Nonetheless, I want to begin by saying a statement every Rays fan I am sure is saying. When will the season be here already?!
I am really excited for what is in store for our beloved ball club. We finally got the chance to look outside of The Trop for a new stadium and we spent money in free agency fortunately. Ticket plans are being created (the Big 22) and spring training is right around the corner. Our pitching looks to be our driving force once again (when isn’t it?) and our bats actually look like they can score 3-5 runs every game. Below I have made an outlook for all the players added to our roster heading into spring training.
Jaff Decker- Outfielder that has played for the Padres and Pirates organizations. This 25 year old outfielder is a former Padres 1st round pick, was taken ahead of the likes of Charlie Blackmon, Kolten Wong and now former Rays OF Joey Butler. His outlook for the club is pretty good because of his experience in the majors and AAA. Possible fourth outfielder heading into Opening Day.
Steve Pearce- Most notable and most recent acquisition for the club. He is known as a Rays killer because of his miraculous .267/.387/.603/.990 stat line. In addition to that line, he has hit 10 home runs and brought in 19 runs against the Rays. Having him on the Rays side is definite plus. Steve is from Lakeland, Florida and has the ability to play left field, first base and occasionally DH for the team now.
Justin Marks- A 28 year old southpaw that formerly pitched in the minors for the Diamondbacks, Rangers and Royals organizations. In his time in the minors, he has a record of 33-53 with a 4.73 ERA. Justin can prove to be a solid piece in AAA and could possibly be used on occasion if injuries were to run through the bullpen in the majors.
Adam Wilk- Also a 28 year old southpaw, but has pitched in the Angels, Pirates and Tigers organizations. He has been in the minors for 6 years and has a record of 44-48 with a 3.59 ERA.
Eddie Gamboa- Gamboa has spent 8 minor league seasons in the Baltimore Orioles organization. He owns a record of 50-52 with a 3.61 ERA. He is a 31 year old right handed pitcher and has been in the minors for a while should be exciting to see if he can prove his value in spring training for the Rays.
Kyle Roller- Roller has spent 6 minor league seasons in the Yankees organization. He is a first baseman and owns a stat line of .268/.362/.458/.820. He has hit a total of 96 home runs in the minors.
Dana Eveland- Has spent parts of 10 years in the majors with 9 different teams. He has been a pitcher that seems to give up a run every time he steps on the mound. However, his experience in the game can prove to be valuable for the young Rays team not only in the major league club heading to spring training but if he makes it to AAA.
Danny Farquhar- When you look at his career splits he has outstanding numbers in all the categories that relievers have to be “clutch” in, such as low batting averages of players hitting in the 3 and 4 hole and pitching in the late innings. Look for him to pitch say an inning or against hot batters for Kevin Cash this upcoming season. (Career numbers in 7th-9th innings- 143.1 IP, 3.58 ERA, .231/.302/.351)
Logan Morrison- Morrison comes in a lefty power bat that has been needed for quite some time and has the ability to play first base and of course designate hit. His potential is still there and he is still relatively young at 28 years of age. The site Baseball reference has Morrison hitting 15 HR and bringing in 53 runs.
Brad Miller- Also acquired in the first trade of the offseason along with Farquhar and Morrison, he is coming in to this club as the player that will play shortstop. He is from Orlando, Florida and is close friends with Richie Schaffer and Nick Franklin because of their days in Clemson and Franklin being from Orlando as well, respectively. Arbitration eligible next year gives the team a controllable infielder that could hit 10+ home runs and is a solid defensive piece in the shortstop position.
I am definitely looking forward to Fan Fest on February 27th, hope the chance to meet more people from Rays Nation!
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The David DeJesus situation was something I believed was in the top three things to do this offseason to
address either to keep him or make room for him to play regularly or to ship him out and save that
money that he is due to make which is about $5 million.
It’s rather obvious that the Rays outfield is heavily crowded with very good talent. From the likes of
veteran Desmond Jennings, outfield sensation Kevin Kiermaier, solid player in Brandon Guyer,
newcomer in Steven Souza Jr. that should make a splash once playing regularly and in the minors players
like Mikie Mahtook and Boog Powell.
Possible destinations that would suit DeJesus include: Texas Rangers (seem to have no clear Left Fielder
it seems), Philadelphia Phillies (could use a corner outfielder and veteran presence like DeJesus), and the
Toronto Blue Jays (Injury to Michael Saunders).
