April 7, 2010
Garza carried the Rays in their victory tonight.
What Went Right
This team notches another come from behind win which is exciting to see. They could of easily come out flat after last nights opening day performance.
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December 21, 2009
In an effort to spice up the site, over the holiday break I am going to attempt to learn as much about sabermetrics as I can. But for now it’s back to writing the basic stuff I know how to. Over the next weeks I will be breaking down what I think the starting 9 will be and will continue to update it until the season starts. Read the rest of this entry »
June 12, 2009
Probably the most exciting part of this series.
The Rays, coming off a series win against the Angles, will now face the Nationals for a three game set. Back to back series wins for the Rays would be huge in their effort to get out of fourth place. We can’t figure out what is more exciting, watching the Nationals? Or watching Ludacris perform? Read the rest of this entry »
June 4, 2009
Giraffes seem to like shaving cream. (Brian Cassella/Times)
Adrian is on hiatus so I will be doing the post game. Tonight’s win for the Rays was huge as they go for the sweep tomorrow against the Royals. With the great pitching performance from Jeff Niemann and an offensive outburst, the Rays looked like the team of ’08. Read the rest of this entry »
May 12, 2009
Sonnanstine looks to put the Rays back on track. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
The Rays will be coming off a well needed off-day as they continue this stretch of 40 games in 41 days. In the first 20 games, the Rays went 10-10 and continue to struggle to find any consistency. Tampa Bay travels to Baltimore for another two-game set before coming home for an eight game stand. These two games versus the Orioles will also be the last time the Rays play in their division for the rest of the month, and until the fifth of June when they travel back to New York. Of the 33 games played so far, 20 have been division games and the Rays have an 11-9 record. They need to turn it on now and start winning series. Last May is when Tampa Bay put it in gear and they need to repeat that as soon as possible. I know it’s still considered early, but the way to relieve pressure in September is to win games early.
What To Watch For:
Evan Longoria has absolutely owned today’s starter, Mark Hendrickson, to a tune of a .500 average in eight at bats, including two home runs. Carlos Pena is 2-6 with a homer, and Ben Zobrist is 2-3 lifetime against Hendrickson. However, Gabe Kapler has a .294 AVG in 17 AB, so it’ll be interesting to see who Joe Maddon goes with in right field.
After a rough start to the season, Andy Sonnanstine has put together good starts his last two outings. That included a victory over Boston and a no decision against New York, in which he had a shutout into the eighth inning. The Rays will need him to have another good outing as they look to start climbing back into the division race. However, Sonnanstine will have his hands full as Brian Roberts, Aubrey Huff, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Gregg Zaun all sport averages over .350 lifetime off him.
May 11, 2009
I was reading Baseball Reference today and ran across some interesting stats about the offense. Read the rest of this entry »