5:22 PM EDT, Tue July 17, 2018
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We’re not grading on a curve: midterm assessments for Rays hitters

We’re not grading on a curve: midterm assessments for Rays hitters

These grades come with a bit of a twist It’s the All-Star break, so any good MLB blog has to have at least one article handing out grades for the most arbitrary cut-off point in sports, right? To avoid this being too predictable, however, we’re going to put a slight twist on this exercise. When we hand out a first half grade, we will ignore entirely any role luck might have played in favor of looking at results. DRB had a bit of debate about this topic in regards to Blake Snell’s (one-time) All-Star snub, and in this article looking back at the first half, ERA will matter far more...
7 hours ago
Are you “Living on a Prayer?” Naming our song of the season

Are you “Living on a Prayer?” Naming our song of the season

A DRB musical roundtable The 2018 season passed its halfway point some 14 games back, but the All-Star break nonetheless feels like a good time to reflect on the season up to this point. Today’s reflection: what song, to you, seems emblematic of the Rays 2018 season thus far? We’ve asked some of our DRB contributors to name their songs and tell us why they resonate, and we invite you all to do the same in the comments. (Warning: some long lyrics may be NSFW) Mister Lizzie: Most years I start the baseball season with real hope that the Rays will field a strong, competitive team. ...
8 hours ago
View from the Catwalk: Harper Defeats Schwarber

View from the Catwalk: Harper Defeats Schwarber

A thrilling Home Run Derby, capped off by Wilson Ramos’ former teammate taking home the crown. Rays Links: Despite some sad news about Wilson Ramos having to miss the game, the Rays All Star representatives seem to be in good spirits, enjoying the event. Rays Twitter has the full Blake Snell media meet and greet. Topkin reported that AL manager AJ Hinch of the Houston Astros, said that Blake Snell was in considered to start the All Star Game for the American League. Marc Topkin also has the full rundown on Blake Snell’s first foray into All Star weekend festivities. Zack Greinke...
10 hours ago
DOTF 7/16: Brandon Lowe continues his International League pitching demolition tour.

DOTF 7/16: Brandon Lowe continues his International League pitching demolition tour.

Brandon Lowe hit his 10th AAA homer (18th on the season). Brandon Lowe continued his assault on International League pitching with his tenth homer in 150 plate appearances. It was his 18th homer of the season. Triple-A Durham Bulls (54-39) The Durham Bulls defeated the Syracuse Chiefs 8-6. Brandon Lowe and Kean Wong went deep for the Bulls as part of a 13 hit assault by the Bulls. Willy Adames, Justin Williams, and Lowe had two hit nights with Wong picking up three. 2B Kean Wong: 3-for-5, HR (7), 2 R, 3 RBI, K, SB (4)SS Willy Adames: 2-for-5, 2B (8), 2 R, RBILF Brandon Lowe: 2-for-5, HR...
Jul 16, 2018
Rays walk up bracket: Quarterfinals

Rays walk up bracket: Quarterfinals

We’re down to the final eight, have your voice heard! With the All-Star break upon us, it’s the perfect time for us to move forward with our summer-long trek to determine the best walk-up music on the 2018 Rays. So far, we have paired the original 40+ contestants down to the top eight, and you’ll be voting for the Final Four in today’s bracket. Since we’re getting into the realm of a lower number of matchups to vote on, let’s circle back and share a quick word on the Round 2 results: Round 2 Results Ryan Yarbrough: Ladies and Gentlemen - Saliva 58% over Jose Alvarado: Cali Aji -...
Jul 16, 2018
View from the Catwalk: Wilson Ramos expected to go on the disabled list

View from the Catwalk: Wilson Ramos expected to go on the disabled list

Ramos to miss the All-Star game, a bizarre series in Minnesota, and Milwaukee is scouting Eovaldi Rays News A very disappointing series in Minnesota. The Rays scored 35 runs over the four games, but still dropped three of the contests, thanks to poor pitching performances. It took a record setting onslaught by the offense for the Rays to take a victory, as they tallied 19 runs on Saturday. To add to the disappointment, All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos, pulled a hamstring as he was trying to beat out a groundball. He would be removed from the game, and has been removed from the All-Star game...
Jul 16, 2018
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Nate Lowe, Jesus Sanchez represent Rays in Futures Game

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Nate Lowe, Jesus Sanchez represent Rays in Futures Game

A pair of Rays prospects were on the national stage Sunday afternoon. If you missed the Futures Game, you can check out the box score here. Baseball America had a couple recaps for a very fun event. Baseball America’s YouTube account has video of every player’s batting practice, including Nate Lowe and Jesus Sanchez. Triple-A Durham Bulls (53-39) With three runs in the ninth, Durham walked off with a 7-6 win over Charlotte. After the Knights added an insurance run in the top half of the inning, Willy Adames led off with a single. He scored on Justin Williams’ double, but Brandon...
Jul 15, 2018
Rays 7, Twins 11: The Thrilla in Vanilla