DeJesus’ veteran leadership, presence & charisma on and off the field is needed for any team and is
certainly appreciated not only from the Rays themselves but any of the other 29 teams but for the
better of this ball club he needs to be shipped out for our younger players to develop the talent they
have just like he got to develop his own talent to who he has become today.
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In 2014, the middle infield was set by what we saw as a great dynamic duo in Yunel Escobar manning the
shortstop position and Ben “Zorilla” Zobrist manning second base.
During the offseason, many changes were made from top to bottom in the organization as a whole. One
change Matt Silverman, new general manager of the Rays, made was actually trade the middle infield
every day guys (Yunel Escobar to the Nationals and Ben Zobrist to the Oakland A’s).
Silverman then went out and signed Middle Infielder, Asdrubal Cabrera to a one year $7.5 million
contract. Nick Franklin, a player acquired in the David Price deal got some time to play in AAA Durham
and some Majors action in September, is seen as the next probable middle infielder. The third candidate
for the vacant spots is Tim Beckham, a former #1 pick. Beckham has had his issues in the minors but it
looks like he’s seriously on the right track and ready to give it a go and become an everyday big league
player for the Rays.
Logan Forsythe isn't seen as much of a threat to the three listed just because he will be used more in my
eyes in a super utility role to back up Longoria and Loney as well as man second base in late game
I believe that Cabrera will go back to being the every day shortstop for this upcoming 2015 season and
Franklin will be our 2nd baseman. I am really excited to see all the changes that have occurred
throughout our team and excited for what is in store this season!
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In this blog, I will be talking about September baseball and a weird baseball season for our Rays plus an interview with Rays Live Reporter Kelly Nash!
September baseball. So much fun to watch when your team’s prospects are brought up. Some of the regulars get some much needed rest for the postseason. And fantasy baseball playoffs have started. Unfortunately, for our Tampa Bay Rays we will be celebrating with champagne, smiles, and selfies. We will cheering our team on and thanking them for a very good effort this season as we look forward to getting to where we should be next season, the postseason of course.
This season has been rather interesting of course, better described as a roller coaster. From that 1-14 stretch from May 26th to June 11th to going 11-1 from July 12th to July 29th. From Matt Moore’s unfortunate injury to the emergence to Alex Cobb being the leader of the rotation. From David Price being traded in the MLB trading deadline July 31st to newly acquired Drew Smyly going 3-1 with a 1.70 ERA as a Ray. Lastly, from Wil Myers injury to the emergence of outfield superstars in Brandon Guyer and Kevin Kiermaier.
The main focus heading into the offseason into the 2015 season is offense. The Rays lead the league in strikeouts and rank 23rd in runs and 22nd in RBIs. If you have watched more than at least 10 games this season, I’m sure you have seen that the Rays have not been able to bring in the runners on base. It’s been an issue all season long. Not sure if the Rays head toward firing Derek Shelton or bring in another hitting coach to assist him but whatever it is they need help there.
Over the past month, since my last blog, the Rays have seen good things from Yunel Escobar in that two home run game to Nathan Karns seven shutout innings outing in Toronto. Luckily, the Rays have been pretty good on the road recording an above .500 record since 2012 being the last time that was done.
1.) Thoughts on fan interaction with sports:
“The business of sports begins with the fans. My role, and the role of any sports journalist, is based on a need to get information to the fans. Fan interaction should be nurtured, supported, and appreciated. Always. Without fans, we would not have sports. It's reality.”
2.) Favorite time of year in baseball season:
“The postseason!!! The intensity, the pressure, the play, and the vibes are all elevated. Baseball has the longest road to the postseason and despite the 162-game grind, the players find a renewed source of energy to compete from. It's magical, really.”
3.) Atmosphere like working for Rays:
“The Rays are one of the most respectful, friendly, funny, and just chill group of guys to be around. A very easy going environment. Add that to a first-class front office. My job is too easy!!!”
4.) Best/worst interview you've done:
“I can't call out my worst!!! Hahah!!! Nice try though. Any interview with our starting 5 seems to be my best because they are just honest, candid, and open. A quality group that delivers quality responses. I appreciate it.”
5.) Favorite thing about Rays nation as a whole from organization to players to fans:
“Rays Nation is interesting because of the newness of this club. My favorite thing about Rays Nation is that they are always the underdog. And I love the underdog. From fan support to salary to history this club has not been around very long, and always seems to find themselves making history. “
6.) Favorite hobby?
