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Oct 2, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays had the best defense in baseball, per Defensive Runs Saved

Tampa Bay Rays had the best defense in baseball, per Defensive Runs Saved

Even with significant time lost to injury, KK leads the way Heading into the season the Tampa Bay Rays wanted to get back to being a good defensive team. They signed Colby Rasmus to man left field. They re-signed Logan Morrison in part for his defense (compared to other free agent options).Peter Bourjos was picked up for cash considerations at the end of spring training. Their first trade in July was for Adeiny Hechavarria. The defensive metrics were fans of the Rays work. At the Fielding Bible via Baseball Info Solutions the Rays were the best team on the defensive side of the ball. Best...
Oct 2, 2017
Baseball America’s way-too-early 2018 MLB Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Rays select RHP Logan Gilbert

Baseball America’s way-too-early 2018 MLB Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Rays select RHP Logan Gilbert

It’s never too soon to look at the talent options The Tampa Bay Rays will draft 16th overall in 2018, and if you’re in need an extremely too early mock draft, Baseball America has one with the top 30 picks. In that first mock draft of the off-season, the Rays take a Cape Cod League stand out RHP Logan Gilbert, from Stetson University. Stetson has a strong pipeline of talent through Cape Cod, and among the multiple Florida-bases college pitchers that shined in the league in 2017, at 16th overall League All-Star Logan Gilbert looks like a decent bet. 2080 Baseball followed Gilbert in the...
Oct 2, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays receive 16th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft

Tampa Bay Rays receive 16th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft

The first round of the 2018 draft is set The 2017 MLB Regular Season is over, which means it is time to instantly look forward to next June when the 2018 MLB Draft will take place. The Tampa Bay Rays finished the season with a record of 80-82, the 14th best record in all of baseball, meaning that they will select 16th overall in next year’s draft. The Detroit Tigers surged to the bottom of the standings to get awarded the top pick overall next season. The complete order of the first round is as follows: Tigers Giants Phillies White...
Oct 2, 2017
Former Ray John Jaso may be retiring

Former Ray John Jaso may be retiring

Jaso may have played his last MLB game. Former Rays player, John Jaso, may be leaning towards hanging up his cleats and taking his life on the open seas in a sailboat. According to Elizabeth Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, John Jaso told her that this was probably it as far as his baseball career goes. Jaso signed a two year deal with the Pirates during the 2015-2016 off-season and now at the age of 34, will be a free agent once again. Jaso didn’t flat out say he was retiring. If the right situation arises, he could be back in some capacity next season. I don't know, I've played...
Oct 2, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Just 177 days until Opening Day

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Just 177 days until Opening Day

The regular season is over, playoffs begin tomorrow, and Blake Snell with his best performance The 2017 MLB Regular Season has come to an end with the Tampa Bay Rays winning four games in a row to close things out. Yesterday afternoon, Blake Snell turned in a masterful performance against the Baltimore Orioles as he held them hitless for the first four innings and he racked up a total of 13 strikeout over seven scoreless innings pitched, while he didn’t walk a batter and gave up just two hits. The offense was quiet for the majority of the game with Kevin Guasman carving through the...
Oct 1, 2017
Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 0 - One Snell of a Game

Tampa Bay 6, Baltimore 0 - One Snell of a Game

Blake Snell K’s 13 as the Rays lock down the sweep and a 4th straight victory I’d be lying if I told you that Blake Snell has impressed me all season long. The talent is clearly there, and he’s shown it in flashes, but his earlier season appearances left quite a lot to be desired. Snell has seemed to put it together more and more of late, but today... today was Blake Snell’s masterpiece. Snell gave up just 2 hits and no walks, while striking out 13 over 7 shutout frames. He took a perfect game into the 5th inning, and was truly dominant for 100 pitches. The bullpen took over to...
Sep 30, 2017
Rays 4, Orioles 3: Brad Miller selfishly hits three run homer

Rays 4, Orioles 3: Brad Miller selfishly hits three run homer

Miller homers, Kiermaier steals, Archer racks up 200 innings, DeWayne and BA are unbearable When your club is 79-82, the best thing about the next-to-last game of the season is you get to use the world “penultimate.” Penultimate, penultimate, penultimate. My gosh, that’s a fun word to say. Say it with me: Penultimate! The second best thing about the penultimate game of the season is the realization that you only have one more game to listen to DeWayne and BA ramble on and on (and on, and ooooonnnnnn) about “two-strike approach” before a blessed and sorely needed five month break....
Sep 30, 2017
On this date in Rays history: Matt Moore starts ALDS Game One

On this date in Rays history: Matt Moore starts ALDS Game One

With just two weeks of major league experience, rookie gets the nod It’s Fall 2011. The incredible improbable implausible miraculous has just happened. The greatest night of baseball in MLB regular season history, had culminated in a playoff clinching walk off home run courtesy of Evan Longoria. The Tampa Bay Rays had just won the 2011 American League Wild Card spot. That was September 28th, and the American League Division Series began just two days later, on September 30th. The Rays top two pitchers, David Price and James Shields, had started must-win regular season games and would be...
Sep 29, 2017
Rays vs. Orioles, game one recap: Rays clinch third place

