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Rays Index 11 hours ago

[THE HANGOVER] The plays Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Jays 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: It finally happened! After failing to throw out 48 straight base stealers, Hank Conger finally got one, nailing Ezequiel […]
Tampa Tribune 14 hours ago

Rays notes: After 48 steals, Conger gets his man

ST. PETERSBURG - C Hank Conger caught his first base runner attempting to steal since May 29, 2015, when he threw out Ezequiel Carrera trying to steal second to end the fifth inning Sunday. That ended a streak of 48 straight successful steals. Conger said he and catching coach Jamie Nelson

For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, looking for a sweep

UPDATE, 3:10: Hank Conger is back behind the plate for the Rays, making his first start since Saturday. Overall, Curt Casali has started 9 of the last 11 games, and replaced Conger for defensive purposes on Saturday. Controlling the running game has been an issue for Conger, as he has allowed 11 stolen bases this season and 48 straight …
DRaysBay Apr 27, 2016

DRaysBay Mailbag #3: Snell, Conger, and Throwback Jersey talk

Is Hank Conger responsible for Archer's slow start? Are you more excited about seeing the old Rays on the Padres, Kershaw's sicknasty curve, or the D-Backs horrible new uniforms? Those questions and more on this week's AskDRB! For the first time, I don't have to leadoff the show with tons and tons of LoMo talk! Huzzah! This week, we dive into some interesting topics, some to do with analysis of catcher's performance on pitching, and other analysis on special jerseys and missed oportunities in the uniform department of major league teams. This week's questions: - How much blame should Hank...
DRaysBay Apr 27, 2016

The Hit Show, Episode 6: Do you Snell what the Archer is Pitching!?

This week Dustin Clingman, Danny Russell, and Darby Robinson welcome Draysbay.com editor Ian Malinowski onto the podcast to discuss Blake Snell's debut, Chris Archer's great performance against the Orioles and the big 12-8 comeback win in Boston. Tune in for this and more on The Hit Show: This week's podcast was recorded on April 26th, and it should be noted, did not include discussion of the live game happening in the back ground for this session; however, if you listen hard enough, you just may be able to hear the grins through your earphones after KK's two-run home run! (You probably...
DRaysBay Apr 27, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Brad Miller succeeds in debut at #2

Plus Corey Dickerson talks about his big swinging approach. Rays were able to escape some jams, and get enough offense to win another series last night. The team's new #2 hitter against right-handed pitching, Brad Miller, went 2-4 with a 2B and a SB. They also got a first for their 2016 season: First sac fly of the season for #Rays — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 27, 2016 Also, congrats to Enny on the first of (hopefully) many! First big-league win for #Rays Enny Romero — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 27, 2016 Links! - Corey Dickerson talks about his approach,...
DRaysBay Apr 27, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames the hero again

Willy Adames delivers another late home run to lift Montgomery to victory Montgomery has a really interesting lineup, even with Justin O'Conner yet to play in 2016. Its bats are third in the league in runs despite playing one fewer game than the two teams in front of them. The Biscuits are fourth in on-base percentage, first in slugging and lead the league in home runs. They have the third fewest strikeouts and are third in walks. That's great, but think about this -- the position players' average age is 22.6 according to Baseball Reference, a full year younger than the second youngest...
DRaysBay Apr 26, 2016

Rays 3 Orioles 1: Sharp defense, great bullpen and tenacious Odor overcome Orioles

Rays generate just enough offense to take the second game of the series. The Orioles came into the season as a team that was chock full of great hitters, but whose starting pitchers were suspect.  In these last two games, however, their pitching has been pretty good.  Gausman pitched well on Monday night, and tonight Ubaldo Jimenez was quite effective, too.  However, the Orioles offense has been held to just 1 run by Rays pitching, and as a result the Rays are now positioned for their first series sweep of the year. Early innings:  smoke but no fire Jake Odorizzi had a strong first...
DRaysBay Apr 26, 2016

