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A deep dive on the Rays postseason 40-man player pool

A deep dive on the Rays postseason 40-man player pool

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports How did they get here? And are they actually on the 40-man roster? The Tampa Bay Rays have officially announced their 40-man player pool for the 2020 postseason with a few surprise inclusions. Let’s a take moment, or a few, to see just how each of these players made their respective journeys to the Rays roster, including the added wrinkle of whether that player is even on the 40-man roster! Willy Adames, SS How did they arrive: Acquired along with INF Nick Franklin and LHP Drew Smyly in a three team trade with the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers,...
21 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: AL East Champs Edition

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: AL East Champs Edition

Photo by Al Bello/ Rays player and fans react to Tampa Bay claiming their third AL East title. For the first time in a decade, your Tampa Bay Rays are AL East Champions. Celebrations looked a bit different this year — beers and champagne were not allowed — but the Rays found a way to celebrate in their own way after Tyler Glasnow, Brandon Lowe, Pete Fairbanks, and Randy Arozarena led the team to a strong win at Citi Field. 2020 didn't go according to plan, but it's realYour Rays are 2020 AL East Champions pic.twitter.com/cd3Azsl4fZ— Tampa Bay Rays - y (@RaysBaseball) September...
Sep 23, 2020
The Tampa Bay Rays are the 2020 American League East Champions

The Tampa Bay Rays are the 2020 American League East Champions

Photo by Al Bello/ The Rays have clinched their first division title since 2010 The Tampa Bay Rays have begun the roaring twenties with their first division title in a decade as they have successfully clinched the American East division title with a dominant win over the New York Mets. The AL East belongs to the Rays. #CLINCHED pic.twitter.com/MvrtQhRQrY— MLB (@MLB) September 24, 2020 Despite a slew of major injuries plaguing the team, the Rays have managed to register the best record in the American League, currently possessing the top seed for the playoffs entering play on...
Sep 23, 2020
Rays 8, Mets 5: Party like it’s 2010

Rays 8, Mets 5: Party like it’s 2010

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports For the first time since 2010, the Rays are AL East Champions. With the Rays (along with over half of the American League) having a postseason spot all but locked up for quite some time now, it’s felt like there hasn’t been a whole lot to play for. Tonight, however, the Rays had a chance to do something they had not done in a decade: win the American League East. Tyler Glasnow got the start for the Rays, coming off an outing where he struck out 10 of 21 batters faced at Camden Yards in a game where the good guys won 2-1, and the strikeout stuff was on...
Sep 23, 2020
GDT: Just one more win...

GDT: Just one more win...

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Rays hope to clinch tonight Go Rays!
Sep 23, 2020
View from the Catwalks: Oh well, Wednesday is better day to celebrate anyway

View from the Catwalks: Oh well, Wednesday is better day to celebrate anyway

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports On a night filled with clinches, Rays will have to wait another day to clinch the division On a night filled with clinches, the Rays came up short. They dropped a game to the Mets 5-2, while the Yankees knocked off the Blue Jays, thus keeping the Rays Magic Number for clinching the division at 1. It’s still all but certain that the Rays will win the division, but let’s not tempt fate. Go get em, Tyler. * * * This homer by Robby Cano last night was absurd. This was the highest pitch any batter has hit for a HR this season. https://t.co/SQ4m1kimh7—...
Sep 22, 2020
Mets 5, Rays 2: So, this Pete Alonso guy...

Mets 5, Rays 2: So, this Pete Alonso guy...

