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Rays’ 2017 playoff chances may ultimately come down to random chance

Rays’ 2017 playoff chances may ultimately come down to random chance

Random variance still takes place during the season, even in a 162 game schedule. The baseball season comes down to series of weighted coin flips. It might seem overly simplistic, but over a season the good teams win around 60 percent of their games (a 97.2 win pace), while the bad teams win around 40 percent of their games, a 64.8 win pace. Most teams lie somewhere in the middle, where the Rays are projected. Most projections that are currently out have the Rays winning between 81 and 85 games. The Rays are expected to be flipping a slightly weighted coin. 162 games is a lot, and sounds...
DRaysBay Feb 24, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links - The First Game of Spring Training!

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links - The First Game of Spring Training!

First game of the spring, Ryne Stanek hopeful for the majors, and everyone hated Rasmus’ beard Tonight, the Rays will play their first game of the spring, with Austin Pruitt set to take the mound for the Rays against the Minnesota Twins at 7pm. The game won’t be televised, but can be heard through the Rays Radio Team. Links The Rays starting lineup for tonight’s game Neil Solondz continues to have a feature on each player in camp, this time with tonight’s starter, Austin Pruitt Ryne Stanek, the Rays second selection in the 2013 draft, hopes to make the leap to the majors this...
DRaysBay Feb 24, 2017
2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 30

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 30

Kevin Gadea, a rare Rule 5 pick by the Rays, joins the list We’ve reached the last poll, or so I thought. We usually do stop at 30, but with the depth in the system, there seems to be some interest in continuing. A couple ideas have been proposed: A. Continue voting as we have been, one player at a time B. Rank your top five among the remaining (or all of them) at once and I’ll count up all the votes. Talk about what you want to do moving forward. C Chris Betts (L/R, 6'2 215, 20 in 2017) 2016 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and short-season Hudson Valley: 145 PA, .179/.345/.250,...
DRaysBay Feb 23, 2017
2016 Rays doomed by lack of depth

2016 Rays doomed by lack of depth

Trades, promotions should provide more insurance in 2017 Improving on offense appeared to be one of the main goals of the Rays 2015-16 off-season, and they were successful, acquiring Brad Miller, Corey Dickerson, and Logan Morrison via trade. Steve Pearce was signed in free agency and they gave up some cash to acquire Hank Conger. Overall these moves worked out well; nonetheless their 2016 offense only scored 672 runs. That was a 28 run improvement over their 2015 total of 644, but league offense was up overall in 2016 so the Rays gain was less than the league average of 36.5 runs per...
DRaysBay Feb 23, 2017
First Rays Lineup of the Year!

First Rays Lineup of the Year!

The Rays take on the Twins Friday night The Tampa Bay Rays will play their first game of the spring tomorrow night against the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 in Fort Myers. There won’t be a television broadcast, but Rays Radio on WDAE will cover the game. Throwing the first pitch of the spring for the Rays tomorrow will be Austin Pruitt, who was added to the 40-man roster back in November and has an outside shot at making the 40-man roster. Among the notable players heading to Fort Myers will be Corey Dickerson, Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Brad Miller, and Tim Beckham with the rest of the roster...
DRaysBay Feb 23, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays Trivia Thurday! Most HR by a Rays first baseman

Tampa Bay Rays Trivia Thurday! Most HR by a Rays first baseman

Trivia Thursday is back, this time with first basemen! Welcome back for the second week of Tampa Bay Rays Sporcle Trivia, or TBRST for short. Last week, you all proved how little you actually knew about the Rays and their history as only 21.7% of you guessed Shawn Riggans, come on people. You’ll be getting a second chance this week as we tackle the first basemen of Rays past...and present (wink, wink). Anyway, the object is to answer which players in Rays history have hit the most home runs while manning first base (the leader is actually responsible for a 1⁄3 of all the HR hit by a...
DRaysBay Feb 23, 2017
Rays 2017 season preview: Jake Odorizzi

