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DRaysBay 2 hours ago
Series seven: Twins at Rays

Series seven: Twins at Rays

Joe Mauer comes to town. The 9-10 Tampa Bay Rays will welcome the 9-9 Minnesota Twins to The Trop for a three-game series. The Twins offense is off to a hot start this season, with a 112 wRC+, the third highest in baseball. Their pitching has not backed the offense up, however, posting the worst xFIP in the majors at 4.59. Here is an interactive graph of batter-pitcher matchup projections for every game of the series. The matchup projections come from a tool I made with Jason Hanselman (Dock of the Rays) that incorporates Bojan Koprivica's research on regressing platoon splits and ZiPS...
DRaysBay 2 hours ago
Rays vs. Twins, game one recap: Rays baseball the way it should be

Rays vs. Twins, game one recap: Rays baseball the way it should be

David Price pitched a gem, and the Rays bats worked over the young ground-baller. Of course credit goes to the players on the field, but there are games where we should also give a nod to the coaches and players in the meeting rooms, and at the video-study monitors. We all knew going in to the game that Kyle Gibson was going to work the bottom and the outside of the zone, and that the trick would be to force him to come in over the plate rather than staying off it. But it's one thing to know that and quite another to work your plan on the diamond. Today, the Rays lineup worked their plan to...
Rays Index 6 hours ago

David Price Took A Line Drive Right Off The Groin

David Price had the closest of close calls tonight when he took a Joe Mauer line drive off the groin. Luckily for Price, he was wearing a cup. Here is the hit, which came one pitch after Price gave up a home run. Here is another angle. If there was […]
Rays Index 10 hours ago

Tailgating Game 20: Rays (9-10) Vs Twins (9-9)

Playing A Little Pepper… Juan Carlos Oviedo was activated from the DL after he arrived late to camp because of visa issues. Oviedo has not pitched in a regular season game since 2011…Hak-Ju Lee was activated from the triple-A disabled list…Kyle Gibson is on the mound tonight for the Twins. […]
DRaysBay 11 hours ago
Brightest Rays of the Week: April 15 - April 21

Brightest Rays of the Week: April 15 - April 21

Which Tampa Bay Rays players had the best performances of this past week? The Tampa Bay Rays finished the week out with a 2-3 record, but there was some glimmer of hope in the form of a 27-run outburst over the weekend against the Yankees. Other than the Friday and Saturday night games, the Rays scored a mere three runs in the three other games combined. The pitching staff also looked out of sorts at times. David Price had an uncharacteristically poor outing against the Yankees, giving up six earned runs in five innings, and the bullpen allowed four runs in extra innings in the Yankees'...
DRaysBay 14 hours ago

Pitcher preview: Kyle Gibson

A groundball machine. This isn't actually the first time the Rays have faced Kyle Gibson (they got to him for four runs off four hits and four walks last July), but the 26 year old is till new to the league. Gibson, a college pitcher out of the University of Missouri, missed much of the 2012 season with Tommy John Surgery, but has recovered well and pitched himself into the Twins rotation this Spring. He has yet to accumulate strikeoutsat the major league level, but given his minor league record and the quality of his stuff, it would be wishful thinking to decide that a 12% strikeout rate...
DRaysBay 17 hours ago

Q&A: John Sickels on key Rays prospects

John Sickels, who runs the SB Nation site Minor League Ball, recently completed his survey of the Top 20 prospects for 2014 by organization, while in the midst of recovery from a severe concussion (read his descriptions of living with a concussion here). We followed up with a few questions regarding some key players in the organization. Below are his thoughts. *** DRaysBay: On two pitchers projected to land in the back of the Rays rotation: Jake Odorizzi is often described as "athletic", while the newly acquired Matt Andriese is often described as "physical" - could you help clarify the...
DRaysBay 18 hours ago

Help wanted: Multimedia Coordinator

Inquire within. What makes a person a baseball fan? Some people say it's watching baseball on TV. Others believe fandom means criticizing the players incessantly when they lose. A small number of people even think being a fan means actually going to games. I think they're all wrong. Being a baseball fan is about watching Shane Victorino fall down over, and over, and over again. via assets.sbnation.com That's why I'd like to "hire" a multimedia coordinator for DRaysBay. Your responsibilities would include: Watch most of the games. Create, in something approaching real-time, animated gifs...
DRaysBay 18 hours ago

The Rays Tank: Tommy John Day for Moore

In happier news, the Rays open up a three-game homestand today against the Twins. What did we learn on yesterday's off day? That Tampa Bay is a baseball body of water. *** Best wishes to Matt Moore, who will have his season-ending Tommy John surgery today in Pensacola, becoming the 13th pitcher to undergo the surgery this season already. The Rays have basked in the good graces of the pitching gods up until this year, as injuries have miraculously avoided the staff. Andrew Friedman isn't alarmed, or surprised, "No, I think if you look over the history of the game, pitcher injuries are...
DRaysBay 20 hours ago

