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Rays Index 15 hours ago

Raymond got punk’d by Yasiel Puig

During pre-game warm-ups on Tuesday, a few Dodgers players, including Yasiel Puig, had a little fun at the expense of Raymond. Not cool, dudes. Not cool. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The Professor for Rays Index, 2016. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
DRaysBay 16 hours ago

AskDRB #4: April showers bring May runs scored?

A new month, and a new AskDRB! We start the first AskDRB of May with a bit of a look back on the first month. I have lots of excitement about Logan Forsythe, so look forward to a nice rambling lovefest for Frosty the leadoff Ray. Questions and Topics: - When is the Desmond Jennings story going to end? - Is the bullpen a bigger problem than our starting rotation? - Is Souza's 35% K-rate ever going to go down? - When do the Rays make the switch to Richie Shaffer for LoMo? - Just how much do we like Brad Miller at #2? (quite a lot) - Despite changes to approach and offseason additions, the...
DRaysBay 18 hours ago

The closing of The Tampa Tribune is an opportunity for better Rays coverage

Baseball is an everyday sport, and an incredibly human one. Errors and judgement calls are a regular part of every game—sometimes infuriatingly, and it's the human element that gives baseball its life. The same could be said about baseball journalism. When there were two newspapers in Tampa Bay, the majority of the work done by the two beat writers, Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay TImes) and Roger Mooney (Tampa Tribune), was to recap the game and provide daily notes from the manager. They watched the same game, they uncovered the same facts, and heard the same quotes. Outside of small nuances,...
Rays Index 19 hours ago

Some thoughts on the end of the Tampa Tribune

I’m sure most of you have heard by now that the Tampa Bay Times bought the Tampa Tribune yesterday, marking the end of the Tribune. First of all, it is a sad day because some talented people are going to lose their jobs. I’m sure they will land on their […]
Rays Index 20 hours ago

[THE HANGOVER] The plays 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. Dodgers 10, RAYS 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Steve Pearce had his second multi-hit game in his last 4 starts. He also has 6 hits, 2 walks, and […]
DRaysBay May 3, 2016

Tampa Bay Times purchases The Tampa Tribune

Region to shrink to one local newspaper. In a shocking announcement, the Tampa Bay Times has purchased the Tampa Tribune, with plans to consolidate operations to one newspaper. It is not known whether this will expand regional sports coverage, or result in a decrease. At least 100 employees at the Tribune are anticipated to be laid off. Here is a video from the Times on the merger: From the full article on the acquisition: The purchase of the Tampa Tribune puts the Times on solid financial footing and gives the Tampa Bay region an independent, locally owned newspaper that can keep serving...
DRaysBay May 3, 2016

Series Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers at Tampa Bay Rays

The Dodgers make first trip to Tropicana Field since the Devil was exorcised. The Los Angelenos are in town making their first trip to Tropicana Field since 2007. As the Rays welcome back Carl Crawford, Scott Kazmir, J.P. Howell, former farmhand Adam Libertore the visit has a class reunion feel. The Dodgers come in scuffling offensively as they had lost six in a row before Clayton Kershaw was able to stop the skid on Sunday with a complete game.  As the Dodgers won that match 1-0 and Kershaw drove in the game's only run, the team still would seem to be in a bit of a slump.  We're proud...
DRaysBay May 3, 2016

Walk-Off Home Runs in Tampa Bay Rays History

The Rays haven't had a walk-off homer in nearly two years. Let's remind ourselves what they look like. Heading into play tonight, the Rays have gone 712 days without the (in my opinion) most exciting play to end a game. It initiates a raucous, joyous celebration with players storming the field, surrounding home plate anticipating their teammate so they can serenade him once he's arrived after sending a ball into the outfield seats for a walk-off home run. The term 'walk-off home run' originated back in the late 80's coined by a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle who had witnessed one...
DRaysBay May 2, 2016

Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2: "Home"

That magnificent bastard returns as Thrones focuses back in on the political intrigue around Westeros and Essos In the season six premiere "The Red Woman," Game of Thrones took the briefest of pauses to reacquaint the audience with the human cost of this dangerous game. Fitting, then, that its successor, "Home," is a return to the show's most prevalent themes: the universality of the game of thrones. While "Home" refers to characters longing to return, it also represents the show's return to its thematic bedrock. From Meereen to Pyke, King's Landing to Winterfell, the game is in full swing...
Rays Index May 2, 2016

[THE HANGOVER] The plays 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. Jays 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: It finally happened! After failing to throw out 48 straight base stealers, Hank Conger finally got one, nailing Ezequiel […]
DRaysBay May 1, 2016

Rays 1, Blue Jays 5: Bullpen Folds

A disastrous ninth by the Cedeno and Colome ruin a perfectly nice pitchers duel. If you like quality pitching, this was a fun game for eight innings, as 27,217 fans were treated to dominating performances by the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman and the Rays' Jake Odorizzi. And if you like hitting yourself in the face with a hammer, the ninth inning was pretty good too. Odor's Day Things didn't start on the best of notes, as Odor walked the first batter he faced in Michael Saunders on eight pitches. But on the ninth pitch, he retired Josh Donaldson on a double play grounder to Brad Miller. From...
Rays Index Apr 27, 2016

