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DRaysBay 2 hours ago

Rays down on the farm August 23: Hot Rods offense breaks out in win

A four run third inning helped get Bowling Green out of a long slump With Drew Smyly's recent success, it's a nice time to check on Willy Adames' and Nick Franklin's starts in the organization. In 65 at-bats with Bowling Green, Adames has a .750 OPS with a 15.2% walk rate and 25.3% strikeout rate.  Compared to his time with West Michigan, he's walking a lot more and striking out a little more, and his OPS is a little short of his .774 mark with the Whitecaps. Franklin's transition hasn't been as smooth.  He owns a .590 OPS with an 8.0% walk rate and 26.7% strikeout rate.  Of course, the...
DRaysBay 11 hours ago
Rays vs. Jays, game 1 recap: Smylys all around

Rays vs. Jays, game 1 recap: Smylys all around

All night long. Before coming to the Rays, he had never recorded an out in the eighth inning. Two starts ago he set his own major league career record by finishing seven and two thirds, and now Smyly's bested that with a complete game shutout in which he only allowed two hits, both singles, while walking no one. His four strikeouts don't sound overpowering, but I think that underplays just how off-balance he had the Blue Jays tonight. He spotted his fastball both at the top and at the bottom of the zone. When it was up, it almost always resulted in a lazy fly ball. Meanwhile, his curve ball...
Rays Index 17 hours ago

Tailgating Game 128: Yesterday’s Win Was Very Weird

Playing A Little Pepper… Some weird facts about yesterday’s game: The Rays became the first team since 1906 to win a game with fewer than 2 hits and have no walks or home runs. It was also the first win in the team history in which they had just 1 […]
Rays Index Aug 22, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing Alex Cobb’s Best, Joe Maddon’s Big Move, And

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 1, Tigers 0 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Alex Cobb’s changeup in the 7th inning. Cobb was sensational, striking out 6 and allowing just 2 hits in […]
DRaysBay Aug 22, 2014

Rays Tank: Price in the Trop

Framing in the MVP discussion. Yesterday, David Price was back in the Trop, and the Tropicana faithful gave him a warm welcome. Your browser does not support iframes. He said he was going to try not to smile, and I think he mostly succeeded. Good job, David. He also succeeded in pitching a complete game while allowing only one hit and no walks. Ridiculously, that one hit followed an error, and resulted in the only run the Rays needed. Alex Cobb made sure of that. Your browser does not support iframes. Links: In an ode to this famous article, Dave Cameron struggles with the Jonathan Lucroy...
DRaysBay Aug 22, 2014

Rays down on the farm August 22: Hot Rods shut out again 2: Electric Boogaloo

27 innings and counting for Bowling Green I realized that I neglected to mention Andrew Toles returning to the field with the GCL Rays this week.  In two games, he's 0/7 with four strikeouts.  He missed a lot of time, and it's going to take some more of that to get back on track. If the baseball rumor folks are to be believed, the A's offered Addison Russell for David Price earlier in trade season before they sent him to the Cubs.  He just completed a series against Montgomery where he went 7/24 with three doubles and three home runs. Triple-A Durham Bulls (68-64) Durham was a pitch...
Bless You Boys Aug 21, 2014

Rays 1, Tigers 0: David Price tosses one-hit gem against former team but handed tough loss

David Price was brilliant against the Rays, pitching seven shutout innings to hold 23 Rays hitless. However, the Tigers offense was not able to string together key hits and were shutout, unable to sweep the Rays. In a pitcher's duel, one defensive error can be the difference between a win and a loss. The Tigers learned that the hard way as they were shutout 1-0 in the final game of a three-game series against the Rays. Eugenio Suarez cost the Tigers what would end up being the game-winning run for the Rays, but it was the ultimately the untimely hitting that handed Price a tough-luck...
DRaysBay Aug 21, 2014

Rays 1, Tigers 0: Rays get one hit, win game

The Rays score an unearned run in the first inning. Game over. So here's the thing. Often, when I write a postgame recap, I like to split it up into 3 three-inning sections. I usually write the recap as I watch the game, because I overreact to things, and I want whatever I say to reflect my egregious overreaction to some bad call or Longo warning-track fly ball. Then I'll throw in some quip that I think is way more clever than it actually is, make some fake Maddon tweet I made in Microsoft Paint, and barf it up onto the internet. It's my strategy and I'm sticking to it. But this game. This...
DRaysBay Aug 21, 2014

Rays to Montreal? "Smart chronicler" says yes

Lynn G. Henning, a writer for The Detroit News, reported at the beginning of this series that she'd had an in-depth conversation with a presumably knowledgeable source that the Rays are on their way to Montreal. This is a standard rumor for the Rays franchise. Complications of baseball's worst attendance and most chastised stadium, combined with two very limiting contracts in the lease on Tropicana Field and minimal television revenue, have made this a routine conversation. Purporting an actual source, however, is a new development. Pre-game conversation with a smart chronicler of the...
Rays Index Aug 21, 2014

Somebody Thinks The Rays Are Moving To Montreal

Lynn G. Henning, a writer who covers the Detroit Tigers had a conversation with somebody prior to the first game of this series against the Rays. That person thinks the Rays have already closed the door on the Tampa Bay area and will eventually move to Montreal. Pre-game conversation with […]
Rays Index Aug 21, 2014

Tailgating Game 127: A Unique Ballpark Proposal?

