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DRaysBay 3 hours ago
Series Preview: Get ready for the TBex Reunion

Series Preview: Get ready for the TBex Reunion

Rays take on Orioles in Charm City The Tampa Bay Rays take on the Baltimore Orioles in seven of their last ten games, starting tonight with four games in Baltimore. The Orioles have struggled in September, losing 12 of their last 14 games, including two recent shutouts their last two times out against the Boston Red Sox. The Matchups: Thursday 7:05 PM: Matt Andriese vs Gabriel YnoaFriday 7:05 PM: Alex Cobb vs Jeremy HellicksonSaturday 7:05 PM: Jake Odorizzi vs Ubaldo JimenezSunday 1:35 PM: Chris Archer vs Dylan Bundy The Orioles starting rotation is their weak link. The Orioles rotation has...
Rays Colored Glasses 4 hours ago

Durham Bulls Win the Triple-A National Championship

The Rays Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls captured their second Triple-A National Championship and first since 2009 when they defeated the Memphis Redbirds 5-3 on Tuesday night. It would have been great if the Tampa Bay Rays had been playing another American League team in a one game playoff on Tuesday night for a Wild Card […] Durham Bulls Win the Triple-A National Championship - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DRaysBay 4 hours ago
Rays Trade Rumors: Which pitchers will be dealt?

Rays Trade Rumors: Which pitchers will be dealt?

Rays likely to turn surplus arms into prospects The Rays have nine candidates for the 2018 rotation: Chris Archer, Jacob Faria, Blake Snell, Jake Odorizzi, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Austin Pruitt, Brent Honeywell, and Jose De Leon. I will assume (more on these assumptions later) the Rays rotation in 2018 has Chris Archer, Jacob Faria, and Blake Snell set in stone but beyond that the Rays will be making a move with one or two of their starting pitching candidates. This begs the question: which pitcher will be dealt over the winter? 6. Brent Honeywell - 12-8, 3.64 ERA, 2.84 FIP in 26...
Rays Colored Glasses 5 hours ago

Rays Play Small Ball in Win Over Cubs, Snell Excels

The home run has played a major part in the Tampa Bay Rays offense this season, however in their win over the Cubs on Wednesday night, they played small ball and it proved to be one of the deciding factors. Getting back to and doing the “little things” is what manager Kevin Cash said following […] Rays Play Small Ball in Win Over Cubs, Snell Excels - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DRaysBay 7 hours ago
Here is how the Rays can still make the playoffs

Here is how the Rays can still make the playoffs

And it may or may not involve a six-way tie for the second Wild Card spot... The Tampa Bay Rays are currently have a record of 74-78 in 2017. They have played 152 games, which means they have 10 games left to go. Currently, the Rays are four games back in the race for the second Wild Card with five teams ahead of them. Fangraphs and MLB.com both peg the Rays with less than a 1% chance of making the playoffs... but that means there is still a chance. The Minnesota Twins are currently in possession of the second Wild Card spot with the opposite record of the Rays at 78-74. Behind the Twins...
DRaysBay 9 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: The Souza game

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: The Souza game

The Souza season? Steven Souza went a bit crazy on the base paths against John Lester. He took giant leads, got almost picked off twice, but in the end exploited Lester’s troubles throwing to steal two bases, and seemed to unsettle Lester in the process. After the game, he explained his plan. Just trying to get a big lead and go. There’s more interview in the link above. Souza also hit his 30th home run, and talked about how thankful he is for a healthy season. There’s also audio from Kevin Cash and Blake Snell, but Snell’s interview is worth watching on video, so as to fully...
DRaysBay 20 hours ago
Rays 8 Cubs 1: 5788 seems to be the Rays year

Rays 8 Cubs 1: 5788 seems to be the Rays year

Hitting, pitching and defense all show up. On the same night. The Rays and Blake Snell figured out how to neutralize the many Cubs fans who were among the 24,000 at Tropicana Field tonight: don’t give them anything to cheer about. There was certainly a day when a Blake Snell-Jon Lester pitching match up would seem to have heavily favored the Cubs. But today, there’s a new dominant lefty in town. Lester struggled with command and left without completing five innings. Snell meanwhile was getting ahead with fastballs and then nailing his opponents on his curve, in several cases with...
DRaysBay 23 hours ago
Steven Souza Jr becomes 8th Rays player to reach 30 HR in single season