“I love, love, love to travel. I'd love to just drive to the airport one day, pick a flight to a city I've never been to, and hop on. Figure it out from there. How cool would that be?! Maybe one day... “
7.) Favorite meal and beverage?
“A nice filet steak (cooked medium hehe) with asparagus, a spinach salad, and macaroni and cheese would have to be tops on my list. As far as a bevvy goes, I drink mostly water. Sometimes with a little Crystal Light. Lameeee. I know.”
8.) Childhood favorite baseball player?
“I had Cal Ripkin Jr and Derek Jeter posters on my wall growing up so I would have to say either of them. You can't pick from two greats, can you? I also loved watching A.J. Burnett.”
9.) Favorite movie and line from it? (Got this question from your interview with Odorizzi)
I would have to say Angels in the Outfield is pretty high up there and you have to love the "Hey, it could happen!" line. Whenever this flick is on TV my friend Tex never fails to let me know!!
10.) What drives you to become who you are today and want to accomplish later on in life?
“I've often thought about inner drive. What creates it? Where does it come from? I think inner drive is something you're born with. There was never a backup plan for me in my mind when I envisioned my life at a very early age. I made a plan and stuck with it. We'll see what else I can dream up and focus on, right?:)”
Welcome to the Summer edition of the Rays Nation blog! It has been a very fun time for our squad and more recently a weird, sad time for ourselves in Rays Nation. Plus I got an interview for you guys with Jonah Keri, a New York Times Bestselling author that writes for Grantland now.
Good news first, the team has performed to the expectations we had heading into the season. Our pitching staff even though it isn’t complete has performed very outstanding. David Price, Alex Cobb, Jake Odorizzi, Chris Archer throughout the months of May, June & July have very good stats. Brandon Guyer, Kevin Kiermaier and Logan Forsythe have been phenomenal contributors as well. In bad news, David Price got traded to the Detroit Tigers. In return, the Rays got LHP Drew Smyly, INF Nick Franklin and SS Willy Adames. Our future is still bright and these additions are surely going to allow our ball club to continue on contending for years to come.
Kevin Kiermaier- He batted .311 with 8 HR, 25 RBI, and 4 SB.
Jake Odorizzi- He has pitched to a 6-5 record with a 3.00 ERA on 90 IP with 107 K.
Sean Rodriguez- He’s become mainly the guy to come off the bench and spark the offense in a way. S- Rod has a .263 AVG/.333 OBP/.421 SLG split as a pinch hitter with a home run and four runs batted in.
The amazing back end
Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee in the month of July became in many fans eyes as the official 8th and 9th inning guys respectively. Their stats rightfully prove that they should be given that role and hopefully someday they receive the official title.
Boxberger went 1-0 with a save and 20 K. He did not allow a run in any of his appearances throughout the month of July.
McGee went 9-9 in save opportunities and got 20 K as well.
Welcome to our team!
Drew Smyly- He had a 6-9 record with the Detroit Tigers this season with a 3.93 ERA and 89 K.
David Price- Price owns some very impressive stats in the 7 years he was with the club.
82-47 3.18 ERA 1065 K 4 All Star app. 1 Cy Young (2012)
I cannot thank him enough for everything he did for not only our team but the amazing community of Tampa Bay in general. His spectacular performances on the mound can easily be compared as spectacular to his off the field work. I’m thankful I got to see him do what he loves to do at the Trop, meeting him in person and meeting Tiffany, Astro, and David’s parents has also been an honor and something I’m really grateful for. David Price will forever be one of my favorite baseball players of all time and I can’t wait to someday tell my kids about one of my role models.
Interview with Jonah Keri:
1.) Does someone have to step up and be the leader of the rotation for the rays or will they guide themselves to getting the job done every 5 days? If someone does who?
--No. Good pitching is good pitching.
2.) The big asset you think the rays have that no other team has
--None. They do a lot of things well, but I wouldn't say there's anything that's completely unique.
3.) Do you see nick franklin eventually taking over Ben Zobrist's role in the team?
--That's what the Rays want to have happen. I'd bet against Franklin being quite that good though.
4.) Who's rotation would you take the postseason if you could choose any right now?
--Once Sanchez is back healthy, Tigers.
5.) If Montreal got a team next season what league and division would you want them to join and why?
--Montreal isn't getting a team any time in the foreseeable future.
Getting to know Jonah Keri
6.) Favorite music artist & song?