Rays 7, Twins 11: The Thrilla in Vanilla

Rays run out of comebacks. This was a nice, boring win that got out of hand in a hurry. The good news is, the Rays and Twins gave us some free baseball to tide us over until after the All-Star break. The bad news is, the Twins walked it off in slamtastic fashion, dropping the Rays to 49-47 at the break. On the other bright side, the Rays won 49 games before the break. If you had that in the office pool, you’re a gotdang liar. First, the (good) boring parts. The Rays greeted 23 year old starter Felipe Rivers like they were in a hurry to get the game over with, swinging aggressively early....
Jul 15, 2018
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Franco continues tear with 2-homer game, cycle

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Franco continues tear with 2-homer game, cycle

Wander Franco is living up to the hype in the Appalachian League. Wander Franco isn’t in the Futures Game this season, but Jesus Sanchez and Nate Lowe are. Be sure to check it out on MLB Network or MLB.com at 4 p.m. Sunday. Triple-A Durham Bulls (52-39) Durham fell to Charlotte by a 3-1 score in 10 innings. Brandon Snyder led off the second with a double and scored after consecutive singles by Justin Williams and Jason Coats, but the Bulls only had two hits over the final eight innings. The Knights scored two in the 10th off Ian Gibaut. In four innings, Yonny Chirinos struck out seven and...
Jul 14, 2018
Rays 19, Twins 6: A week of runs in nine innings!

Rays 19, Twins 6: A week of runs in nine innings!

Well that was fun! Minneapolis — For the third consecutive day, the Rays fell behind early. In the bottom of the second inning, Max Kepler rapped a solo shot to right field off starter Chris Archer to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. The Rays, who hadn’t led at all in the series at the time, had to play catch up again. They started with a sharp single to center by Matt Duffy in the top of the fourth inning, followed by a walk by rookie Jake Bauers, and Ramos double to deep right center scoring the two on base. Berrios was able to retire Choi and Wendle the next two batters, then Carlos Gomez...
Jul 14, 2018
Game 95 Preview: Chris Archer vs. Jose Berrios

Game 95 Preview: Chris Archer vs. Jose Berrios

The Rays dreadlocked right-hander looks to get the Rays back on track. Today, Chris Archer and the Rays aim for their first win of the series in the third game of a four-game set against the Twins at Target Field. Minnesota will send All-Star Berrios to the mound. Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Sun with the first pitch set for 2:10 PM ET. Starting Pitchers Chris Archer The right-hander will look for his fourth win of the season this afternoon for the Rays. Archer has been up-and-down through 14 starts, posting a 3-4 win-loss record with a 4.41 ERA, 23.3 K%, 8.3 BB%, and .266...
Jul 14, 2018
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Weber sharp in Durham win

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Weber sharp in Durham win

Back in the minors, Ryan Weber continued to pitch well for the Bulls. Ryan Weber has had a solid season for Durham in between his brief appearances with the Rays. He hasn’t been charged with more than two earned runs in nine straight games with the Bulls, including Friday night’s gem. Triple-A Durham Bulls (52-38) Ryan Weber pitched Durham to a 5-2 win over Charlotte. The veteran righty lowered his ERA to 2.05 with six scoreless innings, and he struck out a season-high eight batters. Justin Williams’ eighth home run of the season got the Bulls on the board in the second inning, and...
Jul 14, 2018
Twins 11, Rays 8: Rare Eovaldi slip up leads to slugfest

Twins 11, Rays 8: Rare Eovaldi slip up leads to slugfest

Another hard fought loss at Target Field Minneapolis — Through the first half of the 2018 season, Blake Snell and Nathan Eovaldi have been nearly un-hittable. Snell was 12-4 with a 2.09 ERA coming into last night’s game. Eovaldi, tonight’s starter, has made three starts (of eight) this season of at least six innings pitched and one hit (or fewer). But for whatever reason, they both did not to have it on consecutive nights. Snell was chased early last night giving up three runs in three innings on 75 pitches. Then tonight, the Twins rapped four runs off Eovaldi in the first inning...
Jul 13, 2018
Game 94 Preview: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Jake Odorizzi

Game 94 Preview: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Jake Odorizzi

The Rays face an old friend tonight. Tonight, Nathan Eovaldi and the Rays try to even the series at one apiece in the second game of a four-game set against the Twins at Target Field. Minnesota will send Jake Odorizzi to the mound. Both pitchers have been effective in early innings but less so the third time through the order. It will be interesting to see how deep into the game these starters will go. Today’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Sun with the first pitch set for 8:10 PM ET. Starting Pitchers Nathan Eovaldi Eovaldi has been impressive through eight starts, posting a 3-3...
Jul 13, 2018
Jake Bauers has made a smooth transition to the majors

Jake Bauers has made a smooth transition to the majors

He gets on base, he plays first well and he hustles at every step. MINNEAPOLIS — Jake Bauers got the call on June 6. He was heading to The Show. In the bigs for just over a month now, the 22-year old has been a mainstay of the Rays lineup. He’s already had his coming out party, a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to complete a three-game sweep of the Yankees June 24 — the highlight moment of the Rays season so far. Rake. Bauers.#RaysWin pic.twitter.com/UEBfmmLYlx— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 24, 2018 Suiting up 182 times for Triple-A Durham through 2017 and 2018,...