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TB 3 - TEX 0: Glas(now) not just half full, but overflowing

Glasnow and Rays pen completely stymie the Rangers offense. This one was quick. Rays pitching was almost unhittable. Whether it was the tall righty, the prize of the Chris Archer trade, dealing straight fire and filthy 12-6 action breaking balls. Or the Rays bullpen, consistently one of the best in the majors, throwing out tricky lefties like Adam Kolarek, unreal dominant relief ace Jose Alverado, or the wiley vet Sergio Romo with his swiss army knife Slider. Rangers bats had no chance, looked lost and overwhelmed, and were two infield hits away from being no-hit. The Future is...


The Rays need an historic stretch to keep their playoff hopes alive

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over The Tampa Bay Rays are the team that just doesn’t quit. After starting the year at with an abysmal record for 4-13, they quietly made their way to the .500 mark and just kinda hung at that level for a couple of months. It was an adequate result for a rebuilding year... but the Rays weren’t done! At the trade deadline, the Rays once again shocked the baseball world. Not by trading away one of their franchise stars — although, they did do that — but by acquiring outfielder Tommy Pham from the St Louis Cardinals. In typical Rays fashion, Pham was...

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong calls out the Rays

Back in July, the St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays were in headlines together following the trade of Tommy Pham. The headlines are back, but they are less friendly this time around. Rosters have expanded, and MLB teams are reaching into their farm for a glimpse of what is to come. One of the […] St. Louis Cardinals: Kolten Wong calls out the Rays - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lone Star Ball

64-85 - A Minor rebellion by young Rangers quashed by stern Padres

Imagine acquiring a Francisco Mejia at the deadline. Must be nice. It was fun when Willie Calhoun and Jurickson Profar were homering but less so when the Rangers lost on a walkoff grand slam hit by an actual good prospect a team acquired at the trade deadline. Player of the Game: Mike Minor went 6 1⁄3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Minor lowered his second half era to 2.38 over 53 innings pitched. Oh, yeah, he also hit a double. Up Next: The Rangers open up a series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night with Adrian Sampson set to face...


Post walk-off Rays Reflections: I. Can’t. Even.

What the heck is this team? Remember how this season started? The trades, the DFAs, the injuries. The media claimed the Rays were tanking and ruining baseball in the process. The MLB Players Association said the Rays were engaging in unfair labor practices by not even trying to win and filed a grievance against the Tampa Bay Rays and three other teams. They traded face of the franchise Evan Longoria (supposedly so he could be part of a winning team this year. LOL). They traded former All-Star Corey Dickerson, and budding star, Steven Souza Jr. They traded away veterans Jake Odorizzi and...


Princeton Rays vs. Elizabethton Twins: DRB was there!

Up close with Wander Franco and other Rays prospects Elizabethton, TN: On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to see the Princeton Rays take on the Elizabethton Twins in the second game of the Appalachian League Championship Series. Elizabethton had taken the first game of the potential three game series. The Princeton Rays had a very exciting young team, filled with top prospects. Wander Franco, who seems headed to top ten status, was the headliner. Shane Baz, whom the team acquired as the PTBNL in the Chris Archer trade, took to the mound for Princeton and delivered his best outing...


Yankees get shortstop Hechavarria in trade with Pirates

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have acquired Adeiny Hechavarria in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, bringing in a veteran infielder to back up injured shortstop Didi Gregorius.New York is sending a player to be named or cash to Pittsburgh for the 29-year-old Hechavarria, who is batting .254 with four homers and 29 RBIs in 76 games with the Rays and Pirates this season. As part of the deal, the Pirates will send New York $863,709 to cover most of the $951,613 remaining in Hechavarrias $5.9 million salary.The trade was completed just before Fridays deadline for traded players to be...


Walk it off, Asdrubel: Phillies 2, Cubs 1

An extra inning thriller ends with a walkoff home run by a beleaguered trade acquistion The Cubs came to town this weekend, beginning the series with a matchup of Jose Quintana and Nick Pivetta. Pivetta has struggled lately, running up deep pitch counts early and generally being unable to deliver quality innings for a team that truly needs them. Of course, managing the Cubs is Joe Maddon who, as you probably remember, managed the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series against the Phillies. In that series, as you also might remember, the ending was delayed by a monsoon that hit the city of...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: A shutout win and some big roster moves

The Cleveland Indians picked up a shutout win Friday night but the main story of the weekend came in the form of a big trade. The Cleveland Indians entered Friday night with Jose Ramirez firmly set at third base. That is where he played in the team’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Then […] Cleveland Indians: A shutout win and some big roster moves - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


View from the catwalk: Kevin Kiermaier on the trading block?

That probably depends how much you believe in Mallex. Rays Links Former DRaysBay manager and general good guy Tommy Rancel seems to be writing for The Athletic now, and his first article asserts that the rise of Mallex Smith puts a Kevin Kiermaier trade on the table. Marc Topkin was busy on the off day, talking to former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey about Hickey’s exit from the Rays, what the Rays are doing now, Kevin Cash, Kyle Snyder, the opener, Chris Archer, and Blake Snell. Spoiler: Hickey has nothing bad to say about anyone. But still a good read. Topkin also sat down with...


