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DRaysBay 7 hours ago

Rays 4, Red Sox 3: Celebrate the paradoxically named Labor Day with a Rays walkoff win

Happy Labor Day! Let's celebrate it by not working. Happy Labor Day everybody! I'm home from college, at a cookout with my family, who keep glaring at me every time I run inside to write bits and pieces of the recap for the game I'm surreptitiously watching on my phone. Every time I come back out more and more of the deviled eggs disappear, and the volume level at which the older women yell is inversely proportional to the level of Jesus Juice left in the box of wine. I've also been trying to help my younger brother draft a passable fantasy football team, even though he's adamant about...
DRaysBay 14 hours ago

Rays Tank: Happy Labor Day

Labor Day is a fine and worthy holiday, when we celebrate the achievements of American organized labor, give thanks for the eight hour work day, the weekend, overtime laws, and safe working conditions. There is a dark side, however, in that we're no longer allowed to wear seersucker. I really like seersucker. It's also a holiday in that rosters expand. The only interesting callup for the Rays is Steve Geltz. The 26 year old is hardly a major prospect, but he has struck out over 30% of the batters he's faced in triple-A for the past two years, so I'm curious to see how he...
DRaysBay 17 hours ago

Rays down on the farm September 1: Princeton sloppy in game one loss

A pair of errors were crucial, and now their backs are against the wall Brent Honeywell's postseason ERA remains 0.00, but Princeton has to tighten up their defense if they want to extend the series to a decisive game three.  Five errors aren't particularly helpful. A day after Charlotte wrapped up their season, Montgomery and Bowling Green will play their last games today.  Durham and Hudson Valley will join the Princeton Rays in the postseason. Triple-A Durham Bulls (74-69- clinched division) Norfolk gradually built up a lead against Matt Andriese in Durham's game one 4-3 loss to the...
DRaysBay Aug 31, 2014

Rays vs Red Sox, game 3 recap: Offense lets Cobb down

Alex Cobb gave the Rays a strong outing, pitching into the seventh inning, while giving up two runs, with one of them unearned (although the error was his own). The offense, however, only reached base three times (two singles and a double from Matt Joyce) against the Red Sox' Clay Buchholz. Source: FanGraphs The fun part of this game was Kevin Kiermaier's defense. Fist this: Link, embed when available. Then this: Your browser does not support iframes. Yes, the route on that second one wasn't great, but he did adjust. The first catch was simply beautiful, though. Tomorrow, rosters expand,...
Rays Index Aug 31, 2014

Tailgating Game 137: First Round Of September Call-ups Announced

Playing A Little Pepper… In the first wave of September call-ups, the Rays will bring up Curt Casali and pitchers Steve Geltz and Brandon Gomes. David DeJesus will also be activated on Monday. There will be another round of call-ups after the Durham Bulls’ postseason run ends…Kelly Johnson has been […]
DRaysBay Aug 31, 2014

Rays down on the farm August 31: Princeton set to start playoffs

Brent Honeywell takes the ball to start a best of three series I'll probably do a quick playoff preview for the affiliates soon.  Hopefully Princeton's run isn't already over by the time I do. Charlotte's season will wrap up today with a doubleheader, and one of their probable pitchers is a name I did not expect to see. Triple-A Durham Bulls (74-67- clinched division) Durham was suspended because of a power issue. Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (31-37- eliminated) A ninth inning rally came up short in Montgomery's 4-3 loss to Jackson.  Prior to...
DRaysBay Aug 30, 2014
Game Recap: Rays KO Sox 7-0

Game Recap: Rays KO Sox 7-0

The Rays survive four hit batsmen to dominate the Red Sox 7 to zilch. On Star Wars Night, the force was not with the Tropicana Field lights come time for first pitch. A reported lightning strike caused a power surge that resulted in the dimming of some of the stadium lights, which resulted in a twelve minute delay. The outage would prove to be only the beginning of a strange night of baseball... one that would include five (!!) hit batsmen and a scary, UFC-esque Logan Forsythe forearm to the noggin of Dustin Pedroia. The Rays did all of their non-run-scoring damage in the second inning,...
DRaysBay Aug 30, 2014

Rays down on the farm August 30: Romero leads Durham to doubleheader sweep

Princeton ended their regular season with a win too This kind of flew under the radar to me, but Enny Romero actually had a pretty solid second half.  In eight starts, he struck out 39 and walked 14 in 42.2 innings with a 2.32 ERA and 1.22 WHIP.  He only allowed two home runs too, after spending the first half giving them up at a rate that it almost looked intentional. Triple-A Durham Bulls (74-67- clinched division) Durham's doubleheader got off to a long start when it took 11 innings for a game one 1-0 win over Norfolk.  After getting a leadoff single in the second inning, the Tides...
DRaysBay Aug 30, 2014

Red Sox 8, Rays 4: Yeesh

Let's just forget about this game, Part II Do y'all mind if we keep tonight's recap short? Okay? Okay. Chris Archer only lasted four innings, allowing ten hits and two walks while only collecting three strikeouts. All of the runs the Red Sox scored were scored off of Archer in his short period of work. Between the first and second innings he allowed eight runs, which would be all the Red Sox would get, but would be more than enough to snuff out any possible Rays rallies that would arise. In the second inning the Rays managed to score a run off of a Kevin Kiermaier single (all on two...
Rays Index Aug 29, 2014