Rays 2017 season preview: Jake Odorizzi

With arbitration settled, it’s time to get the odometer churning! The Rays had quite a few arbitration-eligible players this offseason and got almost every one settled without a hearing. The lone exception was righthander Jake Odorizzi, 26, who was eligible for the first time. Once each side made their case, the arbitrator sided with Odorizzi and awarded the righty a 2017 salary of $4.1 million. The significant raise came on the heels of a 10-6 season that saw him throw the most innings of his career (187.2), and compile 3.7 WARP and 2.0 WAR. Year-over-year, he maintained the same...
DRaysBay Feb 23, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: One day until a “real” game

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: One day until a “real” game

Smile. Not just Luke Maile. When Luke suddenly remembers our first game is tomorrow... #RaysUpINFO // https://t.co/KqOgSF4Wgk pic.twitter.com/iar4x7Is8g— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 23, 2017 And here are some people with less excited faces. Steve Kinsella of Sports Talk Florida posted video from the Rays clubhouse and field, with Kevins Kiermaier and Cash as well as Evan Longoria talking about the day’s training session, KK’s “speech” before the team, and the upcoming season. Links Michael Lortz with a proposal that the Rays swap spring training facilities with...
Rays Index Feb 22, 2017

Let’s check in on the 2017 Tampa Bay Rays and their facial hair

Photo Day is always interesting as we get our first high-res look at many of the Rays players and coaches. This year’s group seems to have a common theme: facial hair. Of course, the star of the show is Colby Rasmus, whom the Rays signed out of the Pennsylvania Amish […]
DRaysBay Feb 22, 2017
The Rays Way: Compete, Always

The Rays Way: Compete, Always

Tanking and rebuilding are not options for this front office Just over a year ago, I wrote an article that examined the Rays ability to win without tanking. Obviously, I - and most others including PECOTA - never expected them to go out there and lose 94 games thereafter, but that wasn’t what the article was about. Instead, it was about the ability of the front office to make maximum use of their assets, whether they be dollars, draft picks, or players. With the White Sox in full rebuild mode and the Reds following closely behind, I thought it would be worthwhile to re-examine just how...
DRaysBay Feb 21, 2017
Rays expected to land top international prospect: Wander Franco

Rays expected to land top international prospect: Wander Franco

The nephew of Padres SS Erick Aybar is expected to be a huge target for the Rays when international free-agency opens July 2nd, 2017 The last time the Rays were allowed to spend more than $300,000 on any international minor league free agent (2014), they spent $2.95M on Adrian Rondon and more than $5.5M overall that year. Other notables that year were LHP Francisco Sanchez ($675K), CF Jesus Sanchez ($400K), and LHP Resly Linares ($275K). As Rays fans who monitor the international market closely know, the team is about to exit the restrictions they’ve had on spending for the last two...
DRaysBay Feb 21, 2017
Washington Nationals close to signing Matt Wieters, Tampa Bay Rays lose out

Washington Nationals close to signing Matt Wieters, Tampa Bay Rays lose out

Matt Wieters has rejected the Rays offer and is heading to Washington Matt Wieters needed to sign soon and now it seems he has finally settled on which team to settle with as it is being reported that the Washinton Nationals have reached an agreement with Wieters on a two year deal, that allows the catcher to opt out after the first year. The Rays had been linked to Wieters over the past month and had even made an offer to him for reportedly one year with the hopes that he would boost his value and receive a better offer in free agency. The Rays must not have wanted to gaurantee the second...
DRaysBay Feb 21, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Kiermaier a PECOTA darling

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Kiermaier a PECOTA darling

Also, a closer look at one of the bullpen hopefuls. Just look at this concentration. En la búsqueda de una gran temporada, la concentración siempre al máximo . ⚾️ #RaysBeisbol #EntranamientoPrimaveral pic.twitter.com/ufiQacSkJr— Rays de Tampa Bay (@raysbeisbol) February 21, 2017 To the max! Hello from the other side. @Cole_Figueroa joined the Rays front office this offseason. pic.twitter.com/ypMQ793cGK— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 20, 2017 Cole Figueroa, now an “Assistant, Baseball Development” for the Rays, showing that his concentration is al...
DRaysBay Feb 20, 2017
Pete Rose highlights the Dinner with Chris Archer and Friends banquet

