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DRaysBay 6 hours ago

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 10: "The Winds of Winter"

Revengers Assemble Well, that was fantastic television. Coronation, revelation, vengeance, and wonder; the season six finale "The Winds of Winter" represents a new level of achievement for Game of Thrones. Not only was it heart wrenching and cathartic, but it was an assault on the senses in the best possible way. Miguel Sapochnik’s direction and Ramin Djawadi’s score are at their apex, and the entire cast gets to flex their acting prowess in heavy, meaningful scenes that turn the page to the final act of our fantasy epic. This week’s episode was a culmination of sorts, the last...
DRaysBay 7 hours ago

Game 75 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox

Rays are 0-12 with Blake Snell on the active roster, the rookie hopes to snap that streak tonight TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Eduardo Rodriguez 1 2 6.41 6.36 16.1% 9.3% .262 .259 7 5 26.2 -0.3 Blake Snell 0 2 2.40 2.93 17.4% 10.1% .274 .340 0 3 15.0 0.4 Blake Snell's third major league start was a major step in the right direction. His numbers haven't been terrible, although his starts have seemed kind of rocky to the naked eye, Snell has only allowed four...
DRaysBay 11 hours ago

Don't count out Jaff Decker... yet

This is what this season has come to, but stay with me. The Rays are the third major league team to employ Jaff Decker since the Padres drafted him in the first round in 2008. He was available in the fall because his second team, the Pirates, released him in 2015. The Rays signed him as a free agent for a $510,000, partly for organizational filler, but partly because they thought they saw something worth investigating. Decker turned 26 this year, and we all know he’s on the roster because the Rays three starting outfielders, Guyer, Kiermaier, and Souza, Jr., and minor league call-up...
DRaysBay 11 hours ago

Life as a Tampa Bay Rays fan

Hello darkness my old friend... Hello, my name is Josh Morgan and I am a depressed Tampa Bay Rays fan. I enjoy most sports, but Major League Baseball is my true obsession. Times like these make things difficult for those around me as I take losses to heart and the performance of my favorite teams play a major role in my mood. It is something I’ve worked on balancing. As is true in real life, in baseball things are never as good as they may appear during a hot streak or nearly as bad as they appear during a losing streak such as this. I have worked at trying to regress my emotions to the...
Rays Index 13 hours ago

[THE HANGOVER] What 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. Orioles 12, RAYS 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: It’s almost July! That means we can stop worrying so much about this poop show and start concentrating on whom […]
DRaysBay Jun 26, 2016

Rays 5, Orioles 12: Eleven Straight Losses.

The Tampa Bay Rays take another beatdown at the hands of the O's. This game, like many others this season, was not fun. Drew Smyly was terrible. Ryan Webb was (and has always been) terrible. The Rays offense was not necessarily terrible, but it certainly was nowhere near enough to keep pace with the 17 hit, 12 run shellacking the Orioles put on Rays pitching today. This game was over from the first inning, as Drew Smyly gave up a walk and two singles before allowing a Chris Davis grand slam to put the O's up 4-0 early. Desmond Jennings put the Rays on the board in the second, but Smyly...
DRaysBay Jun 26, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Honeywell returns for Charlotte

Saturday was a day of debuts in the Rays system Saturday was a day of debuts in the Rays system. Joe McCarthy made his Charlotte debut in is doubleheader, going a combined 2-for-5 with a walk. Kewby Meyer made his debut in Bowling Green after being promoted from Hudson Valley. Perhaps the biggest debuts came in the Gulf Coast League, when Josh Lowe and Chris Betts played their first professional games, and highly touted Dominican outfielder Jesus Sanchez joined them. Note: It has been reported that a glitch has affected some box scores on milb.com. I do not know if any Rays box scores have...
DRaysBay Jun 26, 2016

Game 74 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

The Rays have lost 10 in a row and are in danger of being swept for the third straight series TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Drew Smyly 2 7 4.78 4.10 26.9% 5.4% .246 .297 16 14 84.2 1.3 Tyler Wilson 3 5 4.19 4.27 12.9% 5.5% .248 .264 8 11/14 73.0 0.9 Drew Smyly's season has been a series of ups-and-downs as he tried to build upon his twelve strikeout performance his last time out, but the Giants were able to get to him for four runs on eight hits, however,...
DRaysBay Jun 25, 2016

Rays 6, O's 8: The (im)perfect 10

Come to complain about the Rays 10 game losing streak. Stay for the Ron Swanson reaction gif recap. The Rays decided that not scoring was un-fun, and set out to change that right-quick in game 2 of the doubleheader. In the 1st, Rays got the offense started with a 2B past a diving Joey Rickard from Logan Forsythe, a bloop single from Corey "Big Bloopin" Dickerson, followed up by a well struck RBI single from LoMo.  Of course the inning would end with a double play hit into by Brad Miller, but you take what you can get when you lose 9 in a row. The Rays offense wasn't done...
DRaysBay Jun 25, 2016

Rays 0, Orioles 5: Question: Will the Rays ever win again?

