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DRaysBay 4 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: They’re Losing Again

After winning three games in a row to start the week, the Rays have now lost three in a row Rays News: Today has the potential to be a huge day in Rays trade rumors and speculation as the Rays are off, traveling to Los Angeles (whom have a strong interest in Rays starting pitching), and the Aroldis Chapman deal being completed could cause a domino effect on the trade market Erasmo Ramirez on the pitch that won the game yesterday for Oakland, plus injury updates Steve Pearce had the unfortunate pleasure of being caught in the dugout bathroom on live television during Saturday’s...
Rays Index 5 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. A’s 3, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The starting pitching has been good. In fact, considering the Rays are still without Alex Cobb, the staff over […]
DRaysBay 6 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames still hot

Since the Futures Game, Willy Adames has been a tough out Willy Adames had a rough June, by his standards. He batted .250 with a .697 OPS, which is actually above the Southern League average. That's firmly in the rear-view mirror now. In 12 games since he rejoined the Biscuits, he has hits in 11 of them. His average has gone from .266 to .280, and he has six extra-base hits in that span. He hasn't hit a home run since June 9, but I'm sure the Rays are still more than satisfied with his performance in 2016. Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-58) Knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa had a rough time in Durham's...
DRaysBay 18 hours ago

Game 98 Recap, Rays at A's: Rays drop third straight to A's

Logan Forsythe tied the game in the eighth with one swing of the bat, but Erasmo Ramirez gave the game right back to Oakland in the ninth for the third straight one-run loss to the A's. I don't care what Florence and the Machine say, the dog days are most certainly not over, at least not yet. Now that I have my obligatory terrible joke out of the way, we can talk about today's game, featuring the Oakland A's and the only team under .500 in the AL East. The Rays, after winning three straight games, two of three against the Rockies and the series-opener in Oakland, had dropped two straight...
DRaysBay 23 hours ago

Game 98 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

The Rays hope to salvage a series splits after two straight walkoff losses TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Blake Snell 2 4 3.11 3.16 23.4% 12.1% .234 .306 1 7 37.2 0.9 Jesse Hahn 2 4 6.49 5.76 10.3% 9.6% .326 .336 6 7 34.2 -0.2 Although his promotion happened to correlate with the Rays season going downhill, Blake Snell has been really, really good. He has steadily improved as the season progressed, turning in a dazzling effort his last time out on the 19th in...
DRaysBay Jul 24, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: That Sucked

Oakland walked off for the second night in a row Rays News: Alex Colome finally blew a save last night, allowing three runs on two homers as the Athletics walked off. With the trade deadline looming, a couple of Rays (Curt Casali, Brad Miller, Chris Archer, Steven Souza, Brandon Guyer, Erasmo Ramirez, and Drew Smyly) share their stories of how they found out they’d brrn acquired by Tampa Bay The Rays may take their trade talks right to the wire, plus injury updates on several players Oswaldo Arcia left last night’s game after injuring himself on swing, but Kevin Cash said he’s...
DRaysBay Jul 24, 2016

Rays 3, A’s 4: We were winning, until we weren’t

The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. ~Carl Jung and/or Kevin Cash The Rays were on their way to beating the Oakland A’s tonight behind a strong start from Drew Smyly and just enough hitting. Then the 9th inning happened, and Oakland scored three on two homers off Alex Colome, allowing Oakland to walk it off. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Smyly battled through a tough 29 pitch first inning. He was touched for two hits and a walk, as well as the only run charged to him on a single by Khris Davis with runners on first and second. The damage...
DRaysBay Jul 23, 2016

Game 97 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

The Rays hope to bounce back after 13 scoreless innings yesterday TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Drew Smyly 2 11 5.64 4.50 24.5% 6.4% .270 .321 21 18 105.1 1.1 Kendall Graveman 6 6 4.25 4.59 15.0% 7.3% .275 .302 13 18 101.2 0.7 Drew Smyly's struggled again his last time out as his season long slump continued. Since his start on May 21st, Smyly has lost seven of his 10 starts with an ERA north of seven over that time. During his last start, Smyly allowed five...
DRaysBay Jul 23, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Melvin Upton Heading to Baltimore?

The Padres may be close to sending longtime Rays, B.J. Upton, to the Orioles Rays News: Take a stroll down memory lane as the Tampa Bay Times catches up with the Devil Rays 2001 top pick and 2005 opening day starter, Dewon Brazelton Marc Topkin makes a case for the Rays to hold on to Evan Longoria, because apparently that’s something that needs to be done Drew Smyly is optimistic about his start tonight, plus injury updates and other tidbits Logan Morrison update #Rays Morrison said diagnosis on forearm was tendinitis, got shot. Cash said they hope he can be available at least to...
DRaysBay Jul 23, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Manny Sanchez being Manny

Bowling Green's outfielder homered in his fifth straight game Entering Friday's game (not including, because apparently it's difficult for MiLB.com to have updated player pages within several hours after the game was completed), Sanchez had a 1.223 OPS in nine July games. His line for the season still doesn't look great because he was atrocious in May, but he's just 20 years old. Triple-A Durham Bulls (45-56) Casey Gillaspie hit his first Triple-A home run, but Durham fell to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 6-5, in 10 innings. The Bulls were down 3-1 when Gillaspie led off the sixth with a solo...
DRaysBay Jul 23, 2016

Rays 0, A’s 1: Don’t. Blink.

