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Rays Index 3 hours ago

Rays president calls poor attendance a ‘distraction’ the team tries to ignore

Rays President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman was a guest on MLB Network’s “High Heat” and had some interesting comments regarding the team’s continued struggle with attendance. Buried amongst the other standard Raysian clichés (they have payroll flexibility, getting Desmond Jennings back is like trading for a hitter!, etc.) Silverman […]
DRaysBay 3 hours ago

Game Notes: The Wild West comes to the Trop

Archer and Hernandez duel at (an hour past) high noon Let me set the scene. Staring at each other with enough grit and gruff to make James Dean look like a mama's boy, two bearded alphamales stand twenty yards apart on a dusty and abandoned dirt road as their fingers tickle their pistols. The tension began from the onset, slowly inching forward as the film culminates to this climactic showdown. It is the quintessential matchup of good and evil. The protagonist prevails more often than not, but the odds of survival favor neither hero nor villain. Both men lay their lives and honor on the...
DRaysBay 5 hours ago

Kevin Cash slams umpires in overtime loss

Kevin Kiermaier was unable to grab the home run sailing over the outfield fence in the tenth inning, not was Jake McGee in the ninth or Brad Boxberger in the tenth able to prevent one. Last night was a frustrating night in Tampa Bay. Topkin notes the moments in question: "Terrible. Terrible. It's embarrassing," Cash said, lashing out at the umpires for the first time as a manager. "We spend so much time on pace of play, let's just get the damn call right on the field. It's terrible. They ought to be embarrassed. Feels like we got beat twice tonight." Cash also was upset with a...
Rays Index 7 hours ago

[THE HANGOVER] 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. Mariners 7, RAYS 6, 10 innings (boxscore) THE GOOD: Jake Elmore was called back up and made the most of his first game back with a […]
DRaysBay 8 hours ago

Rays down on the farm May 27: Varona has big Rays debut

In his debut in the organization, Dayron Varoda was a big contributor for Charlotte If you forgot who Dayron Varona is, and I certainly did, here is a refresher. Triple-A Durham Bulls (26-22) Dylan Floro continued to pitch like his old self in Durham's 2-1 win over Rochester. A start after throwing six scoreless innings against Masahiro Tanaka, he was sharp again, allowing just one run on eight hits and a walk in seven innings with seven strikeouts, a season high, and getting 10 outs on the ground and none in the air. Taylor Motter's fifth-inning double tied the score, and Corey Brown won...
DRaysBay 16 hours ago

Rays 6, Mariners 7: Tampa Bay's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The offense manages to keep the game close despite a shaky bullpen in Bizarro World Barebones recap tonight, gentleman (and ladies). I was caught in the middle of one of the biggest storm cells that I can remember, and my power went out for like an hour. I swear it did. This is not an elaborate ruse to cover up the fact that I did not watch the game. I did, when I could. I wish I hadn't though. My power came on right before McGee gave up the game. I didn't even get to watch the hockey game either! It was awful! The whole thing was awful! This was a garbage game. A garbage day for Tampa Bay...
Rays Index 20 hours ago

Rays get screwed when MLB’s replay review blows another easy call

The Rays got screwed again by MLB’s replay review system when an obvious out at home was missed both by the umpire on the field and by the replay review crew in New York when the call was challenged. The play came in the first inning when a short ground […]
DRaysBay 22 hours ago

Game Notes: Colome vs Happ

Last night the Rays bats were quiet yet again, as the only run came from a solo homer from Logan Forsythe. The Rays have only scored three runs in their past 27 innings, resulting in three straight losses, but they're somehow miraculously in first place by a half game over New York. Forsythe has been responsible for all of the team's three runs over the last three games. God bless Logan Forsythe. Trying to snap the streak tonight, the Rays will send Alex Colome to the mound, coming off a very good start against Oakland. So far this year, Colome is 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA and a 4.21 FIP in 24...
DRaysBay 23 hours ago

Evan Longoria is good at baseball

Is Evan Longoria back? Just one year after signing a $135.6 million contract extension, considered a "team friendly" deal, Evan Longoria's performance cratered in a disappointing 2014 season. Before that season, he had been the picture of consistency, posting at least 128 wRC+ each year since 2008 before dropping to 107 in 2014. Some fans panicked, and felt that the Rays had just committed a large sum of money to an overrated player. Others believed this was a bad stretch, and that Longoria should return to being a superstar in 2015. Either way, this season would be crucial in determining...
DRaysBay May 26, 2015

The Rays Tank: Accept the Best, Expect the Worst

Not one or two, but three players were nipped by the injury bug over the weekend. One of my favorite songwriters, Blake Schwarzenbach, coined the lyric accept the best, expect the worst back in the 90’s. And while Blake was from Berkley — by way of Los Angeles — and though he wrote the lyric before the Devil Rays were even a team, I’m pretty sure he, in all of his prophetic wisdom, foresaw a day like Sunday, when not one or two, but three players* were nipped by the injury bug. For the three players in question — Steven Souza Jr., James Loney, and Asdrubal Cabrera — the...
DRaysBay May 26, 2015

Rays down on the farm May 26: Stanek promoted to Double-A

A day after another impressive start, Ryne Stanek will be challenged at a new level Who is going to step into Charlotte's rotation now? The Stone Crabs are in first place but have now lost two top starters. Triple-A Durham Bulls (25-22) Durham scored all five of its runs in the sixth in the Bulls' 5-4 win over Rochester. The first six batters of the inning pounded out hits, including Curt Casali's two-run double. The eventual winning run scored on Richie Shaffer's sacrifice fly later in the inning. After allowing two runs in the first inning, Matt Andriese settled in and only allowed one...
DRaysBay May 25, 2015

