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DRaysBay 19 hours ago

The Ray Stank: Describe the 2014 Tampa Bay Rays Season with a Movie Title

A fun activity to kick off the offseason. You will find this activity to be very fun. As there was no Tank posted this morning, I have decided to swoop in and save the day with a fun, possibly hilarious activity. As mentioned in the description, please describe the 2014 Rays season with a movie title. Recs will be counted as votes towards a winner. The winner of this fun activity and contest will be the proud first owner of the 2014 DRaysBay Writer Wives & Girlfriends Swimsuit Calendar. This provocative calendar will be released to our loyal readers later on this fall, but the winner of...
Rays Index 22 hours ago

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Some Random Notes On The 2014 Rays

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Cleveland 7, RAYS 2 (boxscore) The Rays finish their season at 77-85 in 4th place in the AL East, 11 games behind the Orioles and 6 […]
DRaysBay Sep 28, 2014

Indians top Rays 7-2 in season finale

At least the Red Sox were worse The Tampa Bay Rays finished a disappointing 2014 in disappointing fashion, falling to the Cleveland Indians 7-2 Sunday afternoon at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Rays fell to 77-85 on the season with Alex Cobb on the mound. Cobb allowed ten hits, including two home runs in the second inning. TJ House got the start for Cleveland, lasting only 49 pitches but proved efficient, limiting the Rays to one run in five innings and receiving credit for a win for his effort. The Rays scored first on a Sean Rodriguez home run in the top of the second inning, his...
DRaysBay Sep 27, 2014

Rays 2 Indians 0 - A Message from Alex Colome

Colome makes his case for next season's rotation with a complete dismantling of the Cleveland offense. Um... yeah, hi. All of you penciling Jeremy Hellickson in as the 5th starter next season until Matt Moore comes back from TJ surgery? Thinking you'll just stash me in the bullpen since I'm out of options? Yeah,this one was for you. All of you concerned about my command? Maybe my control? How did 7 scoreless innings, 6 K's to just 1 walk and 4 hits grab you? How'd you like me not allowing a single lead off hitter to reach base in any of the 7 innings I so expertly tossed? How'd you like my...
DRaysBay Sep 26, 2014
Rays vs. Indians, game 1 recap: Klubered to death

Rays vs. Indians, game 1 recap: Klubered to death

There will be no strikeout title for the 2014 Rays. I sometimes worry about how folks in Tampa Bay regard Chris Archer. He's a really good player who is very obviously flawed. He's a major league starter with only two major league pitches. Now of course, those two pitches -- a slider and a fastball -- can rival the best pitches thrown by anyone in baseball. Also of course, it's the results that matter, and Archer's results this season have been swell: 3.42 ERA, 3.36 FIP, 3.70 xFIP. But the first thing almost any plugged-in fan says about Archer is, "He'd be so good if he could just learn to...
Rays Index Sep 26, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Another Loss And The Emergence Of Willy Adames

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Red Sox 11, RAYS 1 (boxscore) No GBT today. THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA… The other guy in the David Price trade, Willy Adames, impressed after the […]
DRaysBay Sep 25, 2014

Red Sox 11, Rays 1: Waiting...

Nothing to see here, move along... Tonight kind of sucked, so permit me to present a recap that is free of much of the level-headed and well-thought-out statistical analysis you've come to expect (and, frankly, deserve) from DRaysBay. We've finally wrapped up the season series with the Sox, and I'll tell you what, even a meaningless game between 2 disappointing AL East rivals can feel intense when it's your hated rivals. And let's get something straight: the Red Sox are the true rivals of the Tampa Bay Rays. It's not even a question in my mind. Sure, transplant Yankees fans pack the Trop...
Rays Index Sep 25, 2014

Tailgating Game 159

Playing A Little Pepper… Acording to Marc Topkin, Dave Martinez says he has not been contacted by the Astros. This conflicts with a report by Ken Rosenthal saying the Astros have called Martinez. This could be a matter of semantics as it is possible the Astros simply called Martinez’ agent […]
Rays Index Sep 25, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Another Ugly Injury And Trading Jeremy Hellickson

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Red Sox 11, RAYS 3 (boxscore) THE GOOD: One game closer. to the end. THE BAD: Giving Up? For the most part the Rays have continued […]
DRaysBay Sep 25, 2014

The Rays Tank: No .500 season

2008-2013, miss you guys. The Rays lost last night, confirming their first losing season since 2007. *** In other news, the Dodgers and Giants had one helluva game with some pretty spectacular plays. First Clayton Kershaw decided to do a this: And then a this: Your browser does not support iframes. Then Yasiel Puig did this: THOSE were still fun. And for your reading pleasure: great piece from Eno Sarris on Fangraphs chatting with Brandon Moss (and Adam Dunn) on the anatomy of a slump. Moss, and I quote, "loves Baseball Reference and FanGraphs." So whose bandwagon is everyone jumping on...
DRaysBay Sep 24, 2014

Rays 3, Red Sox 11: Odorizzi, Bullpen Falter Against Sox

Jake Odorizzi's road woes continued Jake Odorizzi's road struggles continued tonight as the Rays got trounced by the Red Sox by a final score of 11-2. His home and road splits are striking. These are his numbers coming into tonight. Home: 2.62 ERA, .194/.263/.279 slash line Road: 6.06 ERA, .287/.354/.515 slash line. So, yeah, those road numbers are going to increase after his 3IP, 7H, 5ER performance. His command clearly wasn't there tonight, consistently missing his spots despite getting a decent amount of swinging strikes. The only inning he looked remotely comfortable in was the third,...
Rays Index Sep 24, 2014