Pitching masterpiece goes to waste There are a couple reasons not to blink during a pitchers duel. The obvious one is that you don’t want to miss the one moment during the entire game when somebody finally scores. The other is, if you blink too long, you fall asleep and miss four or five innings, because West Coast road trips are awful. Anyway, if you like pitching, last night’s game was one for you. Jake Odorizzi and Sean Manaea locked up in a good one, each twirling eight shutout innings. Jake was rock solid, with a great fastball, especially up, and good change mixed in with his...
DRaysBay Jul 22, 2016

Game 96 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

The Rays hope to win their fourth game in a row TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Jake Odorizzi 4 5 4.39 4.32 22.7% 7.6% .248 .289 18 20 110.2 1.2 Sean Manaea 3 5 5.13 4.42 19.1% 6.5% .265 .300 11 12/13 72.0 0.6 Jake Odorizzi rebounded from a couple of subpar outings with a quality performance during his last start as he completed six innings against the Orioles. He allowed two runs on seven hits -- one homer -- while he walked one and struck out seven en route to...
DRaysBay Jul 22, 2016

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Chris Archer Trade Speculation Abound

No one is safe when it comes to the trade deadline and the speculation it brings Rays News: Chris Archer’s name was a popular topic yesterday among baseball insiders as rumors/speculation unfolded. #Rangers, who have allowed most runs in AL since All-Star break, are in an all-out search for rotation and bullpen help.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 21, 2016 Exec from team that's been talking with the Rays says he sees such a good fit with Dodgers, places odds at "70 pct" Chris Archer lands in LA— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 21, 2016 My cohort @JimBowden_ESPN reported Texas...
DRaysBay Jul 21, 2016

Game 95 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

The Rays head out west to Oakland with a rather unusual lineup TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS: 2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR Matt Moore 5 7 4.33 4.60 19.8% 6.9% .257 .289 19 19 116.1 0.9 Sonny Gray 4 8 5.12 4.61 17.3% 8.9% .271 .307 13 17 96.2 0.7 Matt Moore was absolutely fantastic during his last start on the 19th as he continued his stellar trend. Since the Rays fell into this skid, Moore has easily been their best starting pitcher and with the exception of a few mistakes, he has been...
DRaysBay Jul 21, 2016

Series Preview: Rays face West Coast Rays

The Rays take the road trip to Oakland after winning their last two games and earning a rare series win. The Athletics are coming off two series victories against the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays. The Matchups: Thursday: Matt Moore vs Sonny Gray Friday: Jake Odorizzi vs Sean Manaea Saturday: Drew Smyly vs Kendall Graveman Sunday: Blake Snell vs TBA* * Rich Hill was scheduled to make a start this series after he was pulled during the first batter against the Blue Jays on Sunday when a blister popped on his finger. The A’s need him to get back out there as the trade deadline...
Rays Index Jul 21, 2016

MLB insider says Chris Archer is available for trade but there is a catch

We are closing in on the trade deadline which means we are in the middle of baseball’s silly season. With the Rays out of the race and loaded with starting pitchers, seemingly every playoff contender is interested in trading for one of the Rays’ young arms, and one name that […]
DRaysBay Jul 21, 2016

What the Rays Could Expect to Get if They Trade Their Starting Pitchers

With a weak pitching market this trade deadline the Rays have a much sought after commodity. I'm shocked at how the 2016 season has gone for the Tampa Bay Rays. I had envisioned them pushing for a playoff spot on the back of a really good (and finally healthy) rotation. I loved the new power that Dickerson, Morrison, and Miller were sure to provide. I was positive that Blake Snell would build off of his dominant 2015 and take his talents to St. Pete. With Kiermaier and Longo anchoring the defense and catalyzing the offense, this Rays team was sure to be good, right? Well, not...
Rays Index Jul 21, 2016

[Rays 11, Rockies 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 11, Rockies 3 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Have yourself a day, Tim Beckham! Beckham went 5-5 as the Rays crushed the Rockies for the second-straight day. If […]
DRaysBay Jul 21, 2016

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Promoted players chip in

A pair of recently promoted players contribute to wins On Wednesday, Baseball America released its midseason report on the Rays, including an updated top-10 list. It doesn't appear to be subscriber-only, so check it out. Triple-A Durham Bulls (44-55) Jacob Faria lasted longer than his previous start when he was bombed, but that is not saying much in Durham's 6-4 loss to Rochester. After striking out the opening batter of the game, Faria allowed three straight hits to give the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. They scored again that inning and later hit a pair of solo home runs off Faria, who was...
DRaysBay Jul 20, 2016

Rays 11, Rockies 3: Rocky Mountain High

Offensive outbursts are the best! Let’s do this more often. The Rays began their inexorable march to October 2016 by winning today in Coors Field against the Rockies, taking a road series for the first time since FDR was in office. Chris Archer did a fairly good job of limiting damage the entire game, a feat Jorge de la Rosa was unfortunately unable to replicate. With this win, the Rays have won the first two games of their inevitable 26 game winning streak which will propel them into second place in the AL Wild Card. An Early Hole Archer has had a lot of trouble both limiting runs in the...

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