Rays down on the farm April 22: Bowling Green ends long slide

After starting the season 2-0, Bowling Green finally picked up win number three The organization picked up a couple extra inning wins Monday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (14-5) Durham's offense provided a late run in their 10 inning 6-5 win over Norfolk. In the 10th, Mikie Mahtook led off with a single, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Mike Fontenot, stole third base and came home to score on a two out single by Robby Price. Price was then thrown out at home plate on a Justin Christian double. It was one of three doubles on the afternoon for Christian, and he teamed up with Ray Olmedo and...
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2014
Tampa Bay is a baseball town

Tampa Bay is a baseball town

And here's the data to prove it. While attendance is, as always, a topic of conversation for the Rays this season (21,869 per game, according to Tampa Bay Baseball Market), I don't think there's anyone here who would contend that the Ray aren't popular within the Tampa Bay area. Andrew Powell-Morse just published on some interesting and nicely-visualized data that helps back that up. Powell-Morse looked at Google search statistics, and categorized athletes by the number of times they were searched for each month globally, their team, their league, their position, and their state of...
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2014
The Rays Tank: Oviedo called up

The Rays Tank: Oviedo called up

Riefenhauser sent back down. The Rays will have a much-needed off day after losing in extra innings yesterday afternoon to split the four-game series with the Yankees. Cesar Ramos pitched well for five innings, but the back end of the bullpen gave up the game in the twelfth. Not long ago, Ramos was the back end of the bullpen, so I have trouble getting too worked up over this one. Following the game, C.J Riefenhouser was sent back to Durham, and is being replaced with Juan Carlos Oviedo. If he's able to pitch to his former ability, Oviedo will be a major upgrade to the 'pen. Tomorrow, the...
Rays Index Apr 21, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing An Extra-Inning Loss, A Series Split, Joe Maddon Throwing Shade

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Yankees 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Bullpen. Yes, there was an implosion in the 12th inning. But let’s take a moment to praise what came […]
DRaysBay Apr 21, 2014
Rays down on the farm April 21: Shaffer goes deep again

Rays down on the farm April 21: Shaffer goes deep again

For some reason, Richie Shaffer also has two triples Pretty light schedule on the holiday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (13-5) Enny Romero couldn't avoid the big inning in Durham's 6-3 loss to Norfolk. He was fine through five innings, only allowing a run on five baserunners, but after Jerry Sands' fifth home run of the year tied the game in the sixth, the wheels came off with two outs in the bottom half of the inning. With a man on third, Romero allowed back to back singles, and after a passed ball by Ali Solis extended Norfolk's lead, Romero allowed a two run homer to David Adams that blew...
River Ave. Blues Apr 20, 2014

Yankees escape Tampa with a split after 5-1 win over Rays in 12 innings

Source: FanGraphs After the way things went down on Friday and Saturday, it feels like a minor miracle that the Yankees escaped this four-game series with a split. They needed 12 innings and five (really six counting Vidal Nuno) relievers to beat the Rays 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. The good news is that the Yankees […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogYankees escape Tampa with a split after 5-1 win over Rays in 12 innings The post Yankees escape Tampa with a split after 5-1 win over Rays in 12 innings appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
DRaysBay Apr 20, 2014

Rays vs. Yankees, game four "recap:" Easter edition

Ramos threw well, but I'm not going to be around to write up the rest of the game, so I'm scheduling this during the eighth inning. But Mary stood without at The Trop weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into The Trop, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of the starting pitcher had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my starting pitchers, and I know not where they have laid them. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and...
DRaysBay Apr 20, 2014

Rays Down On The Farm: April 20

A recap of the minor league action. Happy Easter! Happy Easter everyone! There were some strong performances on the farm yesterday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (13-4) After Nate Karns' dominant outing on Friday, Matt Andriese made every effort to match his performance in the Bulls' 2-1 victory. In seven innings, he allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. However, he didn't pick up the win, as the offense only produced one run through the first nine innings. The Bulls broke the 1-1 tie in the 11th inning on a hit by Mahtook, and Kirby Yates picked up a save. Double-A...
DRaysBay Apr 19, 2014

Rays destroy Yankees 16-1

Hanigan, Myers and Longoria (14 RBIs) led the offense in a rout of the Yankees Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan homered twice apiece as the Rays beat the Yankees 16-1 behind an offensive outburst and solid pitching from Chris Archer Saturday night at Tropicana Field. Archer got the win while Ivan Nova, who gave up eight earned runs and left in the fifth inning with what was reported as elbow soreness, was charged with the loss. Myers got the Rays' offense started early with a solo shot to left, his first homerun of the 2014, on a hanging curveball from Nova in the second inning. Hanigan began his...
Rays Index Apr 19, 2014

Evan Longoria Murdered A Baseball To Set Rays Home Run Record

The Rays are all over Ivan Nova tonight hitting three home runs in the first three innings. The third came off the bat of Evan Longoria, his 164th career home run, breaking Carlos Pena’s franchise record. And oh boy, did he absolutely kill the baseball (if GFY is not working, there […]
Rays Index Apr 19, 2014

Tailgating Game 18: Rays (8-9) Vs Yankees (10-7)

Playing A Little Pepper… After last night’s game, Brad Boxberger was sent back to Durham and lefty CJ Riefenhauser was called up. Boxberger pitched 2 huge innings last night and may have been the biggest factor in the Rays’ comeback. The demotion was probably more about him pitching 3 innings in […]

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