Rays 1, Mariners 4: Sloppy Fielding, No Bats Lead To Loss To M's

The offense again went quiet as uncharacteristic errors doom Rays. For the second straight game the Rays were virtually doomed from the first inning, and for the third straight game the offense was nowhere to be found. Seattle leadoff man Seth Smith reached base after Tim Beckham flubbed an easy ground ball that he didn't have to move an inch to field. Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi followed that up by walking Brad Miller on four pitchers and giving up back-to-back singles to Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz, putting the Rays in a 2-0 hole before nary an out was recorded. Odorizzi would settle...
DRaysBay May 25, 2015

Game Notes: James Loney to the DL; Souza, Cabrera injured

Happy Memorial Day Everyone! T-Bex Returns Along With Jake Elmore After playing two very good games to start the series against Oakland, the bats abandoned the team. The team only scored two runs in the final two games of the series, and also during yesterday's loss, they may have also lost some key players for a few days. Steven Souza Jr, Asdrubal Cabrera, and James Loney all left yesterday's game early due to injuries. Souza for an inexplicable collision at the plate into Stephn Vogt when he could have safely slid, Cabrera for a groin strain, and Loney's finger sprain is now in-fact a...
DRaysBay May 25, 2015

Rays down on the farm May 25: Shaffer makes unforgettable Triple-A debut

After being sent back to Montgomery to start 2015 in a numbers game, Richie Shaffer made up for lost time on Sunday Who are some of the other players in the organization who could use a promotion? Triple-A Durham Bulls (24-22) Durham and Scranton combined for six home runs, but two of them were off the bat of Richie Shaffer in the Bulls' 13-10 win. In a spectacular debut to remember, Shaffer went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double. Allan Dykstra and J.P. Arencibia also homered, and Durham's seven-run second inning was enough for the Bulls to survive a late rally. Andy Oliver was...
DRaysBay May 24, 2015

Rays 2, Mariners 7: Pitching Goes Awry In Loss

The bats go silent and the pitching flounders in Sunday's loss to Oakland. When the first pitch your starter throws gets taken for a home run by Billy Burns, he of three home runs in ~1600 professional at bats, it's never good. Everything was downhill from there. Erasmo Ramirez had done admirably his last two starts after rejoining the rotation, throwing exactly five innings in each with five total hits allowed. The Rays have been very strict with their young, or inexperienced starters this season. Alex Colome, Nathan Karns, and Ramirez have been limited to two times through a batting order...
DRaysBay May 24, 2015

Game Notes: [Fifty Shades of Gray joke here]

That's a biopic of Sonny Gray right? Yesterday was a disappointing day for Rays fans as the team was shutout for the 5th time this year, culminating in a 5-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Shortly after the game it was announced that Enny Romero, who walked four straight batters in the 8th, was optioned back to Durham. His replacement will be Preston Guilmet, who they claimed off waivers a couple of weeks ago. Today, the Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez to the mound to face off against Sonny Gray, who established himself as the ace of the A's last year with a breakout campaign. Ramirez in his...
DRaysBay May 24, 2015

Rays down on the farm May 24: Snell strong despite end of streak

Blake Snell allowed a run, but he still turned in a tremendous start With a first-inning run allowed, Blake Snell's ERA is now spiraling out of control. Triple-A Durham Bulls (22-22) Matt Buschmann was sharp in Durham's 4-2 win over Scranton. He struck out six and scattered just two hits and two walks over seven scoreless innings. The Bulls scored three times in the fifth when Taylor Motter singled with the bases loaded after the first three batters in the inning reached. The RailRiders traded a run for Jake Elmore's double play, but Eugenio Velez's two-out hit extended the lead. Jordan...
DRaysBay May 23, 2015

Rays vs. A's, game 44 recap, Rays' bats go silent in loss to Athletics

The Rays' offense couldn't find any of the power it had a night ago, as the Oakland A's shut out Tampa Bay 5-0. Saturday's game against the Oakland A's had so much potential: A first-place Rays team taking on a last-place A's team that was led on the mound by an under-performing pitcher, a night after the Rays took Oakland pitchers deep thrice. But a friend of mine once told me, "Potential just means you ain't done crap, yet." The Not-So-Good The defense was on point Saturday afternoon -- until the sixth inning when the wheels came off the wagon, though there were three plays that really...
DRaysBay May 23, 2015

Game Notes: Karns vs Graveman, Beckham demoted

Kendall Graveman, Enny Romero get second chances In November of 2014, the Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays swapped third basemen. Brett Lawrie, after playing his entire career with the Blue Jays, packed a pair of swim trunks for the West Coast while Josh Donaldson, after playing his entire career with the Athletics, purchased a few sweaters en route to America's Northern neighbor. The Athletics received three additional players in exchange for its' All Star slugger including pitchers Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin as well as middle infielder Franklin Barreto. Graveman, following a...
DRaysBay May 23, 2015

Rays 5, A's 2: Baseball in the uncanny valley

Pitching, defense, and the three-run homer, plus a couple ridiculous solo shots. Maybe was it seeing Scott Kazmir on the hill, in the Trop, as a member of the opposition. Maybe it was being thrown out by Sam Fuld. Maybe it was Vogt envy. Maybe it was the way David Rackley seemed to consult a Magic 8 Ball before making a ball/strike call. All I can tell you is tonight's matchup with the Oakland Athletics was weird, man. Disjointed. Like uncanny valley strange. It's okay though; the good guys won. But I think The Trop might be haunted. That's all I'm saying. Anyway, on to the game. An...

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