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DRaysBay 3 hours ago
View from the Catwalks: Oh well, Wednesday is better day to celebrate anyway

View from the Catwalks: Oh well, Wednesday is better day to celebrate anyway

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports On a night filled with clinches, Rays will have to wait another day to clinch the division On a night filled with clinches, the Rays came up short. They dropped a game to the Mets 5-2, while the Yankees knocked off the Blue Jays, thus keeping the Rays Magic Number for clinching the division at 1. It’s still all but certain that the Rays will win the division, but let’s not tempt fate. Go get em, Tyler. * * * This homer by Robby Cano last night was absurd. This was the highest pitch any batter has hit for a HR this season. https://t.co/SQ4m1kimh7—...
DRaysBay 14 hours ago
Mets 5, Rays 2: So, this Pete Alonso guy...

Mets 5, Rays 2: So, this Pete Alonso guy...

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Rays narrowly miss winning the AL East tonight. In classic close-scoring Rays action (at least for the first half), this game kept us on our toes until the very end, never entirely sure which way it would go. While the Rays ultimately lost, there were several points where a turnaround seems possible right up until the last couple of innings. Off the hop it was pretty clear that the starting pitchers were evenly matched right out of the gate. The Rays might have been able to best Mets ace Jacob deGrom in Monday’s (equally close scoring) outing, but Seth Lugo...
DRaysBay 17 hours ago
GDT: Let us please score some runs

GDT: Let us please score some runs

The last time the Rays scored more than 3 runs was on Thursday. Go Rays!
DRaysBay 22 hours ago
Pitch sequencing is fascinating featuring Nick Anderson

Pitch sequencing is fascinating featuring Nick Anderson

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports ...and his 11-pitch exchange with Robinson Cano As the resident pitching expert here at DRaysBay (Ian’s words, not mine), I am obviously fascinated by all things pitching. Since I started covering the Rays here, I have made many a post in the realms of things such as player previews, mechanical breakdowns and other analytical deep dives. Today I want to try something new, and talk about in-game pitch sequencing. This is the stuff that really gets me going—the cat and mouse game, to me, that’s what really makes baseball a game like no other. In the...
DRaysBay 22 hours ago
Which potential first round opponent would the Rays rather see: Cleveland or Toronto?

Which potential first round opponent would the Rays rather see: Cleveland or Toronto?

Photo by Mark Blinch/ There are cases to be made for either With less than a week to go in the 2020 truncated regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays have clinched a playoff spot and are one win or Yankee loss away from clinching the American League East. October baseball in the Bay Area for the second straight year, and now the question becomes: What does the Rays path to a second-ever pennant and potentially first-ever title look like? There’s plenty that can change in the final week, but with the Yankees three games ahead of Toronto, Minnesota two and a half games ahead of Cleveland, and...
DRaysBay 23 hours ago
Blake Snell re-emerges as Rays ace

Blake Snell re-emerges as Rays ace

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports After an off-year in 2019, Snellzilla is back to his dominant self in 2020 The 2018 season marked Blake Snell’s coming out party. In a season where he dominated the league en route to his first Cy Young award, Snell established himself as one of the most exciting and dominant pitchers in the game. The following offseason, the Rays acknowledged his success and signed him to a five-year, fifty-million-dollar extension. Alongside Charlie Morton, who the Rays signed to a thirty-million-dollar deal earlier that offseason, Blake Snell was set to lead the Rays...
DRaysBay Sep 21, 2020
Rays 2, Mets 1: deRays beat deGrom

Rays 2, Mets 1: deRays beat deGrom

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports I am definitely the first one to ever make that joke... The Rays came into tonight’s game having already clinched a playoff berth. At this point, they are playing for three things: The division The No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and Home Field Advantage But they would have no small task in front of them, as they would have to go through back to back National League Cy Young Award Winner Jacob deGrom. After the top of the first, it did indeed look like it would be a long night for the Rays offense, as the first three Rays hitters struck out via triple digit...
DRaysBay Sep 21, 2020
Rays 2, Mets 1: Playoff Rehearsal

Rays 2, Mets 1: Playoff Rehearsal

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Give our man Kevin Cash some appreciation (and the Manager of the Year Award) Thanks to a defeat of arguably the best pitcher in baseball, the Rays magic number for the American League East is down to one with nearly a week of baseball to go. The Rays took on the other team from New York on Monday night, tussling with Jacob deGrom and the Mets in a game in which Rays manager Kevin Cash gave a potential preview of what a back-end of the rotation playoff game could look like for the Rays come October. The Rays started with Peter Fairbanks, who lowered his ERA to 2.55...
DRaysBay Sep 21, 2020
GDT: Meet the Mets!