Tailgating Game 135: Rays Trying To Do Something Not Seen In The AL Since 1981

Lineup… Playing a Little Pepper… The Rays have committed an error in 5 straight games for the first time since 2012…If Chris Archer allows fewer than 2 earned runs tonight, he would match the club record for 5 straight starts allowing 0 or 1 runs. He has not allowed a […]
Rays Index Aug 29, 2014

Playing A Little Pepper: 9 Questions For The Rays

First Inning. Who will be the opening day shortstop for the Rays in 2015? Yunel Escobar. He’s got a contract. It’s relatively cheap. And the Rays don’t want Ben Zobrist to play shortstop everyday. If they did, they had plenty of other opportunities to do it. Now, 2016 is a […]
DRaysBay Aug 29, 2014
Rays down on the farm August 29: Biscuits win on balk

Rays down on the farm August 29: Biscuits win on balk

After nine and a half innings of offensive ineptitude, the ineptitude scale tipped the other way Two more affiliates clinched divisions Thursday night.  Hudson Valley and Princeton already secured playoff spots, but now they know they'll go in as division winners.  Today is the last day of the Appy League regular season, and the New York-Penn League ends next week with just about everyone else. On a similar note from yesterday, I have two questions: Who is the biggest breakout hitter, and who is the biggest breakout pitcher? Triple-A Durham Bulls (72-67- clinched division) Mikie...
DRaysBay Aug 29, 2014

Rays vs. Orioles, game 4 recap: Thoroughly disheartening

Three and a half hours worth. I bet this game would have been fun if the Rays were in a playoff race. I imagine I would have delighted in the closeness of it, if the result had mattered. Watching both Jeremy Hellickson and Bud Norris work into trouble, and then be let of the hook, relatively speaking, would have been excruciating in the way people use the word when they really mean "really exciting because I'm forced to wait for a resolution that I care about." As it was, this game was simply painful. Desmond Jennings started off the game with a good piece of hitting, going down to get a...
DRaysBay Aug 29, 2014

O's 5, Rays 4: Same story, different day

Wherein I hide my legitimate despair for this team (and this year) through exaggerated and meta-ironic hyperbole. Ugh. I mean, jeeeeeeeeeeez guys. Really? Are you serious guys? C'mon guys, c'mon. I mean...I just...I mean seriously? It's like, I don't even know any more. It's hard, ya know? It's hard. Man, you're just killing me, you see what I'm saying? You catch my drift? You're just eating me up. Inside, here. In the inside place. Where I keep my happiness and my joy. You know the place. You're like *kkkkrip* just yanking it out of me. Of my heart, I mean. Ugh. The Rays got off to an...
Rays Index Aug 28, 2014

Tailgating Game 134: The Best Section To Catch Foul Balls At The Trop

Lineup… Playing A Little Pepper… Here is a handy little map put together by Time.com showing the best sections to sit in if you want to catch a foul ball at “Tropicana Park.” Game Graph… [Will be up at game time] Source: FanGraphs Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, […]
Rays Index Aug 28, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Another Big Start For Drew Smyly And Keeping Yunel Escobar

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Drew Smyly. Since the Rays traded David Price to the Tigers for Drew Smyly and a bucket of balls, […]
DRaysBay Aug 28, 2014
The Rays Tank: All Smyles in Baltimore

The Rays Tank: All Smyles in Baltimore

So punny. Will never get old. Especially if this kinda pitching keeps occurring. I mean... Since trade sending David Price to Tigers & Drew Smyly to Rays, only one has pitched like ace. • Smyly: 3-1, 1.50 ERA • Price: 1-2, 4.41 ERA — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 28, 2014 David Price allowed more runs in the 3rd inning tonight (8) than Drew Smyly has allowed in 5 starts with the Rays (6). — Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) August 28, 2014 Smyly has now gone 7 IP or more in 4 straight starts. Before that, he'd finished 7 IP only 3 times in 37 career starts....
DRaysBay Aug 28, 2014

Rays down on the farm August 28: Princeton clinches playoff berth

A doubleheader sweep helped Princeton get a rare chance to play for a championship It's Princeton's first time in the playoff since 1998 and just their third in team history since they started play in 1991. The GCL regular season wraps up today, and since I really have nothing to comment on from last night's games, I'll ask two simple questions: Who was the Rays' best minor league hitter, and who was the Rays' best minor league pitcher?  The players don't have to be prospects. Triple-A Durham Bulls (71-67- clinched postseason) Durham was crushed for the second straight night in an 8-1...
DRaysBay Aug 27, 2014

Smyly sharp as Rays down Orioles 3-1

Meanwhile, David Price struggles against the Yankees Drew Smyly shutdown the Orioles over seven innings while Kevin Gausman proved just hittable enough for the Rays to prevail Wednesday night over the Orioles 3-1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The first inning provided offense for the Rays but even so had another baserunning mistake. Ben Zobrist started the rally with a double of the wall in right field and moved to third on a wild pitch thrown by Gausman. Matt Joyce hit a grounder right at Jonathan Schoop manning second base at normal depth. Schoop attempting to throw Zobrist, who was...
Rays Index Aug 27, 2014

Tailgating Game 133: Arizona Fall League Rosters Announced

Lineup… Playing A Little Pepper… The Rays will 7 players to play for the Arizona Fall League including pitchers Zach Cooper (Class-A Charlotte), Matt Lollis (Double- A Montgomery), Colton Reavis (Charlotte), Jaime Schultz (Char- lotte), catchers Justin O’Conner (Montgomery) C Luke Maile, infielder Patrick Leonard (Charlotte), and outfielder Kes Carter […]

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