Steven Souza Jr becomes 8th Rays player to reach 30 HR in single season

Souza goes deep for the first time in the month of September During the first inning of tonight’s contest with the Chicago Cubs, Steven Souza launched his 30th home run of the 2017 season, becoming the 8th player in Rays history to reach that mark. Souza’s 30th home run was a long time coming as he had been sitting with 29 since the start of the month with his last home run coming on August 30th in Kansas City. Logan Morrison was the 7th player in franchise history to homer 30 times in a season, launching his 30th back on August 27th as part of a multi-homer day. The six players to come...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to Joe Maddon

Tampa Bay Rays pay tribute to Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cubs skipper managed the Rays from 2006 to 2014 Joe Maddon returned to Tropicana Field for the first time since leaving the Tampa Bay Rays in controversial fashion following the 2014 season. Maddon had been the manager of the Rays from 2006 to 2014 and he helped guide the team from perennial basement dwellers in the beastly American Leagues East to perennial contenders. Along the way, he led the team to a World Series appearance in 2008, two division titles, and two Wild Card titles. His record while managing the club was 754-705 and received two American League Manager of the...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays miss out on golden opportunity

Tampa Bay Rays miss out on golden opportunity

Despite other Wild Card contenders struggling, the Rays were unable to take advantage The Tampa Bay Rays are all but eliminated from playoff contention in 2017. They needed to have a pretty good September in order to at least make the chase interesting...they have not. Instead, the Rays have so far gone 6-10 during the final month of the season, losing eight of their last 11 contest. Yet, somehow they actually haven’t lost too much ground in the Wild Card race, which is incredibly frustrating. The Rays have been awful this month, if they had been decent, at least .500, they would still...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays Recall INF Daniel Robertson, RHP Chih-Wei Hu, and Activate LHP Xavier Cedeno

Tampa Bay Rays Recall INF Daniel Robertson, RHP Chih-Wei Hu, and Activate LHP Xavier Cedeno

The Rays make three more roster additions as the end of the regular season approaches Following the Durham Bulls winning the Triple-A Championship, ending their season, the Tampa Bay Rays made three roster additions as they selected the contracts of INF Daniel Robertson and RHP Chih-Wei Hu from Triple-A Durham, and they also activated LHP Xavier Cedeno from the 60-day disabled list. A corresponding move to clear a 40-man roster spot has not been announced. Daniel Robertson made his first major league squad out of opening day and spent the majority of the season as a backup infielder for...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2017
Chris Archer: Where are the Rays fans?

Chris Archer: Where are the Rays fans?

A very pro Cubs crowd upset the Rays ace In an alternate universe, yesterday’s game could have been a compelling nail biter for Rays fans. The Rays offense mustered just one hit but it was a home run; Chris Archer went six innings allowing just two runs. A real pitchers duel, one that would have had us on the edge of our seats had the Rays still been contenders. Despite the Rays position in the standings, Archer could feel good about his performance. It was his best start since being removed from a game at the onset of September with forearm tightness. During postgame interviews,...
DRaysBay Sep 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Durham Bulls are the Triple-A Champions

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Durham Bulls are the Triple-A Champions

Bulls are champions, Rays are one hit, & Chris Archer isn’t happy Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the Chicago Cubs, thanks to a solid performance from former Rays prospect, Mike Montgomery, who held the Rays hitless until Brad Miller launched a solo home run in the sixth inning. That’d be all the scoring for the Rays through, and actually all the hitting too as Miller’s HR would be their only hit of the night. Actually the first time in franchise history they accomplished that feat. Chris Archer returned back to form somewhat as he held the Cubs to two runs on four...
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2017
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wong’s grand slam gives Durham another title

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Wong’s grand slam gives Durham another title

