Rays 4, O’s 3 Post Game 4/6/10

April 6, 2010

So uh, I was more pumped about Opening Day this year than I have ever been.. The Rays didn’t let that excitement go to waste! WALK OFFFFF!!!!

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Wade Davis to start future of Rays pitching Sunday

September 3, 2009

Introducing Mr. Wade Davis (AP)

Introducing Mr. Wade Davis (AP)

The news of Wade Davis starting Sunday is a little old. But his start does not just mean the start of his Major League career, but the future of Rays pitching.

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Series Preview: Washington Nationals VS. Tampa Bay Rays

June 12, 2009

Probably the most exciting part of this series.

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 »

Los Angles Angels 4 Tampa Bay Rays 3

June 9, 2009

Shields did not receive a lot of run support. (AP)

Shields did not receive a lot of run support. (AP)

Another tough loss for Tampa tonight. The Rays can not seem to have a huge offensive game whenever James Shields is on the mound. Tonight’s loss puts the Rays two games under .500. Read the rest of this entry »

Series Preview: Kanas City Royals VS. Tampa Bay Rays

June 1, 2009
Joyce celebrates his homerun.

Joyce celebrates his homerun.

Kanas rolls into town for a three game series against the Rays. Since Tampa is playing better we are dropping the Devil for the time being. The Rays looked strong against the Twins taking two out of three. But playing in the AL East means that they need to sweep teams such as the Twins and Royals. Plus we do not have to see Zack Greinke. Read the rest of this entry »

Game 36: Indians 11, Rays 7

May 14, 2009
The Tribe bashed the Rays staff for 18 hits. (AP Photo/Chris OMeara)

The Tribe bashed the Rays staff for 18 hits. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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.

What’s Next:
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.

Box Score

Over/Under: James Shields

March 18, 2009

14-8. 3.56 ERA, 3 CG, 2 SHO, 215 IP, 160 K’s

Prediction: Push

Shields put up his best season of his career and was the ace of the staff last year. He will be looked upon to do the same to start this season. Often times last season, he would get into trouble early but it was his ability to shut it down after that kept the Rays in ball games. Shields has all the tools to continue his success: good command on the fastball, a devastating change, and will mix in breaking balls to throw off the hitters. Not to mention he is a fiery pitcher when he’s on the mound and prides himself in being the workhorse of the staff. All those things should lead to a basic repeat of last season (barring any injuries or a complete mechanical meltdown) in which he should easily make it over 200 innings and toss a few complete games. While it’s realistic with good run support he could surpass his win total, the opening two months for the Rays are going to be tough so I see his record being similar to ’08.

Predicted ’09 Stats: 14-7, 3.60 ERA, 2 CG, 2 SHO, 220 IP, 165 K’s