--I don't really have one. Eclectic music taste.
7.) Favorite mlb ballpark?
--Current: AT&T Park. All-time: Tiger Stadium.
8.) 2nd favorite sport & player if you'd like?
--Baseball is my second-favorite sport. Favorite is basketball.
9.) Favorite part of doing what you do?
--Freedom to cover any topics I want.
10.) Something about the expos many folks don't know about? Could be anything
--One of the original proposed names for the team was Nationals.
To wrap it up, expectations for this team never get lower from my perspective and I hope they keep pushing for the wild card spots and hopefully even the division title. But until then, just like Joe Maddon and we hear the players say, we gotta take it one game at a time. Stay tuned for the August and September edition of this blog!!
Take care Rays Nation
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Opening Week for Tampa Bay Rays Baseball
Hello Rays Nation hope you all had a great opening week. I know I did! I got the opportunity to go to Opening day and to go the Wil Myers bobblehead night. The opportunity to see my favorite player Mr. David Price pitch twice was honestly an honor. Rays pitching and hitting was very good both games and we got the W against the Blue Jays and Rangers, respectively.
The Rays right now sit in first place with a record of 4-3. We have scored 31 runs in these 7 games. So far we are just 1-0 in one run games which in this game is really important. So far the Rays lead the league in OBP with a .357. The Rays fielding is doing awesome so far as well. One error through 7 games and they lead the league in putouts with 189. The Rays pitching has a .211 BAA and an ERA of 2.57 which is very solid. Players wise, Matt Joyce has a .412 Batting Average leads the team in RBIs with 5. David Price leads the team in strikeouts through 7 games with 12. Just note these are all early stats but I am stating them because it’s just the beginning there’s many amazing things to come.
The Rays spring training was also a success. Many players made a name for themselves and one player I am really happy he did was Outfielder Brandon Guyer. He played his heart out during the spring and got rewarded with an Outfielder spot. His base running skills, bat and defense are going to come in handy for Joe Maddon throughout the season. The Rays ended up in first place in the Grapefruit League standings with a record of 16-7 and a winning percentage of .696. Longo, Moore and Sands led the team with 3 Home Runs and not a surprise, David Price led the team with 20 strikeouts. Overall the team got much needed readiness for a season that we all have exciting expectations for.
I got the much appreciated opportunity to interview Mr. Vince Belnome that got called up for a game this week for when Sean Rodriguez had to be on a paternity leave for his newborn baby. Congratulations to Sean by the way.
Rays interview with INF Vince Belnome
1.) Describe the expectations you had for spring training coming in
-“I expected to compete and learn a lot. I figured I would be back in AAA but ya never know”
2.) What blew you away from spring training like something you learned, a teammate’s talent?
-“Playing vs. all these guys you watch on tv that are the best players in the game. It was very humbling.”
3.) How was it playing for Joe Maddon?
-“Joe is awesome very laid back and just asks that you play hard! Great to play for”
4.) What are the things you really want to improve on this season?
-“Want to improve my defensive side and base running part of my game.. But you can always improve on everything”
5.) Funniest teammate in spring training? And a joke if you want to say
“Kevin Kiermaier is one of the funniest people I know.. Always in a good mood and that boy just makes me laugh”
6.) Someone you think is a stud but no one recognizes him enough
-“Again Kevin probably because there’s a difference in being drafted in the later rounds and you have to succeed at everything to advance!”
Getting to know Vince Belnome
1.) Favorite movie and actor?
-“Movie- Tombstone & Actor- Clint Eastwood”
2.) Favorite music artist right now and of all time?
-“Now- Brantley Gilbert”
-“All time- Hank Williams Jr”
3.) Childhood favorite baseball player?
4.) What has motivated you to become what you are today and want to be later on?
-“My family, friends, and beautiful fiancé and being able to provide for her.. It’s been my dream since I was young and it keeps me motivated”
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Have a good one and Go Rays!
Welcome back to another exciting season of Rays Baseball folks hope you had a great offseason and are as excited as I am for a very exciting group of players we have the chance to call our Rays. We got everyone back basically said but let go of some key players of last year’s group. We let go if you haven’t been aware of Fernando Rodney has gone to Seattle, Alex Torres to San Diego, Kelly Johnson to the Yankees, the Wrights’ (Jamey to the Dodgers and Wesley to the Cubs), and most recently Jose Lobaton to Washington. Our additions to our squad include Grant Balfour, Heath Bell, Brad Boxberger, Nathan Karns, and Ryan Hanigan. The Rays managed to keep our players and improve the squad to the point in which a lot of the media is considering the Rays a contender. Honestly, I couldn’t be any more excited to see how this season turns out.