The Bulls won their second Triple-A championship with a win over Memphis Tuesday That’ll do it for the 2017 season. The Arizona Fall League begins in October, and I’d imagine some of the other offseason leagues start shortly after that. Thanks to jtmorgan, Bradley Neveu, and vaakintola for helping with the schedule this season, and thanks to all the readers who checked for updates, commented and participated in the discussion all year. Triple-A Durham Bulls (86-56) Kean Wong’s grand slam erased a 3-1 deficit and gave Durham a 6-3 win over Memphis to claim the Triple-A championship....
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2017
Cubs 2, Rays 1: Moral victories and literal defeats

Cubs 2, Rays 1: Moral victories and literal defeats

Let that be a lesson to you! No one no-hits the 2017 Tampa Bay Rays for nine consecutive innings in the same game! What do we say about a game like tonight’s game? In a lost season, you’ve sorta got to find any kind of joy you can. It was nice to see Joe Maddon again, and the Rays’ former skipper seemed to like being back for a little bit, giving a thumbs up to the crowd during a standing ovation. It was also nice (for me, personally) to see Ben Zobrist, who is my favorite baseball player of all time and one of the greatest Rays to ever play for the team. My personal pet argument is...
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2017
Series Preview: Joe Maddon, Cubs return to Tropicana Field

Series Preview: Joe Maddon, Cubs return to Tropicana Field

Former Rays manager Joe Maddon makes his return to Tropicana Field for a two game set. The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs disappointed in the first half with a 43-45 record entering the all-star break. However they have had the second best record in all of baseball since with a record of 40-21. That only trails the Cleveland Indians 46-17 run. The Matchups: Tuesday 7:10 PM: Mike Montgomery vs Chris ArcherWednesday 7:10 PM: Jon Lester vs Blake Snell Rays face two left handed starters. The opener will feature a matchup of starters that spent time in the other team’s minor...
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2017
How to watch the Durham Bulls in the Triple-A Championship Game

How to watch the Durham Bulls in the Triple-A Championship Game

Watch Willy Adames and the Durham Bulls go for the championship Tonight, the Durham Bulls will play the final minor league game of the 2017 season as they will take on the St Louis Cardinals affiliated Memphis Redbirds in the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game. The Durham Bulls will send their pitcher of the year, Ryan Yabrough to the mound and he’ll be opposed by Dakota Hudson, who was the pitcher of the year in the Texas League. Yarbrough came to the Rays during the past off-season as part of the Drew Smyly trade. The Rays will have several top prospects in their starting...
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2017
Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel no-hit the Rays in 2017

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel no-hit the Rays in 2017

So here’s a list of things the Rays would be more successful at than hitting against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel My colleague, Adam Sanford, shared a truly incredible 2017 nugget this morning (a stat that was originally uncovered by Reddit user albanydigital): In 2017, Craig Kimbrel pitched 9.0 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays and allowed zero hits while striking out 23. That’s right, in the combined equivalent of one complete game against Tampa Bay, Kimbrel has allowed just one batter to reach base (a Kevin Kiermaier walk), and has struck of 23 of the 28 batters he has faced. A...
Rays Colored Glasses Sep 19, 2017

Rays Set to Host Cubs and Former Skipper Joe Maddon

Since departing as the Tampa Bay Rays manager following the 2014 season, Joe Maddon returns to Tropicana Field for the first time as the Rays conclude their 2017 Interleague schedule with a two-game series against the defending World Series Champions. No doubt, the two-game series against the Cubs will be a bittersweet time for some […] Rays Set to Host Cubs and Former Skipper Joe Maddon - Rays Colored Glasses - Rays Colored Glasses - A Tampa Bay Rays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
DRaysBay Sep 19, 2017
Coffee for a Cause: Evan Longoria, Kahwa Coffee unveil “No. 3” blend

Coffee for a Cause: Evan Longoria, Kahwa Coffee unveil “No. 3” blend

Proceeds from the first round of sales will support hurricane relief, with future sales to support other local charities The owners of the beloved Kahwa Coffee and Evan Longoria today unveiled a new coffee blend, known as No. 3. Longoria, who doesn’t consider himself a coffee aficionado but does love a good cuppa Joe, worked with Kahwa owners Raphael and Sarah Perrier to development this new blend, which combines Brazilian, Guatamalan and Costa Rican beans. As Raphae Perrier told DRB, normally coffee blends feature four kinds of beans, but in honor of third baseman Longoria, they...

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