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Rays Index 8 hours ago

Tim Beckham’s brainfart leads to yet another loss

The Rays lost 8-6 to the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. It was a loss that once again saw the Rays struggle with the fundamentals, something that has plagued this team all season. The latest came in the fourth inning with the Rays already leading 4-1. Kevin Kiermaier singled up […]
Rays Index 15 hours ago

[Rays 4, Red Sox 3] 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. RAYS (boxscore) THE GOOD: If you had Luke Maile in your Pick To Click pool, you win! With the Rays trailing 3-1 in the 7th inning and […]
Rays Index Aug 29, 2016

[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. RAYS 10, Astros 4 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Matt Duffy has been good in his first two weeks with the Rays. In 14 games, he has 17 hits […]
Rays Index Aug 27, 2016

The Desmond Jennings era is over as the Rays finally let go of their ‘fool’s gold hope’

The Desmond Jennings era is over. On Friday, the Rays released the oft-injured and oft-underperforming outfielder after seven seasons with the club. Cash spoke about the move, via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “It was time,” Cash said. “Best for him, best for us going forward.” The Rays […]
Rays Index Aug 24, 2016

[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. Red Sox 2, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays got on base! Sorta? Well, the leadoff hitters got on base early in the game. In […]
Rays Index Aug 23, 2016

[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. Red Sox 6, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays have been better. Prior to the All-Star break, the Rays ranked 26th in MLB with a […]
DRaysBay Aug 22, 2016

Danny Farquhar has found swing and miss stuff

Will he be a key piece of the 2017 bullpen? Danny Farquhar came to the Rays from Seattle as a secondary piece in the Brad Miller - Nathan Karns trade. He was targeted as a potential rebound candidate who would hopefully strengthen a Rays bullpen that could charitably be described as a question mark after trading away Jake McGee and, in spring training, losing Brad Boxberger to injury. The Rays saw a young guy who had enjoyed previous success at the back end of the bullpen as he had put up a 3.34 ERA and 2.42 FIP over 126.2 innings in 2013 and 2014. He had picked up 17 saves and struck out...
DRaysBay Aug 21, 2016

Game 122 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Martin Perez 8 8 4.09 4.59 11.8% 9.4% .262 .282 14 25 152 1.3 Drew Smyly 5 11 4.85 4.32 23.3% 6.4% .253 .296 24 23 137.1 1.9 Drew Smyly turned in his best start since April during his last time on the mound. Smyly allowed just one hit, unfortunately a home run, while he walked two and struck out four over seven innings pitched. The effort resulted in Smyly's fifth win of the season, and his third victory in a row. Martin Perez...
DRaysBay Aug 19, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Brad Miller is an Android Sent to Hit Home Runs

The slap hitting short stop is now a power hitting first baseman...because that’s what happens Rays News: Although it’s a down year for the Rays, they posses a strong core and there’s reason to be excited for 2017 The controversial Matt Bush will play against the Rays for the first time in his career. Plus rehab updates Jason Collette looks into the new and improved Brad Miller who will not stop hitting home runs The Bowling Green Hot Rods and Tampa Bay Rays have extended their contract through 2018 Around the League: Brandon Guyer has excelled for the Indians since being...
DRaysBay Aug 18, 2016

Counting Down the Greatest Tampa Bay Rays Games by WPA (Part 2)

In number three on our countdown, Aubrey Huff does everything in his power to give the Devil Rays a win On Monday I kicked off a countdown of the top five games in Tampa Bay Rays history in terms of WPA (Win Probability Added). For the basic definition of the stat, I pulled this from the FanGraphs glossary on the term “Win Probability Added (WPA) captures the change in Win Expectancy from one plate appearance to the next and credits or debits the player based on how much their action increased their team’s odds of winning.” Basically, it shows how much a single player contributed to...
Rays Index Aug 18, 2016

The Rays are freezing ticket prices for some fans and it is a terrible sign

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced a freeze to some ticket prices for the next two seasons, but it comes with a catch and it is all a terrible sign. According to the Rays, season-ticket holders can now freeze the prices for their tickets for the 2017 and 2017 season […]
DRaysBay Aug 16, 2016

Rays vs. Padres, game two recap: Welcome back to the Trop, Edwin Jackson

You can come by any time. Ah, Edwin Jackson. We’ve missed you. And I think we can all agree (unlike in our discussions of Wil Myers) that we both like you and are happy you’re a former Ray. The bottom of the second inning was a very Edwin Jackson inning. Matt Duffy led off a line drive up the middle for a single, and then EJ lost his strike zone, missing down and away to Logan Morrison on four straight pitches. He threw three more balls to Steven Souza Jr., before getting a break when ball four hit Souza’s checked swing. Still, the real ball four came two pitches later, loading the...
DRaysBay Aug 16, 2016

