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Guyer admires all his wife does for their family

Brandon Guyer can't say enough good things about his wife, Lindsay, who is the primary caretaker for their children while he pursues his career as an outfielder for the Rays.
Via Rays.com
6 hours ago

Logan Forsythe’s success stems from subtle changes

Quick: Who led all qualified second basemen in wRC+ in 2015? Hint: That same player is leading thus far in 2016 and, on top of that, is tied for the lead in fWAR at his position. The answer isn’t Robinson Cano, Jason Kipnis, or Jose Altuve. It’s not Ben Zobrist or Daniel Murphy either. It’s Logan Forsythe, who, for the first four seasons and over 1,000 plate appearances of...
Via Today's Knuckleball
9 hours ago

The plays Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 8, Dodgers 5 (boxscore) THE GOOD: We talked yesterday about how Steve Pearce is a guy who can get hot and start to hit home runs in bunches and sure enough, his go-ahead 3-run home run in the 6th inning was his second in two games and his third in his last...
Via Rays Index
10 hours ago

Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – May 4, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Total Attendance: 13,226 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 18 Attendance: 13,226 Starting Pitcher: Drew Smyly Opponent: Los Angeles Dodgers Opponent Starting Pitcher: Alex Wood Avg Attendance to Date: 16,243 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 13,671 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 12,362 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
13 hours ago

Rays prospects and minor leagues: Padlo heating up

The prospect picked up in the Jake McGee trade may be shaking off a slow start In his last five games, Kevin Padlo is 9-for-18 with five extra base hits. The first game in that stretch was his first multi-hit game of the season. It seems like contact has been a problem -- his strikeout rate for the season is 29 percent, and he has struck out in all but four games this season. We...
Via DRaysBay
13 hours ago

Pearce powers Rays to finale win over Dodgers

Steve Pearce's three-run homer paved the way for an 8-5 Rays win over the Dodgers Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The win earned the Rays a split of the two-game series.
Via Rays.com
20 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays hit 4 home runs and beat Dodgers 8-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night. Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays, who went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand. Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Rays are launching and should continue to do so

Rays are among the league leaders in results on fly balls. The results of the Rays offense has been occasionally painful to watch to start this season, but that may be subject to change. Baseballsavant.com gives fans an ever increasing amount of data to look through, including exit velocity, which may point to some good things to come. The Rays offense has tried to put the ball...
Via DRaysBay
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays still among the leaders in hard hit rate

Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) after flying out to end the the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) According to Mark Simon (ESPN), the Tampa Bay Rays are still among...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Rays may turn to the minors if hitting doesn’t improve

The Tampa Bay Rays are having a hard time hitting the proverbial broad side of a barn, a word many observers use to describe the dim and dusky Tropicana Field, cowbells and all. No fewer than six players would see their batting averages skyrocket if they reached the Mendoza Line. With so many contributors, or lack thereof, it’s little wonder why the Rays rank last in the major...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Rays 5/3/16 starting lineup, etc

(Photo Credit: Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times) Noteworthiness ― Jason Hanselman (The Process Report) did a wonderful job in detailing the Rays, who are drunk on swinging the bat at seemingly everything. While we put together our April status report, give this a read. ― Piggy backing on that, we analyzed the K% of the Rays’ regulars. ― Don’t forget to read our Rays/Dodgers...
Via X-Rays Spex
2 days ago

Tampa Bay Rays: April Report Card

In a time where teams who do not see a path to perennial playoff appearances go the route of dismantling (i.e. “tanking”) in order to rebuild, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to mix and match parts looking to strike lightning in a bottle. One month into the new season and the Rays are off to a slow start, but is there a reason to panic? Ideally, you see an upward progression in...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Curt Casali caps Rays' rally in win over Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Curt Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning Saturday night and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.Brad Miller led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Brett Cecil (0-5). Miller beat first baseman Justin Smoak to the bag after a ground ball. Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double before Casali's hit, the first...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Happ, Archer Looking for More of the Same

This Saturday slate is low on strong action, but take it from us: we promise we’ll make it up to you on Sunday. Anyway, here’s a quick look at today’s pitchers. Check ’em out! J.A. Happ (TOR) versus Chris Archer (TBR) 6:10 p.m. ET At least from a results standpoint, Happ has done a pretty good job parlaying his post-Searage days into solid pitching. He’s allowed three...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rays’ Rotation Has Already Improved

It was barely a month ago that we ran our annual positional power rankings series. Perceptions of players and teams ought not to change too much after just a few weeks of baseball, but the neat thing about having projections is around is that they update themselves every night. Never by much, but they’re constantly re-evaluating to reflect whatever’s happened by the appropriate...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Blake Snell’s Extreme Fastball

Blake Snell is already back in the minor leagues, but he probably shouldn’t be there for long. All the Rays need is an opening, and over the weekend Snell made his big-league debut in a spot start in Yankee Stadium. Everyone understood it would be a one-shot deal, but Snell got to get his feet wet. That counts for something. And we got enough data for a deep dive. That also counts...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Lefty Blake Snell Debuts for Tampa Bay

The Rays called up left-handed pitching prospect Blake Snell from Triple-A to face the Yankees in a spot start on Saturday. Snell looked very good in his debut. Although he lasted just five innings, he yielded just two hits, one walk and zero runs. By fanning six, he maintained the ~30% strikeout rate pace he’d been keeping in the minors for the last year-plus. Prior to his call...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Tampa Bay Rays even have a first baseman?

The GM position in any sport has to be one of the toughest roles to play within all of the sports field. When any facet of the team goes wrong, all eyes go directly to them looking for answers – especially when the arising issue was avoidable. At the beginning of April, the Rays released one of the more reliable hitters they’ve had on their squad for a number of years now...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Tampa Bay Rays should be surprised with their success so far

Eighteen games into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are 8-10 and 3.5 games back in the division. Obviously, there is still plenty of time left in the season. The first month of the season is not even over yet. However, Tampa Bay should be surprised by the fact that they are even doing this well. Here is why: 1. What’s wrong with Chris Archer? One of the popular picks for the AL...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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