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DRaysBay 7 hours ago

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 10 hours ago

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 13 hours ago

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 […]
DRaysBay 19 hours ago
Rays vs. Yankees, game 2 recap: Rays prove it's still possible to win

Rays vs. Yankees, game 2 recap: Rays prove it's still possible to win

The bullpen and the bats overcome an early horror show. The Bad For the first three and a half innings, it really seemed like this was going to be just another lost game in a soon-to-be-lost season, where nothing went right for the Rays and everything went wrong. In the bottom of the first inning, Ben Zobrist hit the ball reasonably hard the other way but Brett Gardner was able to run it down on the warning track. Next, Matt Joyce smacked a grounder very hard and up the middle, but of course Derek Jeter was shifted that way, and he barely had to move on what would have been a sure hit just...
Rays Index 21 hours ago

Fan Falls Onto Field With The Most Amazing Faceplant

This fan does appear to be wearing a Rays visor backwards, but he has to be a Yankees fan, right? He is wearing a Cowboys t-shirt. He is probably also wearing Duke boxers and will go home and sleep in his Miami Heat underoos. © The Professor for Rays Index, […]
DRaysBay Apr 19, 2014

Rays Down On The Farm: April 19

A recap of the minor league action. Triple-A Durham Bulls (12-4) It's been a rough start to the year for Nathan Karns, but he registered a dominant start that led to a 3-0 Bull's victory. Karns went seven scoreless innings, the only blemishes being two singles and a walk. He struck out nine batters and three 66 of his 96 pitches for strikes. Adam Liberatore and Jeff Beliveau both pitches scoreless innings, each notching two strikeouts. As has been the case most of the year, Jerry Sands was the dominant force in the lineup, reaching base three times. Wilson Betemit and Mike Fontenot picked...
DRaysBay Apr 19, 2014

Delayed reaction thread: Take that, outrageous fortune!

Woot. Is it ridiculous to post a reaction thread at 2:00 in the morning? Source: FanGraphs No, because I just finished watching, and I assume all you real-time folks have just finished watching for a second time. Watching twice is the appropriate reaction to a game this satisfying. Full recap will be up in the morning.
DRaysBay Apr 18, 2014

Some notes on Wil Myers's struggles

There's no denying Wil Myers is struggling so far this season The Rays' offense is off to a very slow start in 2014, so far scoring only 47 runs in 16 games. Young right fielder Wil Myers has not been helping the cause, as he has yet to homer and his batting average has dropped below .200. In my season preview about Wil Myers, I highlighted his greatest strength: hitting the ball really hard. The Rays can live with his high strikeout rate as long as he produces. In order to produce, Myers is going to have to start making better contact. ...
Rays Index Apr 18, 2014

Tailgating Game 17: Rays (7-9) Vs Yankees (10-6)

Playing A Little Pepper… The Rays have dropped to 9th in the Power Rankings, but still have a 47.2% chance of making the playoffs…Erik Bedard will make his first start of the season for the Rays. He is also the seventh starting pitcher used by the Rays already…Matt Joyce is […]
DRaysBay Apr 18, 2014
Series six: Yankes at Rays

Series six: Yankes at Rays

Dome, sweet dome. The Rays will return home after a tough road trip where they went 3-5 to host the 9-6 AL East leading Yankees. Word on the street is that they're going to sweep the Rays (seriously, I just asked a hot-dog vendor (I did not buy a hot dog)). 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 projections. The grey line is at an average wOBA. These projections are...
DRaysBay Apr 18, 2014
The Rays Tank: About Last Night…

The Rays Tank: About Last Night…

Rays fall to the Yankees 10-2 in game one of the four game series. Last night was a disaster, to put it kindly. It was the one game of the series that the Rays should have won. They had their ace on the mound, and all day yesterday everyone went on and on about how terrible CC Sabathia has been historically against the Rays. Well, Sabathia was not terrible last night. The Rays defense was less than spectacular, the pitching allowed the Yankees to score in six separate innings and collect nine extra base hits, and every time the offense had runners in scoring position, the bats fell...
Rays Index Apr 18, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing A Big Crowd, A Weak Defense, And A Triple-Play

