10:34 PM EDT, Tue August 22, 2017
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Rays 6, Blue Jays 5: Jays see what it’s like to be the Rays, for once

Rays 6, Blue Jays 5: Jays see what it’s like to be the Rays, for once

The Rays actually capitalize on some offensive opportunities! The Rays and Blue Jays traded opening shots in the first inning with a pair of solo shots by Lucas Norichika Duda and Aoki, who hasn’t hit a home run since JFK was president. Archer, however, would manage to settle in for most of the game, whereas Chris Rowley never seemed to find that perfect stride. In the second the Rays took the lead on yet another home run (by Corey Dickerson!) and they weren’t done yet. Wilson Ramos, who is slowly starting to come around the plate (hopes for next year!), smacked a single to left, and...
3 hours ago
Rays vs Jays preview: Just win, baby

Rays vs Jays preview: Just win, baby

Archer vs A Guy With Two Career Starts. Sounds like a trap game if I’ve ever heard one The Rays and Jays will battle it out for the bottom of the AL East on Tuesday, as the two teams currently reside in the fourth and fifth spots in the division after Tampa Bay’s recent slide. The Rays hold a one game lead on the Jays and haven’t fallen to fifth in the division all season. Besides avoiding the cellar, the Rays are still “only” four games out of the second wild card spot, and although there are five teams between the Rays and the current second wild card, Minnesota Twins,...
8 hours ago
Series Preview: Rays take on division rival Blue Jays

Series Preview: Rays take on division rival Blue Jays

It would be an understatement to say the Tampa Bay Rays have had a disappointing month of August. But....they won their last game! and August isn’t even over so, who knows what we’ll be writing next week? But back to realty. The Rays lost a series to the Seattle Mariners, before which they lost a series to these same Blue Jays. In fact we can’t even remember when they last won a series. But that means there is nowhere to go but up. The Rays are currently just one game ahead of the Blue Jays in the battle to avoid the ALE cellar. The Matchups: Tuesday 7:10 PM: Chris Rowley vs Chris...
13 hours ago
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: (Insert Eclipse related Baseball Metaphor)

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: (Insert Eclipse related Baseball Metaphor)

September is coming for Brent Honeywell (and everyone else) Links: The total solar eclipse passed over the United States yesterday, including Rays Class-A affiliate Bowling Green. The Hot Rods hosted a viewing party after the game, and it gave us this neat timelapse: A must-see time-lapse of the solar eclipse totality after Monday's @wmwhitecaps game in Bowling Green. @MiLB pic.twitter.com/HzUO4WNxKG— Dan Hasty (@ThatDanHasty) August 21, 2017 In that game at Bowling Green, Garrett Whitley made a tremendous diving catch: Dear, @SportsCenter --Thanks for having us on earlier, but we...
15 hours ago
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Smith strikes out 8 in Durham debut

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Smith strikes out 8 in Durham debut

Burch Smith finally returned to Triple A for the first time in over three years Adrian Rondon has had a rough season, and I’d imagine he’ll be back with Bowling Green in 2018. Since he’s still only 19, that’s not the end of the world. So far in August, he’s enjoying his best stretch of the season, batting .263 in 16 games with a .739 OPS. Obviously that’s not overwhelming, but he has cut down on the strikeouts. Triple-A Durham Bulls (77-50) Burch Smith made his Durham debut, but the Bulls fell to Gwinnett by a 9-0 score. In five innings, Smith allowed a couple runs but did...
Aug 21, 2017
Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6 Recap: Beyond the Wall

Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 6 Recap: Beyond the Wall

ZOMBIE POLAR BEARS ARE A THING NOW??? At this point, what Game of Thrones does and does not do well is widely known. On the positive end, Game of Thrones is an expansive vision with a deft hand for spectacle built upon the strength of its ensemble cast. At the other end, there are logical gaps, incoherent storytelling, and uneven characterizations that occasionally loses the thread of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. Both the good and bad were on display in “Beyond the Wall,” the penultimate installment of season seven (directed by early series alum Alan Taylor). This hour...
Aug 21, 2017
Tampa Bay Times: Ybor City, Channelside likely Hillsborough stadium sites

Tampa Bay Times: Ybor City, Channelside likely Hillsborough stadium sites

Much work remains to be done, however, before plans can move ahead Today’s Tampa Bay Times reported on latest developments in the Rays efforts to find a site, either in Hillsborough County or elsewhere in Pinellas, for a new baseball stadium. Although Pinellas County locations are still very much in play, most speculation on a future site has focused on Hillsborough County, which is the primary subject of this article. The TL;DR version: Nothing new to see here! There is of yet no official announcement of a selected site or financing plan. However, the Times does offer a few...
Aug 21, 2017
Exploring Normalized Spin Rates

