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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