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Yankees 10, RAYS 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Big Crowd. Attendance was 28,085. That’s a huge number for a weeknight. Last year, the largest crowd for a […]
DRaysBay Apr 18, 2014

Rays down on the farm April 18: Kelly continues strong start

Durham got back in the win column and didn't need a backup catcher to pitch Richie Shaffer hit his third home run of the season. It took until the 12th game last year for him to hit his first home run. Triple-A Durham Bulls (11-4) Merrill Kelly's strong season continued in Durham's 3-2 win over Norfolk. Making his second start since injuries reshuffled the Rays and Bulls, Kelly settled in after a rough second inning to dominate the Tides. In that inning, a two run single by Alexi Casilla tied the game at two, but in his remaining four innings, Kelly would face just the minimum and...
River Ave. Blues Apr 18, 2014

Sabathia, Solarte lead 10-2 attack against the Rays

Mike had some dental work done earlier today, and the rest of my day was busier than expected. We dropped the ball on the game thread, but it seemed to be a good luck charm for CC and the Yanks. The erstwhile ace won in Tampa Bay for the first time since 2010, and the […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogSabathia, Solarte lead 10-2 attack against the Rays The post Sabathia, Solarte lead 10-2 attack against the Rays appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
DRaysBay Apr 17, 2014
Game Recap: Yankees 10, Rays 2

Game Recap: Yankees 10, Rays 2

The horrors continue. On paper, this one looked like must-see baseball. David Price vs CC Sabathia.  A marquee pitching matchup between two AL East rivals and a much-needed homecoming for the Rays after a rough road trip. Yet, for those who have watched this year’s Devil Rays baseball team, not to mention this year’s CC, this one went exactly as expected.  The scoring struggles continued against another soft-tossing lefty, and the Devil Rays pitching allowed them to cruise to another disheartening loss.  This is starting to get old.  Let’s take a quick run through tonight’s...
Rays Index Apr 17, 2014

Rays Ground Into Triple-Play

Sean Rodriguez hit into a triple-play against the Yankees tonight. Here is the play. © The Professor for Rays Index, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post tags:
DRaysBay Apr 17, 2014
Pitcher preview: CC Sabathia

Pitcher preview: CC Sabathia

When does he lose "ace" status? All Rays fans will by now be familiar with CC Sabathia's stuff. The movement chart looks much the same as it has in previous seasons -- four-seam, sinker, changeup, slider. via pitchfx.texasleaguers.com You would have to be living under a rock, though, to think that Sabathia is actually the same pitcher he's been in the past. The big lefty has lost his oomph. Less famously, but also probably of some import, Sabathia's slider has shown less drop to it than it had in previous years. The result has been a lot of home runs. A full 38.5% of the fly balls that...
Rays Index Apr 17, 2014

Tailgating Game 16: Rays (7-8) At Yankees (9-6)

Playing A Little Pepper… The Yankees have won 4 straight and now lead the AL East by a half-game. The Rays are 2 games back. The Yankees are 6-4 versus the East and the Rays are 2-4…The Rays will face CC Sabathia tonight. They are just 1-4 versus left-handed starters […]
DRaysBay Apr 17, 2014

Series preview: Rays vs. Yankees

Dome, sweet dome. The Rays will return home after a tough road trip where they went 3-5 to host the 9-6 AL East leading Yankees. Word on the street is that they're going to sweep the Rays (seriously, I just asked a hot-dog vendor (I did not buy a hot dog)). 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 projections. The grey line is at an average wOBA. These projections...
Rays Index Apr 17, 2014

The Rays’ Offense Sucks In Video Games Also

Earlier this morning we pointed out just how bad the Rays’ offense has been over the last nine games. Their offense is so bad right now that it even sucks in the trailer for MLB 14: The Show, for Playstation 4. In one of the trailers for the latest installment […]

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