One big topic that is always talked about is the trade situation with David Price. I am not going to lie I was one of the believers that thought he was going to get traded this offseason but luckily Friedman didn’t trade him. I do not believe he will get traded this season unless something dramatic happens to the team and doesn’t perform to contend for a playoff spot. I honestly hope they find a way to keep him for the long run. Price does not want to leave Tampa Bay, he loves the environment, the people and what he has going on here.
I am going to give you my predicted 25 man roster in a depth chart format heading into the 2014 season.
Catcher- Ryan Hanigan
1st Base- James Loney
2nd Base- Ben Zobrist
3rd Base- Evan Longoria
Shortstop- Yunel Escobar
Left Field- David DeJesus
Center Field- Desmond Jennings
Right Field- Wil Myers
Designated Hitter- Matt Joyce
Bench- Jose Molina, Logan Forsythe, Sean Rodriguez
5 man rotation- David Price, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, and Erik Bedard
Closer- Grant Balfour
Setup Men- Jake McGee & Joel Peralta
Relievers- Brad Boxberger, Cesar Ramos, Heath Bell, Juan Carlos Oviedo
My big question is who will be the 25th man. I am very indecisive on that one. The candidates are RHP Jake Odorizzi, RHP Nate Karns, OF Brandon Guyer, RHP Josh Lueke, and OF Kevin Kiermaier.
Reasoning why they should be number 25
Odorizzi- Has some Major League experience already. He is 0-2 with a 4.14 ERA with 37.0 IP and 26 Ks. He is seen as a starting pitcher in the Rays eyes and can work very well in the rotation. Many people believe he is ready to be the number 5 starter for the team but I still have my doubts.
Karns- Nate has some Major League experience already with the Nationals. He pitched in 3 games for them with 12.0 IP, has a 7.50 ERA and 11 Ks. He has power stuff and can be the long right handed reliever for the team. If the Rays feel the need to have two long relievers instead of one then I can see them putting him on the team but for now he’s more likely to go to AAA.
Guyer- Brandon is due to be on the Rays squad. He has struggled in the big leagues but I feel like he has developed and should be ready to contribute as the 5th outfielder for the team behind Joyce being the Designated Hitter.
Lueke- Josh was someone fun to watch in my eyes when he got called up last season. He had miraculous numbers, he went 3-1 with a 0.63 ERA, pitched in 40 games, went 17 for 18 in save situations, .196 AVG, and 81 Ks. Awesome numbers needless to say but he may end up in AAA. If Heath Bell doesn’t live up to his expectations then I can see Lueke taking his spot in the bullpen.
Kiermaier- HOV or Kevin, whatever you want to call him. He has a great story if you haven’t read about it. Mr. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has written one on one of his stories. He had a .992 fielding percentage in AAA last season and he got called up to play in Game 163 vs the Texas Rangers last season. I think he is favored over Guyer but I could be wrong. We will see what the Rays end up doing.
Bedard- I have Erik Bedard in the rotation just because of his experience and I think that he will be used as an innings eater until Hellickson comes back rather than having Odorizzi coming in and starting until Hellickson coming back.
Team MVP- Evan Longoria, I think this is his year that he will breakout. In my eyes, he hasn’t had that year but I surely think this year is the year.
Rookie of the Year- Jake Odorizzi. The top prospect of the Rays in my opinion will be the team’s ROY just because he will be able to play the most games out of all rookies and be able to contribute in a positive way for the team.
Underrated Player- Chris Archer, he will be much underrated in the sense that he won’t be talked about much. He will give the Rays a good amount of innings and will be able to mix up more his pitches. Plus having David Price still there as his mentor, that has really helped him grow more into what he wants to become, an elite Major League pitcher.
Wild Prediction- the Rays will go 96-66, not so much a wild prediction but many others would believe so.
*The Rays payroll this season has gone up to about $80 million, which is a team record.
Hope you all enjoy Spring Training and get ready for a spectacular 2014 Season. Can’t wait to keep writing Rays blogs for you all.
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Until then, Take care.
The Tampa Bay Rays have now completed the first half of the 2013 MLB Season with a 55-41 record and are in first place in the wild card and as of now 3 games back in the first place Boston Red Sox. The team had a phenomenal run towards the end in the weakest part of their schedule going 12-2. The Rays went 9-1 in their home stand against the Astros and the Twins.