Game 20 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

The Rays go for the series victory against the division leaders Chris Archer's return to dominance last night propelled the Rays to a 2-0 shutout of the Orioles has the Baltimore bats -- with the exception of Pedro Alvarez, who was apparently in a slump -- couldn't figure out the Rays young ace. The victory placed the Rays just a game under .500, with a record of 9-10, just two and a half games back of the Orioles who top the division with a record of 11-7 Today's Starting Pitchers ...
DRaysBay Apr 26, 2016

The new look Rays are on a power surge

Chicks Dig the Long Ball: A Tampa Bay Rays Story What great fun it is to know that at any moment, one of the Rays sluggers may deposit a ball into the seats in the outfield bleachers. Gone are the days of suffering through at-bats of Reid Brignac, Jose Molina, Elliot Johnson, and the whole cavalcade that was 2012. Now the Rays have names like Steven Souza, Corey Dickerson, Steve Pearce, and Curt Casali, who are all capable of sending balls into upper decks at stadiums all across the major leagues, as well as the incumbent Longoria who is always good for a 20+ homer season. Currently, the...
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2016

The Rays catchers have not been good so far

Curt Casali and Hank Conger were supposed to be an improvement behind the plate...they haven't quite gotten there yet. At the end of spring training, when the Rays made the decision to release Rene Rivera and go with the duo of Hank Conger and Curt Casali, it was a conscientious decision to move away from exceptional defense in favor of adding some much needed pop behind the plate, hopefully eliminating the offensive black hole that has surrounded the position for the past few years. However, so far this season, the switch for more offense has been a dud as Casali and Conger have combined...
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames hits clutch home run

Willy Adames and Jake Bauers both went deep for Montgomery on Wednesday afternoon With 4/20 behind us, be on the lookout for some more Rays prospect suspensions. Triple-A Durham Bulls (8-6) He didn't quite strike out 11, but Austin Pruitt was still good in Durham's 5-3 win over Gwinnett. After fanning 11 in back-to-back starts to begin the season, Pruitt allowed a run in the first and second innings before settling in. He would finish with five punchouts and two runs allowed in six innings of work. The Bulls went in front for good with a three-run third capped by Dayron Varona's two-run...
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2016

Game 15 Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox

The Rays are taking on David Price for the 4th time since his departure from the club The $217 million dollar man is taking on the Rays tonight, as the Boston Red Sox will send David Price to the hill to face his former team. The Rays so far have split the series after taking the first game in an extra inning affair where the Rays shutout the Red Sox, 3-0, and then they took the loss last night as Chris Archer continued his slow start to the year. Today's Starting Pitchers ...
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Ducky's in the airport

It'll be in terminal A. We're almost two hours late. But Chris Archer can't execute his pitches, on normal rest, so why would you think I can execute a tank on short rest? Links: - From Chastain, Evan Longoria likes pitchers who work fast, and has funny quotes about Jeremy Hellickson (who did not work fast). - From Topkin, apparently David Price, pitching against Evan Longoria before, has tried to hug him while tagging him out. Longoria declined. - Also from Topkin, Chris Archer talks about his struggles, saying that the problem is pitch execution. - From Mooney, Longoria thinks Price is...
DRaysBay Apr 20, 2016

Rays 3 Red Sox 7: Rays frozen out in chilly Beantown

Ouch. It was a chilly Boston night clearly not intended for baseball, and not much went right for the Rays. Chris Archer has had, to say the least, a shaky start to the season. Here at DRB we don’t care much about pitcher wins so let’s forget about his 0-3 record. But coming into tonight, his 5.87 ERA, 1.957 WHIP and 5.86 FIP, all suggest something is off. The only part of his stat line that in any way looks familiar is his 13.5 strike outs per nine innings, but since he hasn’t been able to get past the fifth yet, most of us would probably be willing to lose a few of those strike...

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