Rays prospect Travis Ott set to start NYPL All-Star Game

Travis Ott has owned the New York-Penn League this season, and he's being rewarded Tuesday night, the Hudson Valley Renegades will host the New York-Penn League All-Star game. Naturally, one of the club's four pitchers named to the game -- Travis Ott -- will start the game for the North All-Stars. The Rays acquired the 21-year-old lefty from Washington in the 11-player Dec. 2014 trade that sent Wil Myers to San Diego. Ott didn't arrive with the major league time of Rene Rivera, Burch Smith or Steven Souza or with the fanfare of fellow prospect Jake Bauers, but it's becoming increasingly...
Rays Index Aug 15, 2016

Owner says Kevin Cash has done a ‘tremendous’ job during the most disappointing season in Rays history

On May 20, the Rays were 20-19, in third place in the East and just 4.5 games back. Since then, they have Major League Baseball’s worst record at 27-50 — the equivalent of losing 105 games in a full season — and have lost 20.5 games to the Blue Jays in […]
DRaysBay Aug 13, 2016

Rays 4, Yankees 8: Tampa Bay Loses Game of Homerball

Brad Miller loses to Yankees On a hot day at New Yankee Stadium, the Bombers bombs proved too much for the Tampa Bay Millers. Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge got things rolling early for the Yankees, when they became the first teammates ever to homer in their first major league at bats in the same game, going back-to-back in the second inning off Matt Andriese. The Rays would answer, briefly taking the lead in the fourth off Masahiro Tanaka. Kevin Kiermaier started the rally with a one-out bunt single, followed by an Evan Longoria single to right, bringing up the angriest man in baseball....
DRaysBay Aug 12, 2016

Series Preview: Alex Rodriguez’s Farewell

The Rays head to New York to take on the Yankees. Tonight’s game will receive a lot of attention as it was announced as Alex Rodriguez’s last in a Yankee uniform. After the game he will be released by the Yankees. Rodriguez has been a polarizing figure throughout much of his career, but he has put up some truly incredible numbers. Matchups: Friday: Chris Archer vs C.C. Sabathia Saturday: Matt Andriese vs Masahiro Tanaka Sunday: Jake Odorizzi vs TBA Tanaka has remained healthy and leader of the Yankee rotation. CC. Sabathia’s season could be split into two contrasting parts. From April...
DRaysBay Aug 12, 2016

Catching up with short-season pitchers

The Rays have spent a number of draft picks on high school pitchers in recent seasons After catching up with some short-season bats last week, it's time to get to the mound. That essentially became "catching up with Hudson Valley's pitching staff". So far, the Renegades lead the New York-Penn League in ERA and WHIP. Like last week with the hitters, I did not include every pitcher performing well. I tended to pick pitchers who have some scouting information online so there's something to offer besides a handful of stats. RHP Peter Bayer, Princeton Rays (18 IP, 1.00 ERA, 1.95 FIP, 38.5 K%,...
DRaysBay Aug 11, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays 1st Round Draft Pick Josh Lowe is Raking!

Just an observation! Josh Lowe is on fire. After being selected with the Rays first round draft pick in this year's draft, Josh Lowe waited a couple of weeks and then signed with the Rays on June 17th. He'd make his professional debut a week later on June 24th for the Gulf Coast League Rays. Lowe struggled to make an immediate adjustment and after his first 12 games, Lowe only had three hits in 45 plate appearances, while he was striking out at above a 30% clip. However, since then he has turned things around significantly. ...
Rays Index Aug 11, 2016

[Blue Jays 7, Rays 0] What Rays fans need to know today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Blue Jays 7, RAYS 0 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The good news is that if you actually tried to watch last night’s game, you could bail after […]
DRaysBay Aug 10, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: A Save in a 9-2 ballgame

Plus, Mahtook looks to regain that '15 September swing, and Prince Fielder may be forced to call it a career. The Rays beat the Blue Jays last night 9-2, and Erasmo Ramirez got his first save of the season. You might think, "how the heck do you get a save in a 9-2 game?", and it's a good reminder of why the "save" state is a fairly silly one. Basically, Erasmo came in while it was still a 5-2 game, and he finished the game, so all the extra runs don't count against the fact that he "closed" a game he entered while it was still within the 3 runs needed to qualify for a save. Silly stat...

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