MVP- James Loney
.316 AVG 9 HR 43 RBI 39 R 3 SB
Loney has been an amazing contributor for the Tampa Bay offense and defense. The past couple years the Rays have shifted around who plays 1st but now we have a player that can play it day in and day out 90% of the time errorless.
LVP- Roberto Hernandez
5-10 4.90 ERA 18 G 108.1 IP 59 ER 84 SO
Hernandez has had the worst luck out of the 24 other men on the roster. His stuff is there but he hasn’t been able to put it together like everyone else. In the 2nd half of the season, he possibly may be heading to be the long reliever of the Rays just because Alex Cobb is on his way back and Chris Archer is looking like he will be in the rotation for the rest of the season leaving Hernandez as the odd man out.
Under the radar MVP- Alex Torres
3-0 0.34 ERA 16 G 26.1 IP 1 ER 33 SO
Torres is truly become one of Joe Maddon’s secret weapons in a game coming out of the bullpen. Torres has allowed only one earned run in 16 games. Outstanding. Look for him to continue being a consistent reliever heading into the postseason.
Wild Prediction- Wil Myers will win Rookie of the Year
Trade Deadline Prediction- Friedman does one trade, acquires a piece that will help in the coming years.
Special Congratulations to Ben Zobrist (2B/SS/RF), Matt Moore (LHP), Chris Westmoreland (Equipment Manager, Home Clubhouse), Jose Fernandez (Assistant Manager, Home Clubhouse), Guy Gallagher (Visitors Clubhouse Manager), and Ron Porterfield (Head Athletic Trainer).
Chris Archer throws first CG and CG shutout against the Astros on 7/14/13
David Price since his return from Triceps Injury- 2-1 3 G 25 IP 3 ER 18 K’s
Kelly Johnson has put up great numbers in the first half being a versatile player in playing 2nd base, 3rd base and Left Field
.236 AVG 13 HR 44 RBI 30 R 7 SB
Enjoy the All Star break Rays fans. Until then.
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The Tampa Bay Rays are seen by many people around the country and or world in many different ways. Some fans see the upper management as smart guys doing the right thing or idiots that don’t know what they’re doing. Some fans, also, may see the players are unproductive as might others see them as worth their dollar players. By worth their dollar, I mean to say that they are worth what the Rays have signed them too.
Currently, the Rays are 7-10 and sit 4th in the division. The Rays are on a 2 game winning
streak after losing series’ to the Rangers, Red Sox and the Orioles. The Rays
went 2-7 in their road trip.
It truly is sad that our team has those numbers (could be better)
but at the same time we have a new look in our lineup and our guys are
adjusting. James Loney (in my eyes the MVP of this season’s club) is solid
numbers. In 16 total games played he has a .308 BA, .386 OBP, and a .487 SLG.
With one home run, 8 RBIs, 4 doubles, and 1 SB; he looks like he is going to
have himself a big season. Joe Maddon has never spoken much about Loney and
doesn’t seem like he will, while giving us the understanding that Loney will
quietly have a quality year for the team.
In the 3 & 4 hole, Zobrist and Longoria are looking like they
will also have very good years too. Zobrist in 16 games played has a .286 BA,
.388 OBP, .393 SLG with one home run (as well as Loney), 12 RBIs, 3 doubles and
2 SB. While Longoria, in 16 GP he has a .281 BA, .364 OBP, .509 SLG, 4 HRs, 9
RBIs and one double. Zobrist and Longoria are looking to carry the team into the
right direction with their bats.
Pitching will forever be important to the Tampa Bay Rays franchise.
Matt Moore is leading the Rays staff with impressive stats. He is 3-0 with a
1.00 ERA, 18 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 20 Ks, and 10 K/9. Out of the bullpen,
Fernando Rodney tonight looked great getting the save on a 1-0 victory
against the A’s. Rodney is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 Ks,
and 7.7 K/9.
As a look to the future, I believe that we will climb up to the Red
Sox and have a battle for first place. The blue jays won’t be the same without
Jose Reyes, the Yankees are the Yankees and the Orioles don’t have what the Red
Sox and Rays are and will be showing in the coming months.
Rays Nation, be patient with the team we’ve come to love oh so much
throughout the years. They will be working their butts off to get where they are
supposed to be and want to be.
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