Tailgating Game 158: Dave Martinez Spoke With Astros About Managerial Position

Playing A Little Pepper… Dave Martinez has taken the first step towards becoming the next manager of the Houston Astros. He is one of at least five candidates the Astros have spoken with on the phone according to Ken Rosenthal. I recently explained why Martinez should be a heavy favorite […]
Over the Monster Sep 24, 2014

Red Sox vs. Rays: Xander Bogaerts back in action

Xander Bogaerts is back in the lineup Thursday night against the Rays. Xander Bogaerts' brief neck-related absence is over. The Red Sox' young shortstop will bat second Wednesday night as they try to rebound from a disappointing late-inning loss against the Tampa Bay Rays. Today's Lineups TAMPA BAY RAYS BOSTON RED SOX Ben Zobrist - DH Mookie Betts - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF Xander Bogaerts - SS Evan Longoria - 3B Daniel Nava - RF Wil Myers - RF Yoenis Cespedes - DH Nick Franklin - 2B Allen Craig - 1B Logan Forsythe - SS Garin Cecchini - 3B Brandon Guyer - LF Rusney...
Rays Index Sep 24, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Alex Cobb’s Arm, Wil Myers’ Glove, And Bad Catching

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 6, Red Sox 2 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Alex Cobb. Pitchers are not always going to have their best stuff and the good pitchers will still […]
DRaysBay Sep 24, 2014
Rays Tank: The penultimate game of the penultimate series

Rays Tank: The penultimate game of the penultimate series

Because everything deserves to be memorialized. Yesterday, the Rays turned a missed two-out catch into five runs, and secured the season series against the Red Sox. They did lose Yunel Escobar for the rest of the season, however, to a sprained knee. Said Maddon: "You probably won't see him the rest of the season, honestly,'' manager Joe Maddon said. "I think it's severe enough that even during the (bulk of the) regular season he would not play the rest of this week.'' It's a shame for Escobar, who was finishing the year strong, and had raised his season-total wRC+ to a respectable...
DRaysBay Sep 23, 2014

Rays vs. Red Sox, game 1 recap: Rays win game

But lose double play competition. All seven inning, one run performances are not created equal. Seeing that line, and knowing who was pitching, one might expect that this was a sharp performance from Alex Cobb, but it wasn't anything like what we've come to expect from the Rays' ace. At the start, Alex Cobb struggled with his command. He worked himself into a 3-0 count against the leadoff batter, Mookie Betts, before recording the out on a popup, and he then walked the punch-less Jemile Weeks, and started David Ortiz off with two strikes. His third pitch was a fastball in the zone that...
Rays Index Sep 23, 2014

Tailgating Game 156: A Rare Meaningless Game Against The Red Sox

Playing A Little Pepper… The Rays begin a 3-game series in Fenway Park tonight. This is the first series between the two teams since 2006 in which both teams were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. The Yankees are not yet eliminated but could be as early as tomorrow. When that […]
DRaysBay Sep 23, 2014

The enigmatic Brandon Gomes

And his two short 2014 seasons. I maintain, despite some amount of evidence to the contrary, that Brandon Gomes will become a very good relief pitcher. At 29, he's no longer a prospect, but injuries and occasional ineffectiveness have seriously limited his playing time. Here is Gomes's career to date. Year IP K% B% ERA xFIP 2011 37 20.0% 10.0% 2.92 4.51 2012 17.2 18.1% 14.5% 5.09 5.52 2013 19.1 34.9% 8.4% 6.52 3.18 2014 32.1 18.0% 7.0% 3.34 4.27 Total 106.1 21.8% 9.7% 4.06 4.36 So, what's special about a reliever with a career 4.36 xFIP? That's a valid question, but...
DRaysBay Sep 23, 2014

Correction: Grant Balfour's fastball is straight

Yesterday, I commented on an interview with Andrew Friedman, and checked the facts of a few of the assertions he made. One of those assertions was that Grant Balfour still has the characteristics that made him successful. To evaluate that statement, I presented this graph, from Baseball Heat Maps, showing the changes in Balfour's horizontal fastball movement over time. Unfortunately, I made an error reading this graph that was not only incorrect, but also completely opposite to the truth, and very misleading. Much thanks to community member SagehenMacGyver47 who alertly pointed out the...
DRaysBay Sep 23, 2014
The Rays Tank: Final Off Day

The Rays Tank: Final Off Day

Is it 2015 yet? Final road trip...final off day...final series against the Red Sox that is entirely meaningless...this shit is getting depressing. MAKE IT STOP. But then it'll be all over and we'll be forced into a cold lonely dark winter sans baseball... So bittersweet. A wee bit unexpectedly torn up over here. If you want to recap the season, here it is, courtesy of Andrew Friedman, Todd Kalas, and Ian. Go Rays. Links: - MLB has decided baseball games need to be faster, so there's a committee meeting to brainstorm ideas...on how to make them faster. #rocketscience - Baseball, in 24...

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