Steve Souza Jr. made a ridiculous diving catch to rob an extra-base hit

Steve Souza Jr made a catch for the ages on Wednesday night, robbing Chris Davis of a double and saving Matt Moore. Souza covered a lot of ground, before going airborne for the ridiculous diving grab. Here is the replay. And here is the reaction by Moore. Likes(0)Dislikes(0) © The […]
DRaysBay Apr 27, 2016

Game 21 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

Hola! Let's go for the sweep, shall we? Today's Starting Pitchers: 2016 W L IP GS ERA FIP K% BB% HR AVG BABIP fWAR Chris Tillman 1 1 18.1 4 4.42 3.31 20.0% 8.0% 1 .250 .308 0.4 Matt Moore 1 1 25 4 3.60 3.41 25.2% 4.9% 3 .240 .299 0.5 Matt Moore was given two leads his last time out against the Yankees and he blew them both as he allowed a tying homer to Brian McCann, and then also allowed a game-tying steal of home to Jacoby Ellsbury later in the game. When it was all said and done, he had been charged with...
DRaysBay Apr 27, 2016

DRaysBay Mailbag #3: Snell, Conger, and Throwback Jersey talk

Is Hank Conger responsible for Archer's slow start? Are you more excited about seeing the old Rays on the Padres, Kershaw's sicknasty curve, or the D-Backs horrible new uniforms? Those questions and more on this week's AskDRB! For the first time, I don't have to leadoff the show with tons and tons of LoMo talk! Huzzah! This week, we dive into some interesting topics, some to do with analysis of catcher's performance on pitching, and other analysis on special jerseys and missed oportunities in the uniform department of major league teams. This week's questions: - How much blame should Hank...
Rays Index Apr 27, 2016

Comment suggests Rays are planning to fix the biggest complaint fans have with the uniforms

The Rays appear to be working towards fixing the biggest complaint fans have with their uniforms — the absence of any jersey that says “Tampa Bay” across the front. Maybe. When asked on Twitter if the Rays will ever have a road jersey that says “Tampa Bay,” the official account of […]
Rays Index Apr 27, 2016

Rays 3, Orioles 1: The plays 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 3, Orioles 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Jake Odorizzi was OK, giving up 7 hits in 5 innings and striking out just 1. He was able […]
DRaysBay Apr 26, 2016

The Expendables: Rays Prospect Depth

Depth at several positions gives the Rays some potential trade pieces Through trades and drafts, the Rays have strengthened their farm system in the last few years, and are now in a position where they might look to trade promising players who might not have a clear path to the majors with this franchise.  Of course, depth can evaporate quickly; only in our dreams do all exciting prospects reach the potential of their more optimistic projections. Even with that caveat, here's a look at somewhere we could see expendable prospects. Pitching Obviously we know the Rays have A LOT of pitching...
DRaysBay Apr 25, 2016

Rays vs. Orioles, game 1 recap: Chris Archer dominates

Working ahead in the count and being able to use a third pitch will do wonders, apparently. This was the start Chris Archer needed. No, his fastball didn't always go exactly where he wanted it to. No, his slider didn't always break the same amount. There were wasted pitches. But you can waste some pitches when you're ahead in the count. Sometimes you even get to call them "purpose pitches." The first story to Archer's game was fastball command and working ahead in the count. But there was another story, and that was Archer's changeup. Archer threw 95 pitches, and a full 20 of them were...
DRaysBay Apr 25, 2016

Game 19 Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

The Rays look for revenge against the Orioles after having been swept in their first encounter of 2016 Last time the Rays played the Orioles, it was in the most unfavorable conditions as one game was rained out, while the other two were played in temperatures south of 40 degrees, while also having to deal with 10+ mph winds. The Orioles would take both games. So, naturally the Rays host a three game set in conditions that are the exact opposite of how they were in Baltimore two weeks ago, under the friendly confines of the Tropicana Field dome. Entering play, the Orioles sit atop the AL...
Rays Index Apr 25, 2016

The plays 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 8, Yankees 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: What do we make of the offense? On the one hand, the Rays are still 24th in MLB with 3.61 […]

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    Matt Moore

    Matt Moore surprised by Orioles' Joey Rickard, Chris Tillman's mix and bullpen gets work

  • 1 Brandon Guyer

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    Alex Wood struggles again on road and Dodgers are back at .500 after 8-5 loss to Rays

  • 1 Curt Casali

    Curt Casali

    Alex Wood struggles again on road and Dodgers are back at .500 after 8-5 loss to Rays

  • Chris Archer

    Chris Archer

    Chris Archer shuts down the Orioles in series opener at the Trop - Steve Melewski

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    Kevin Kiermaier

    Here's that amazing catch by Rays OF Steven Souza Jr.

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