GDT: Meet the Mets!

Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Ahhh...deGrom is pitching? Never mind. Go Rays!
DRaysBay Sep 21, 2020
Rays announce free “Digital Bobblehead” scratch off prizes

Rays announce free “Digital Bobblehead” scratch off prizes

Papa Johns and team store gifts and coupons await! In celebration of their upcoming trip to the postseason, the Rays and Digital Giveaways Group LLC (DiGG) announced the launch of a “digital bobblehead” — an online vehicle to get fans prizes via a virtual scratch off — designed for mobile devices. As the name suggests, a digital bobblehead replicates the fan-favorite collectible in the digital medium through a high-quality 3D model which is viewable in the browser of any smartphone or tablet. In addition to the familiar bobbling head motion, the digital figure can be viewed from any...
DRaysBay Sep 21, 2020
Rays Series Preview: The Mets are on FIRE

Rays Series Preview: The Mets are on FIRE

Photo by Mike Stobe/ No, wait, that’s just their stadium. The Tampa Bay Rays have had a playoff spot locked up for a while, but winning the American League East is within sight. The Rays hold a 3.5 game lead over the New York Yankees and hold the head to head tiebreaker, so if the Rays finish 3-3 or better this week there’s nothing the Yankees can do about it. The New York Mets are still alive in the National League playoff race despite a 24-29 record. Unlike the American League where the top eight teams have felt inevitable for the last month the National League has been anything...
DRaysBay Sep 21, 2020
View from the Catwalk: No, Wander Franco has not been called up.

View from the Catwalk: No, Wander Franco has not been called up.

Photo by Greg Fiume/ The Rays fell to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday by a score of 2-1. While it is admittedly hard to sweep a five game series, it is still frustrating that they could not capitalize on Ryan Yarbrough’s stellar performance. As I’m writing this the Yankee game has not yet finished, but the Red Sox are ahead 10-1, and the Yankees have Erik Kratz, their third string catcher, pitching. So I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that they will end the day still 3.5 games ahead of New York, with their magic number for the division title down to 3. Tonight they...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2020
Rays 1, Orioles 2: Yar-brilliant but with no run support

Rays 1, Orioles 2: Yar-brilliant but with no run support

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Yarbrough did almost everything right but the offense did almost everything wrong. With four-straight wins against Baltimore in the bag, the Rays needed one more to complete the sweep of the five-game series in Camden Yards. Ryan Yarbrough started for the Rays while John Means started for the Orioles. Lookin' to take 'em all https://t.co/Ihg1AV2O8d pic.twitter.com/Ck5qU8AUTy— Tampa Bay Rays - x (@RaysBaseball) September 20, 2020 Yarbrough’s outing started out poorly, allowing two-straight singles before recording the first out of the game. Renato...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2020
GDT: John is a man of Means

GDT: John is a man of Means

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Rays hope to make him look Average. Go Rays!
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2020
Rays 3, Orioles 1: Arozarena by any other name...

Rays 3, Orioles 1: Arozarena by any other name...

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Yoshi and Randy homer, Charlie recovers from a rocky start, and Thompson (?!?) gets the save On a night where the Rays smoked the ball repeatedly with not a lot to show for it, they got just enough offense to knock off the Orioles 3-1. The win cut the magic number to four. Charlie Morton got the start against Jorge Lopez. Morton vs. López in Baltimore tonight https://t.co/DZZyqBhhg2 pic.twitter.com/9qwiOZcFuA— Tampa Bay Rays - x (@RaysBaseball) September 19, 2020 The Rays put runners on in each of the first two innings against Lopez, with the law firm of...

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