Playing A Little Pepper… David Price will start for the Tigers today…David DeJesus played a rehab game with Charlotte last night and went 1-4 as the DH. Ryan Hanigan will start his rehab assignment tomorrow, also with Charlotte…Tomorrow the Rays will start a stretch of 26 straight games against the […]
Rays Index Aug 21, 2014

[THE HANGOVER] Discussing The Death Of The 2014 Season

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Tigers 6, RAYS 0 (boxscore) THE GOOD: Broadcasting from the Porch. Sun Sports should do this more often. THE BAD: Too many games and too many teams. […]
DRaysBay Aug 21, 2014

The Rays Tank: Return of the King

This afternoon, David Price returns to reclaim his throne, taking the hill against the now-staff-ace Alex Cobb. Paperview in your living room. Except you're at work. It's probably for the best. The Rays playoff odds have dipped to 1.5% with last night's loss, and the devastating likelihood will be the hammer from David Price to give Detroit their much needed series sweep to keep pace in their own division. It's fitting this is how the season would end. The Rays need a win, and probably need to sweep the Blue Jays this weekend to keep the conversation meaningful. Here, you're going to need...
DRaysBay Aug 21, 2014

Rays down on the farm August 21: Bowling Green shut out again

The Bowling Green Ford Pintos have just four hits in their last two games Offense was pretty light throughout the system Wednesday.  Six affiliates combined for only 10 runs, but they still managed to win a couple games.  Tyler Goeddel's home run was the biggest hit of the day. Matt Andriese is another Durham starter looking to finish the season strong.  Last night's start was good, but he still hasn't thrown a quality start in over a month.  I'm not sure why he exited after five innings with only 88 pitches, but nevertheless, even if it doesn't fit the textbook definition of a QS, it's...
DRaysBay Aug 20, 2014

DET 6, TB 0: Rick Porcello complete game shutout stymies Rays

Rick Porcello sifted the Rays lineup well, allowing just one hit through the first 21 outs. The single was a pitch low and away that Zobrist reached for and kept fair up the left field line. I'm glad he did, because the Rays would have otherwise been on alert for a no-hitter. Fortunately, Jake Odorizzi hadn't left his A-game in tonight's start in the clubhouse and could have given the Rays a chance. Could have. Despite striking out two in the first inning, Hodor did allow an earned run in the first. Miguel Cabrera hit a tapper up the middle that rolled into center field, and Victor Martinez...
Rays Index Aug 20, 2014

Tailgating Game 126: Wil Myers Has Been Activated

Playing A Little Pepper… Wil Myers has been activated from the disabled list and is in the lineup tonight as the DH. To make room on the roster, Vince Belnome was demoted to Durham and Jerry Sands was moved to the 60-day DL (Myers was on the 60-day DL, so […]
DRaysBay Aug 20, 2014
Wil Myers activated from Disabled List

Wil Myers activated from Disabled List

Batting 6th tonight. The Rays have activated 2013 Rookie of the Year WIl Myers from the Disabled List and his Triple-A Durham rehab assignment. Myers has been on the disabled list since May 31 with a right-wrist fracture, suffered in an outfield collision with Desmond Jennings in Fenway Park. He returns to give the Rays a shot in the arm at the right time, because his power and confidence are back. Your browser does not support iframes. Myers will slot in at DH this evening, batting sixth in the line up. #Rays lineup: Jennings cf, Zobrist 2b, Joyce LF, Longoria 3b, Loney 1b, Myers DH,...
Rays Index Aug 20, 2014

Grant Balfour Sarcastically Tipped His Cap To Rays Fans Booing His Latest Disaster

It might be time for the Rays to give Grant Balfour an extended vacation on the disabled list with a sore left attitude. During the 11th inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the Tigers, Balfour had one of his worst performances of a season full of horrible performances. He faced […]
DRaysBay Aug 20, 2014

How to improve the Rays roster

The Rays are on the edge of contention and still have the ability to find their way to the playoffs, but things need to click. While the team is waiting on the reinforcements of Wil Myers, David DeJesus, and Ryan Hanigan, there are a few more improvements that might be available to the team here and now. It's time to play armchair GM. Bat Evan Longoria Third Evan Longoria is having a down year, compared to his usual best-in-baseball self. The last thirty days are no exception, where he's batting .220/.295/.380 with a 90 wRC+ and .294 wOBA. We can attribute some of that poor performance to a...
DRaysBay Aug 20, 2014

Rays Tank: Extra bad in extras

It was the James Loney show until the eleventh inning last night, with the Rays first baseman both chipping in a home run and a costly throwing error. Come extras, though, the other Rays decided to give up runs without balancing them out by scoring them. The eleventh was bad. The embed code isn't ready yet, but you can watch the whole sequence here. Recap here. You can't say that Maddon didn't use his bullpen correctly, though. His closer, Jake McGee, had pitched both the ninth and the tenth of a tie game. Brad Boxberger, Kirby Yates, and Joel Peralta were also already used. This is a case...

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