Why a Kevin Kiermaier trade is unlikely

Kevin Kiermaier, age 28, has manned centerfield for the Rays since 2014. In that time he’s become known as the premier defensive centerfielder in the league, with two Gold and one Platinum Gloves to show for it. His offense has never been his strong suit, and this year in particular he has struggled at the plate. His .586 OPS speaks to a frustrating season. Unfortunately he’s had several extended DL stints, usually for injuries suffered as a result of his aggressive style both in the outfield and on the bases. The very qualities that make him a valuable player also have led him to...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: C.J. Cron puts on another power display

ATLANTA - The Rays don't seem likely to trade any players by Friday's deadline for postseason eligibility.But if they do, 1B/DH C.J. Cron is probably the most likely to go.Cron, despite limited playing time, continues to showcase his power.That included his start


Tampa Bay Rays History: The Scott Kazmir Trade

Nine years ago today we said goodbye to our first real ace On this date in 2009, the Tampa Bay Rays traded Scott Kazmir, their first real ace, to the Los Angeles Angels. The return was a trio of prospects. The Tampa Bay Rays had always been a team that dealt their young, rising in cost talent for new blood, but the trade of Scott Kazmir was something different. Kazmir had come to the Rays five years earlier in an oft-discussed and trade with the New York Mets. Heading into the 2004 trade deadline, the out-of-contention Tampa Bay Devil Rays were receiving plenty of interest in right-handed...

Rum Bunter

Don’t Worry About Chris Archer, At Least Not Yet

While his Pirate career may be off to a slow start, fans do not need to worry about Chris Archer…at least not yet. When the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays on August 31st they were the talk of the baseball world. After years of playing bridesmaid in trade talks, Neal […] Don’t Worry About Chris Archer, At Least Not Yet - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - A Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers ride six-run third inning to 7-4 win over Pittsburgh Pirates

Mike Moustakas and Manny Pina each hit a two-run home run to lead the offense. WP: Chase Anderson (9-7)LP: Chris Archer (4-7)SV: Jeremy Jeffress (7) HR: Mike Moustakas (28), Manny Pina (7), Jonathan Schoop (19), Adam Frazier (7), Gregory Polanco (21) Box Score The Brewers bats came alive today, and they came together for some big offense. Going to the trade deadline, and even earlier in the season, there was a big buzz to try to acquire Chris Archer from the Rays. The Brewers faced him for the first time as a Pirate today, and were able to take full advantage. In the third inning, Lorenzo...


View from the catwalk: Holding runners is hard

Glasnow and Snyder have some work to do. Good thing they’re neighbors. Rays Links This one is an Adam Sanford Special, written by John Trupin, not Adam Sanford. With Andre Ethier’s retirement, there are no more active players who have been involved in trades with Antonio Perez. Who is Antonio Perez, you ask? Well, for one, he came to the Rays along with Lou Piniella. And he’s been in a lot of other trades too, with some awful good players. Juan Toribio wrote about Tyler Glasnow’s struggles holding runners, and how the Rays plan to work on fixing them. Craig Edwards on the...


View from the Catwalk: Blake Snell enters the Cy Young conversation

Cy Snell, Tommy Pham hurt again, the Nationals made a couple of trades Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays were once again victorious over the Kansas City Royals, taking home a 4-1 victory. Blake Snell was dominant for Tampa Bay, registering six innings of one run ball on just four hits, racking up 11 strikeouts. Adam Kolarek, Chaz Roe, and Sergio Romo would all pitch scoreless innings of relief to close out the game. On the offensive side of things, several Rays had great days with Willy Adames and Tommy Pham both knocking three hits apiece, meanwhile Mallex Smith, C.J. Cron, and Michael Perez...


20 years of Rays Baseball: 2011, Impossible. Improbable. Magical.

If Rays baseball was a movie... After losing to the Texas Rangers in the 2010 AL division series, the most talented Rays team ever broke apart. Once the World Series concluded, several key Rays players became free agents. Carl Crawford ended his nine-year run with the team, the longest of any player in franchise history. Joining him in free agency were other key components of the 2010 Rays, including Carlos Pena, Rafael Soriano, and Joaquin Benoit and several others. Carl Crawford would twist the knife even more once he signed nine-figure deal with the Rays’ arch-rival Boston Red...


View from the Catwalk: Is Kevin Cash the best manager in baseball?

Jalen Beeks homecoming, Rays were enamored with Michael Perez long before the trade, and will Kevin Cash be the Manager of the Year? The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Boston Red Sox, 2-0. The Rays managed to avoid being swept, following two lackluster performances on Friday and Saturday. Jalen Beeks made his return to Fenway Park for the first time since being traded at the deadline for Nate Eovaldi. Following 1 2⁄3 scoreless innings from Diego Castillo, who opened the game, Beeks came on in relief and delivered four scoreless innings of his own,...


Jalen Beeks, Rays silence Red Sox bats to avoid sweep

Subtitle: Ex-prospect hands rare loss to former teamAs part of the Red Sox’ win-now strategy, the one Dave Dombrowski recently described as “all-in,” they’re inevitably going to lose a good young player who comes back to bite them in the future.They probably didn’t think it would happen this quickly with Jalen Beeks.Beeks, the underwhelming left-hander who was traded from the Red Sox to the Rays for Nathan Eovaldi in July, had an awful spring training with his former team. He allowed nine runs in 61⁄3 regular-season innings with the Red Sox before the trade. And he gave up eight...


Rays’ Jalen Beeks Details What He’s Changed Since Trade From Red Sox

The last time Boston Red Sox fans saw Jalen Beeks at Fenway Park, it was the second consecutive rough outing... Read More »