Time to dust the cobwebs off of this site a little bit. The Rays have been pretty active in the off-season and the winter meetings. Lets just take a look at some of the major movies and give our opinion on them. Read the rest of this entry »
After writing the Scott Kazmir article I have decided to take a look at the possible Rays to be traded this season if any. So without further to do here it goes. Read the rest of this entry »
Tampa, fresh off their sweep of the Nationals, travels to the real Coors Field (not the one in New York) for a three game series against a hot Colorado team. Tampa will have Jason Bartlett back tonight as Reid Brignac was sent back to Durham. The Rays have won five straight and have moved themselves into third place in the A.L. East. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
The Rays drop the opening game of this eight-game homestand to the Cleveland Indians. James Shields couldn’t get out of trouble, the defense had a costly error and the offense couldn’t catch up. With the loss, Tampa Bay is tied with the Orioles for most losses in the division but remain two games ahead in the wins column. Let’s take a quick look.
What Went Right:
The offense hit the ball fairly hard all night, often times though right at a fielder. They weren’t able to break through until the sixth inning, but it wasn’t enough. Gabe Gross went 2-4 with an RBI and Ben Zobrist had a three-run homer but that would be the closest they would get.
What Went Wrong:
The pitching. James Shields gave up ten hits but only two earned runs. With the score 2-0 in the fifth and two outs, Shields induced a grounder to second that appeared to be the third out but the ball was booted by Akinori Iwamura. Then Shields would surrender back to back doubles, a walk, and an infield hit to score three runs and essentially end his night. We know it’s tough on a pitcher when the defense gives the opposition extra outs, but it happens and there’s really no excuse for the onslaught that ensued, Shields simply didn’t execute his pitches.
The bullpen didn’t help much either as Joe Nelson couldn’t get out of the sixth giving up four more runs and Grant Balfour was tagged for two more.
Scott Kazmir (4-3, 5.92) will look to get the Rays back on track as he faces Anthony Reyes (1-1, 7.20). Hopefully all that cotton candy Kazmir downed in Baltimore won’t effect him tomorrow. Look for the return of Carl Crawford and possibly Pat Burrell, however it’ll be interesting especially with Willy Aybar starting to heat up.
An interesting game up to the third inning. Starting pitching let the team down and a lack of late inning offense helped contribute to the loss. Since I am not happy about a pathetic display against the last place team, lets get into this. Read the rest of this entry »