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Rays narrowly miss winning the AL East tonight. In classic close-scoring Rays action (at least for the first half), this game kept us on our toes until the very end, never entirely sure which way it would go. While the Rays ultimately lost, there were several points where a turnaround seems possible right up until the last couple of innings. Off the hop it was pretty clear that the starting pitchers were evenly matched right out of the gate. The Rays might have been able to best Mets ace Jacob deGrom in Monday’s (equally close scoring) outing, but Seth Lugo...
Sep 22, 2020
GDT: Let us please score some runs

GDT: Let us please score some runs

The last time the Rays scored more than 3 runs was on Thursday. Go Rays!
Sep 22, 2020
Pitch sequencing is fascinating featuring Nick Anderson

Pitch sequencing is fascinating featuring Nick Anderson

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports ...and his 11-pitch exchange with Robinson Cano As the resident pitching expert here at DRaysBay (Ian’s words, not mine), I am obviously fascinated by all things pitching. Since I started covering the Rays here, I have made many a post in the realms of things such as player previews, mechanical breakdowns and other analytical deep dives. Today I want to try something new, and talk about in-game pitch sequencing. This is the stuff that really gets me going—the cat and mouse game, to me, that’s what really makes baseball a game like no other. In the...
Sep 22, 2020
Which potential first round opponent would the Rays rather see: Cleveland or Toronto?

Which potential first round opponent would the Rays rather see: Cleveland or Toronto?

Photo by Mark Blinch/ There are cases to be made for either With less than a week to go in the 2020 truncated regular season, the Tampa Bay Rays have clinched a playoff spot and are one win or Yankee loss away from clinching the American League East. October baseball in the Bay Area for the second straight year, and now the question becomes: What does the Rays path to a second-ever pennant and potentially first-ever title look like? There’s plenty that can change in the final week, but with the Yankees three games ahead of Toronto, Minnesota two and a half games ahead of Cleveland, and...
Sep 22, 2020
Blake Snell re-emerges as Rays ace

Blake Snell re-emerges as Rays ace

Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports After an off-year in 2019, Snellzilla is back to his dominant self in 2020 The 2018 season marked Blake Snell’s coming out party. In a season where he dominated the league en route to his first Cy Young award, Snell established himself as one of the most exciting and dominant pitchers in the game. The following offseason, the Rays acknowledged his success and signed him to a five-year, fifty-million-dollar extension. Alongside Charlie Morton, who the Rays signed to a thirty-million-dollar deal earlier that offseason, Blake Snell was set to lead the Rays...
Sep 21, 2020
Rays 2, Mets 1: deRays beat deGrom

Rays 2, Mets 1: deRays beat deGrom

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports I am definitely the first one to ever make that joke... The Rays came into tonight’s game having already clinched a playoff berth. At this point, they are playing for three things: The division The No. 1 seed in the playoffs, and Home Field Advantage But they would have no small task in front of them, as they would have to go through back to back National League Cy Young Award Winner Jacob deGrom. After the top of the first, it did indeed look like it would be a long night for the Rays offense, as the first three Rays hitters struck out via triple digit...
Sep 21, 2020
Rays 2, Mets 1: Playoff Rehearsal

Rays 2, Mets 1: Playoff Rehearsal

Photo by Mike Stobe/ Give our man Kevin Cash some appreciation (and the Manager of the Year Award) Thanks to a defeat of arguably the best pitcher in baseball, the Rays magic number for the American League East is down to one with nearly a week of baseball to go. The Rays took on the other team from New York on Monday night, tussling with Jacob deGrom and the Mets in a game in which Rays manager Kevin Cash gave a potential preview of what a back-end of the rotation playoff game could look like for the Rays come October. The Rays started with Peter Fairbanks, who lowered his ERA to 2.55...
Sep 21, 2020
GDT: Meet the Mets!

GDT: Meet the Mets!

Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Ahhh...deGrom is pitching? Never mind. Go Rays!
Sep 21, 2020
Rays announce free “Digital Bobblehead” scratch off prizes

Rays announce free “Digital Bobblehead” scratch off prizes

Papa Johns and team store gifts and coupons await! In celebration of their upcoming trip to the postseason, the Rays and Digital Giveaways Group LLC (DiGG) announced the launch of a “digital bobblehead” — an online vehicle to get fans prizes via a virtual scratch off — designed for mobile devices. As the name suggests, a digital bobblehead replicates the fan-favorite collectible in the digital medium through a high-quality 3D model which is viewable in the browser of any smartphone or tablet. In addition to the familiar bobbling head motion, the digital figure can be viewed from any...