Rays vs. Orioles, game one recap: Rays clinch third place

While Evan Longoria reaches a milestone We had to wait for it. The Rays didn’t manage to clinch until the first game of the last series of the season. But now that it’s all locked up, doesn’t it feel good? Third place in the American League East, baby. That sounds like a joke, but no, actually, it does feel kind of good. I don’t know that we need to run up a banner or anything, but I’m pretty happy to see my team finish in front of Baltimore and Toronto. Definitely happier than I’d be watching them finish behind Baltimore and Toronto. Pride is funny thing. Jake Odorizzi started...
Sep 29, 2017
Rays announce 2017 Minor League Award Winners, including OF Jesus Sanchez, RHP Yonny Chirinos, and SS Willy Adames

Rays announce 2017 Minor League Award Winners, including OF Jesus Sanchez, RHP Yonny Chirinos, and SS Willy Adames

C Nick Ciuffo, INF Lucius Fox, and RHP Diego Castillo also earned high praise. The Tampa Bay Rays today named their 2017 Minor League Award Winners. OF Jesús Sánchez Minor League Player of the Year and RHP Yonny Chirinos Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Baserunner of the Year honors went to INF Lucius Fox, while RHP Diego Castillo was named Reliever of the Year and C Nick Ciuffo was named Defensive Player of the Year. This was Ciuffo’s second consecutive year garnering that honor. The Rays also announced the Most Valuable Players for each of their nine affiliates (below)....
Sep 29, 2017
Series Preview: Season comes to a close

Series Preview: Season comes to a close

Wait till next year! The Tampa Bay Rays will finish the season with a three game set against the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg. The teams split a four game series less than a week ago in Baltimore. The Matchups: Friday 7:10 PM: Wade Miley vs Jake OdorizziSaturday 6:10 PM: Miguel Castro vs Chris ArcherSunday 3:10 PM: Kevin Gausman vs Blake Snell The Rays get another shot at one of the worst starting rotations in baseball. Wade Miley will make his 32nd start of the season and staying healthy enough to pitch is about the only positive for Miley this season. He has a 5.52 ERA and 5.21...
Sep 29, 2017
Rays owner Stu Sternberg won’t rule out a full rebuild in 2018

Rays owner Stu Sternberg won’t rule out a full rebuild in 2018

Rays “absolutely” reducing $80 million payroll in 2018 The Rays have never been a team to tank, despite being in the hyper competitive American League East division. After a lost season, where the Rays went “all in” at the trade deadline but missed the playoffs, Tampa Bay Times beat writer Marc Topkin asked the team’s lead owner if next year would be the season they finally bite the bullet and rebuild: [MT] Could this be the year you cut it way back and retrench, as you've hinted previously could be coming? [SS] The team is good enough clearly, and we have confidence in the...
Sep 29, 2017
Rays’ 2017 results could define their choices next season

Rays’ 2017 results could define their choices next season

How the front office acts in 2018 will depend on their interpretation of this year. The 2017 season has been anything but easy to digest for the Tampa Bay Rays. The season began as one without muted hope. The team was fresh off a 94-loss season that was their highest loss total since their “Devil Days.” However, the percentage of the fanbase that subscribes to the analytics of the sport — which seems to be a higher percent among Rays fans than just about any other team — knew the team was incredibly unlucky. First-order winning percentage had the Rays as a 77-win club; second-order...
Sep 29, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays news and links: End of an era

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: End of an era

Or at least of a contract. The must-read today is a long profile by Scott Miller at Bleacher Report on what former-Ray Carl Crawford is up to these days. This is actually his final year under contract for the Dodgers, so he’s about to finish up being paid over $20 million a year not to play baseball. He talks about the breakdown of his body, his time in Tampa Bay, Boston, and Los Angeles, the impact Joe Maddon had on him, and his relationship to baseball now. It really is good. H/t to @RogerMooney50 for the link. Favorite quote: "If Rocco [Baldelli] can coach first base, I know I can do...
Sep 28, 2017
Rays 9, Yankees 6: Do not go gently into that good night

Rays 9, Yankees 6: Do not go gently into that good night

When I saw today’s lineup I figured we were headed for another game in which the Rays offense was AWOL. Against the tough righty Sonny Gray, Logan Morrison and Kevin Kiermaier were resting. The outfield was Puello-Bourjos-Smith, not the trio you were imagining watching in late September. So of course the Rays hitters exploded. They batted around in a seven-run fifth inning. Cesar Puello and Peter Bourjos knocked in runs. The much-maligned and seldom used Trevor Plouffe even hit a pinch hit home run. In a 9-6 slugest that lasted three and a half hours we had a little bit of...