Exploring Normalized Spin Rates

Using a funny sounding metric While spin rate is a seemingly simple tool for evaluating pitches, the complexity of it and its relationship with other measurements makes it challenging to use effectively. All pitches have a spin rate measurement attached to them from Statcast, but only the spin where the spin axis is orthogonal (perpendicular) to the path of the ball contributes to the movement of the pitch. For example, we know that the backspin of a fastball contributes to its vertical movement, but for a slider, any “gyrospin”, or side spin, doesn’t contribute to the ball’s...
Aug 21, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Happy Solar Eclipse Day

Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Happy Solar Eclipse Day

Rays shutout Mariners, MLB at the LLWS, and one of the best catches you’ll ever see Yesterday, the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners behind a wonderful performance from Blake Snell. The Rays ended the week on a good note, after having lost five of their past six games as well as 12 of their last 15. The Rays are off today, but on Tuesday, they’ll welcome in the Toronto Blue Jays for a three game set. The prolonged losing has shaken up the Rays playoff aspirations as they are now over 11 games back in the division. Meanwhile in the Wild Card chase, the...
Aug 21, 2017
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Shut down pitching duo in Hudson Valley

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Shut down pitching duo in Hudson Valley

The Brendan McKay - Jhonleider Salinas pitching tandem is working out well for the Renegades. The 2017 fourth overall draft pick Brendan McKay continues to dominate New York Penn League hitters on any given Sunday. However, with an apparent 3.0 inning limit per game, most hitters are only getting one look at him per game. If that inning limit sticks, we won’t see how he holds up against line ups as they see him multiple times and make adjustments. This is something to consider when looking at his so-far pristine pitching statistics. Triple-A Durham Bulls (77-49) Yonny Chirinos appeared...
Aug 20, 2017
Tampa Bay 3, Seattle 0

Tampa Bay 3, Seattle 0

Rays avoid sweep with Snell’s shutout of M’s Today we saw the Blake Snell we’d been dreaming of as he rose through the prospect ranks over the years. Tossing 101 pitches, Snell gave up 2 hits, 2 walks and zero runs while striking out 8 Mariners over 7 frames. He made batters look downright foolish at times. If you missed the game, catching the highlights is worth your time. Outlaw got Snell some run support early, as he cranked a leadoff homer to dead center field to put the Rays up 1-0. That score would remain all the way until the 7th, when Adeiny Hechavarria lifted Yovani...
Aug 20, 2017
Jacob Faria to DL, OF Cesar Puello claimed off waivers

Jacob Faria to DL, OF Cesar Puello claimed off waivers

Jacob Faria to DL with ab strain. Rays claim RH bat Cesar Puello. The Tampa Bay Rays are placing Jacob Faria on the disabled list with a left abdominal strain as part of many announcements the team made this morning. Kevin Cash also set the rotation for the Toronto Blue Jays series with Chris Archer starting Tuesday, Austin Pruitt on Wednesday, and Alex Cobb will return from the disabled list to make the start on Thursday. With the off day on Monday this will be normal rest for Archer and Pruitt. The Rays claimed Cesar Puello from the Los Angeles Angels to take Faria’s vacated roster...
Aug 20, 2017
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Myers dominates old organization

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Myers dominates old organization

Tobias Myers has pitched great since joining Hudson Valley Do you think the Rays view Jake Bauers as a first baseman or outfielder? I know he’s played on the grass a lot the last couple seasons, but it seems like late in the year, his development as an outfielder isn’t a high priority. In 2016, once Casey Gillaspie left Montgomery and Justin Williams was moved up to Montgomery in the middle of July, Bauers stayed in the outfield for about a week but closed the season with only two games in the outfield out of the last 21. This season, after Gillaspie’s last game in the organization on...
Aug 19, 2017
Mariners 7, Rays 6: Close, but not close enough

Mariners 7, Rays 6: Close, but not close enough

A Mitch Haniger grand slam sealed the Rays’ fate early. A matchup of Ariel Miranda (6.68 ERA/6.11 FIP in the second half) and Jake Odorizzi (4.30 ERA/5.64 FIP on the season) was a game many anticipated some fireworks, and we were not disappointed. The Rays started off well enough. With two runners on base and a full count with two outs, Jake Odorizzi was able to get Seager to chase a fastball out of the zone to end the inning. In the bottom half of the inning, Tampa was able to add a little support for Jake. Kiermaier scored on a two-out RBI single from sizzling catcher Wilson Ramos, and...
Aug 19, 2017
Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames drives in career-best 5 runs

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Adames drives in career-best 5 runs

Willy Adames reached base four times and plated five in a big game Friday Matt Andriese’s rehab outing Friday was cut short when he was hit in the leg by a batted ball. As I write this Friday night, I’m not aware of the severity of the potential injury. Triple-A Durham Bulls (76-48) Durham used a pair of four-run innings to earn a 10-6 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In the fourth, the Bulls erased a 1-0 deficit with four two-out runs. Kean Wong and Willy Adames each drove in two. An inning later, Adames drove in another run in another four-run inning. Michael Roth allowed all six...