The Rays will have another chance tonight to end their losing streak that has gone on for what seems to be an eternity. This afternoon, however, there was never any point that you felt the Rays had a reasonable shot at winning. Matt Andriese filled in for the spot start and pitched relatively well. He went 4.2 innings while allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out five and walking two. All of the damage off of Andriese came in the second inning as Jonathan Schoop led off the inning with a double that was got to the left field wall on one hop. Pedro Alvarez followed with a...
DRaysBay Jun 25, 2016

Game 72 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

The Rays have lost eight in a row, they'll have two chances today to snap that streak TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Matt Andriese 6 0 2.88 3.12 16.9% 6.5% .235 .278 2 7/10 50 1.2 Kevin Gausman 0 5 4.37 4.52 21.0% 6.1% .270 .310 12 12 68.0 0.8 Andriese will be making a short return to the starting staff as Blake Snell took his place over the past couple of weeks, despite Andriese's strong numbers. He made his last start on the 10th...
DRaysBay Jun 25, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adrian Rondon

Adrian Rondon The most recent three-home run game I can recall in the organization was Richie Shaffer kind of early after his promotion to Durham in 2015. If there was a minor league play index, I could know for sure. Triple-A Durham Bulls (34-42) Durham scored first, but it could not add on in its 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Eury Perez, who apparently plays for the Durham Bulls, led off the game with a double and scored on Richie Shaffer's single later in the inning, but the Bulls would only get one hit over the final six innings. Adam Wilk was tagged with the loss despite a good outing,...
DRaysBay Jun 24, 2016

Game 71 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

Will the Rays finally snap their season long losing streak? TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS/G IP fWAR Matt Moore 3 4 4.90 4.65 21.9% 7.0% .272 .316 15 14 82.2 0.5 Yovani Gallardo 2 1 6.26 4.47 13.2% 10.4% .295 .329 2 5 23.0 0.2 Matt Moore has seemingly turned things around after a rough May as he has allowed just two earned runs over his last 13 innings pitched. During his last start, Moore pitched six innings and allowed two runs on six hits -- one solo homer -- while he also walked two and struck out five, resulting in a...
DRaysBay Jun 24, 2016

Series Preview: Rays head to Baltimore.

Cold offense faces bad starting pitching. Can they turn it around? The last week has been pretty miserable as a Rays fan. The offense has been awful, the starting pitching is better but not great, and the bullpen has found ways to turn close games into blowouts. The Rays head to Baltimore for a four game series this weekend. If this weekend goes badly as least it will go quickly as all four games are scheduled to be completed within 48 hours. The Orioles have lost seven of their last twelve. The Orioles have given up 72 runs (6 per game) over that twelve game stretch, but also has scored 65...
Rays Index Jun 24, 2016

Rays trade for Twins outfielder

The Rays have acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia in a deal with the Minnesota Twins. Arcia had been designated for assignment by the Twins a week ago. The Twins received an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal. With all the injuries to outfielder, the Rays had to make a move […]
DRaysBay Jun 24, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Biscuits nearly unhittable

Montgomery made a bid for its third no-hitter in team history With the GCL Rays scheduled to start their season Friday, all seven domestic affiliates will be in action. Adrian Rondon being assigned to Princeton does remove quite a bit of drama from seeing who will be playing in the Gulf Coast League, though. Triple-A Durham Bulls (34-41) Durham hammered Charlotte, 9-1, in a 4 1/2 inning, rain-shortened game. Dayron Varona led off the second with a home run, and he capped the six-run frame with a two-run double with two outs. In the third, Jake Goebbert hit a sacrifice fly, and Richie...
Rays Index Jun 23, 2016

MLB insider says Rays ‘need to sell’ as trade rumors involving Jake Odorizzi start to pick up steam

The Rays have now played more than 40% of the season and they remain in a massive funk, losing 17 of their last 27 games, a stretch that actually includes their best run of the season, winning nine out of 11 games at one point. But as the injuries pile […]
DRaysBay Jun 23, 2016

The Rays Bullpen is Not the Problem

Relievers are the goats of the game when they blow a lead but seldom heralded as heroes when they pitch well. Are they getting unfair blame for the team's poor showing this year? You don't have to dig very deep to find a poor Rays bullpen performance.  Steve Geltz allowed the Indians to blow the game open on Tuesday night, just as Erasmo Ramirez allowed the Indians to blow the game open on Monday night and as Matt Andriese failed to keep the Rays close on Wednesday night. For fans, and maybe even for players, a poor bullpen performance can really stand out.  Unless the game is a blowout,...
Rays Index Jun 23, 2016

[Indians 6, Rays 1] What 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. Indians 6, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE NOT AS BAD AS THE REST OF THE BAD: This is your 2016 Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are now […]
DRaysBay Jun 23, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Archer’s poor starts to games

Change the warm-up? Yesterday, Chris Archer struggled in the first inning once more. From the quotes in Topkin’s writeup, Archer’s trying to figure something to change: "It's tough. For roughly four years, my major-league career, I've had the same routine," he said. "But maybe I should change something up. I'll look into it." Steve Kinsella also noted Archer’s displeasure at his poor starts to games. "It is very frustrating putting the team behind the eight ball numerous times this season, right out of the gate." Archer told reporters after the game. "Something I definitely need to...

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