays get high upside arm in the low minors to complete Chris Archer trade. Yesterday Shane Baz was announced as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The initial reports were the PTBNL was a player of significance and this qualifies, a player ‘fans would know.’ There were no restrictions in trading Baz, the team’s 2017 first round draft pick, so why the wait? The timing of the announcement seems unusual, but Shane Baz was pulled after 3.0 innings in his last start before the trade deadline on June 28. He would skip his next start...
Call to the Pen Aug 15, 2018

Tampa Bay Rays complete coup by acquiring Shane Baz

The Tampa Bay Rays have completed the trade that sent Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates, setting themselves up for years to come. When the Tampa Bay Rays traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was a complete shock. The surprise was not that Archer had been traded, as he had been in rumors […] Tampa Bay Rays complete coup by acquiring Shane Baz - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Tampa Bay Times Aug 14, 2018
Archer trade gets even better as Rays add promising young pitcher

Archer trade gets even better as Rays add promising young pitcher

NEW YORK - The return the Rays got from the Pirates for Chris Archer already looked good.Right-hander Tyler Glasnow has been increasingly impressive in three starts using his high-octane fastball and cruel breaking balls, and outfielder Austin Meadows has shown the talent and
Rum Bunter Aug 14, 2018

Pittsburgh Pirates Complete Archer Deal, Trade Baz

The Pittsburgh Pirates have completed the trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Chris Archer.  Shane Baz will be the player to be named later.  Here’s an overview on the value exchanged between the two clubs. A few days ago, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic hinted that Shane Baz would be the player to be named […] Pittsburgh Pirates Complete Archer Deal, Trade Baz - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Tampa Bay Times Aug 14, 2018
Rays get RHP Shane Baz as player to be named from Pirates in Chris Archer deal

Rays get RHP Shane Baz as player to be named from Pirates in Chris Archer deal

RHP Shane Baz, the No. 12 pick in the 2017 draft, will join the Rays from the Pirates as the player to be named in the Chris Archer trade.That makes the Rays' complete haul in the deal RHP Tyler Glasnow, OF Austin Meadows and Baz.Baz, 19, has been pitching at the Pirates
DRaysBay Aug 14, 2018
Rays acquire Shane Baz as PTBNL in Chris Archer trade

Rays acquire Shane Baz as PTBNL in Chris Archer trade

The RHP is currently ranked 4th in the Pirates system When the Rays traded Chris Archer to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows, there was a third piece missing, one that all parties agreed would be much bigger than a simple PTBNL. Well that player has been named, and it is right-handed pitcher Shane Baz, according to reports. Baz, who is currently ranked fourth in the Pirates prospect system and 95 on the overall MLB Pipeline top 100, is a legitimately great score for the Rays as part of the Archer trade. The 19-year-old grades out at an overall 50, with high marks...
DRaysBay Aug 12, 2018
Jays 2, Rays 1: That could have gone better

Jays 2, Rays 1: That could have gone better

Glasnow had his longest outing yet, and it was good. The Rays had just enough bad luck to lose this game in a matter of inches. Overall, it was a solid enough match, and the Rays had already won the series, but the one-run loss is never fun to watch. Tyler Glasnow certainly looked the part of a starter today, going 5+ innings and ending his day giving up only 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, and a nice healthy 6 K. It was his longest outing since joining the team as part of the Chris Archer trade, and the debate as to whether or not he can make it as a starter seems to be winding down, as he shows...
DRaysBay Aug 9, 2018
DOTF 8/8: Austin Meadows and Nathaniel Lowe lead Durham offensive explosion

DOTF 8/8: Austin Meadows and Nathaniel Lowe lead Durham offensive explosion

Nathaniel Lowe was promoted to AAA Wednesday afternoon. Nathaniel Lowe was promoted to AAA Durham and made an impact in his debut with three hits including a double in his first plate appearances and was hit by a pitch. Austin Meadows hit his first homer in the Rays organization since being acquired from Pittsburgh in the Chris Archer trade. Triple-A Durham Bulls (63-49) The Durham Bulls crushed the Columbus Clippers 17-2. After waiting through a rain delay the Bulls offense got off to a quick start with seven runs in the first two innings and then dropping an eight spot in the fourth to...
Purple Row Aug 8, 2018
Colorado Rockies game no. 114 thread: Márquez vs. Archer

Colorado Rockies game no. 114 thread: Márquez vs. Archer

Two former Tampa Bay products go head to head at Coors Field Wednesday afternoon The Rockies will try to avoid losing their third consecutive series to an NL Central opponent in a Wednesday matinee at Coors Field. Germán Márquez will try to continue his run of good starts against the newest Pirate, Chris Archer. Both Márquez and Archer came up through the Tampa Bay Rays system before Márquez was traded to the Rockies three years ago. Gametime: 1:10 pm MT TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, MLB.tv Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM, KNRV 1150 AM (Spanish) Lineups: Time to take the series....
Tampa Bay Times Aug 7, 2018
For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, with Glasnow on the mound

For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, with Glasnow on the mound

The Rays are looking to put the tough weekend sweep by the White Sox behind them tonight as they open the third segment of their homestand, hosting the Orioles.RHP Tyler Glasnow, the power pitcher acquired last week from Pittsburgh in the Chris Archer deal, will be on the mound for

Chris Archer trade was 'surprising' for Andrew McCutchen

“You either change with the times, or you get left behind,” McCutchen said. “Maybe they were tired of getting left behind.’’
Tampa Bay Times Aug 6, 2018
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays swept by White Sox

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays swept by White Sox

The Rays get swept by the White Sox as the 2008-squad-is celebrated at Tropicana Field for its 10th anniversary. Meanwhile, former Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer makes his Pirates debut and leaves to a standing ovation.Plus, the Bucs announce that Chris Godwin is now a
Tampa Bay Times Aug 6, 2018
Tyler Glasnow and the trouble with tall baseball players

Tyler Glasnow and the trouble with tall baseball players

ST. PETERSBURG - Tyler Glasnow, the pitcher who came over to the Rays from the Pirates last week along with outfield prospect Austin Meadows in the Chris Archer trade, features a 97 mph heater that makes hitters sweat and a 12-to-6 curveball that makes their knees buckle.You

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