Pete Rose highlights the Dinner with Chris Archer and Friends banquet

Rose was one of several former major leaguers to speak at the event last Saturday. On Saturday evening, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the Dinner with Chris Archer and Friends featuring the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The event took place at Tropicana Field and supported the Ted Williams Foundation, the Archway Foundation, and the Rays Baseball Foundation. The event required business casual attire. There was people dressed to the nines, including suits and cocktail dresses with a handful of attendees in class A military attire. Many wore jeans and a...
DRaysBay Feb 20, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links - Waiting on Matt Wieters

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links - Waiting on Matt Wieters

Wieters is still holding out for more, Betances and Yankees fueding, and should the Rays pursue Melvin Upton Links An update on Matt Wieters Hearing it's status quo for #Rays on Wieters. They made their offer, Wieters/Boras haven't accepted, surely still seeking more elsewhere— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 19, 2017 Rays newcomer, Mallex Smith, talks about his decision to the wear the number zero Steven Souza thinks he has been over critical on himself, resulting in the less than expected output he’s produced During his first day in camp, Evan Longoria showed off a thick...
DRaysBay Feb 20, 2017
2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 28

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 28

Carlos Vargas hasn’t played a game in the U.S. yet, but he is on our top-30 list We’re entering our final week of voting, and there are three spots left on the list to decide. I know I said I closed testers, but there was some good discussion about Greg Harris. I thought he had to be on the poll. No more players, for real this time. C Chris Betts (L/R, 6'2 215, 20 in 2017) 2016 statistics with Gulf Coast League Rays and short-season Hudson Valley: 145 PA, .179/.345/.250, 6 2B, 18.6 BB%, 24.8 K% After Tommy John surgery delayed his pro debut by a year, Betts took to the field in 2016...
DRaysBay Feb 19, 2017
Rays 2017 Top Prospects by Position: Third Base

Rays 2017 Top Prospects by Position: Third Base

The Rays system is full of talent for an eventual post-Longoria era at the hot corner Let’s start this rankings list by acknowledging how successfully the Rays filled the hot corner over the past near-decade. Selected 3rd overall in 2006, Evan Longoria made his MLB debut in 2008 and immediately emerged as an elite third baseman. Since then, he’s had 5474 PA, hitting 241 home runs and 1311 hits overall. Although third base is a stacked position across the league, note that Longoria, since his debut, leads all 3B with the highest WAR (47.1). A close second is Adrian Beltre (46.1), before...
DRaysBay Feb 17, 2017
AskDRB: I’ll trade you a Brick and a Wood for one Wieters

AskDRB: I’ll trade you a Brick and a Wood for one Wieters

Where Settler’s of Catan and Baseball combine! AskDRB Live Q&A! If you have a burning question about the Rays, post in the comments to get it read and answered live! Make sure to follow DRaysBay on Twitter @draysbay and Darby: @darby_robinsonОпубліковано DRaysBay 17 лютого 2017 р. Qs: Are the Rays seriously in on Matt Wieters? Is the interest in Wieters a sign that Wilson Ramos’ injury more serious than we think? Should the Rays hold steady on their price for Wieters, or should they bid higher to try and secure his signing? Could Neil Wagner be a factor in...
DRaysBay Feb 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Best bad ball hitter in baseball?

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Best bad ball hitter in baseball?

Is it Corey Dickerson? Baseball is coming. It’s on the horizon, so close it’s almost here. Can’t you feel it? Just look at this tweet from the Rays! Good morning! #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/5Qz2IscuXY— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 16, 2017 That’s a clean base. The Rays Radio roundup from yesterday has audio from Kevin Kiermaier, talking about goals. Lots of goals, but he wants to stay healthy and get on base. You can find their day 3 logs here. Links Matthew Trueblood analyzed Corey Dickerson, and found him to be very weird. Dave Cameron ranked his top 10 Best...
DRaysBay Feb 17, 2017
2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 27

2017 DRaysBay Community Prospect No. 27

Brett Sullivan narrowly reaches the list after losing a runoff After losing our first runoff, Jacob Faria cruised to an easy victory in the very next vote. Brett Sullivan barely avoided his second straight runoff this time. At this point in the voting, decisive victories are rare. Had there been a runoff, it would have been a vote between three players, which I don’t recall ever happening before. In lieu of testers, I’d like some additional discussion about what we should do after the top 30 is complete. Normally, I add up all the remaining votes received to form a supplemental ranking...

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