Archive for April, 2010

  • A 2010 Projection In Which Tampa Bay Rays Finish 113-49

    A 2010 Projection In Which Tampa Bay Rays Finish 113-49

    April 6, 2010 at 10:30 am 12 comments

    A recent look at several systems suggests the Rays will win about 91 games this season and finish third in the AL East. That’s nice, but what is the full potential for the 2010 Tampa Bay Rays? In the PECOTA projections over at Baseball Prospectus they actually provide a range […]

     
  • The 2010 Rays Index Pledge Drive

    The 2010 Rays Index Pledge Drive

    April 6, 2010 at 9:00 am 3 comments

    Last year we raised a little money for “The Rays Baseball Foundation,” the charity arm of the Tampa Bay Rays. This year we wanted to see if we could come up with a way to raise a little bit more.  Our idea comes from the guys at River Ave. Blues. Here is how it works… This […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Longoria’s Thievery, The Opening Day Lineup And Blalock’s Opt-Out Updated

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Longoria’s Thievery, The Opening Day Lineup And Blalock’s Opt-Out Updated

    April 6, 2010 at 7:12 am 3 comments

    One fun story to watch this summer will be Evan Longoria’s stolen bases. Yes, we said stolen bases. Dirtbag is not known for his speed, but in his first two seasons, Longoria has stolen 16 bases without being caught. That is 11 shy of Tim Raines’ major league record of […]

     
  • Introducing The Raysheads Forum

    April 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm 2 comments

    Tired of discussions getting buried under newer posts or lost among other comments? Try out the new RAYSHEADS FORUM! Over there you can discuss the Rays, the farm system, trade rumors, free agency or just Major League Baseball in general. We tried to design something that was simple to use […]

     
  • Retro Blog: 2008 ALCS Game 7, Red Sox @ Rays

    Retro Blog: 2008 ALCS Game 7, Red Sox @ Rays

    April 5, 2010 at 10:24 am 15 comments

    Today is opening day in Major League Baseball. One of the holiest days of the year. Well, it is for everybody except the Rays and Orioles who will not play until tomorrow night at The Trop. So everybody else gets to celebrate and we are left chomping at the bit […]

     
  • The Mathematical Definition Of “One Tough Ass Division”

    The Mathematical Definition Of “One Tough Ass Division”

    April 5, 2010 at 9:00 am 7 comments

    In 2006 and 2007, we called this “The Mathematical Definition Of ‘No Chance In Hell.” In 2008 it was “The Mathematical Definition Of ‘The Rays Are Getting Warmer,” and last year it was “The Mathematical Definition Of “Rays Are In For A Dogfight.” In one of our favorite preseason posts, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Book Recommendation, Dirtbag’s New Commercial And Minor League Rosters

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss A Book Recommendation, Dirtbag’s New Commercial And Minor League Rosters

    April 5, 2010 at 7:25 am 2 comments

    We just got done reading Beyond Batting Average, by Lee Panas of Detroit Tiger Tales. It is an introductory book on Sabermetrics and the new-age baseball statistics that you often see referenced here and on other sites. Beyond Batting Average is not going to overwhelm you with math. Rather, it does an […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Shop’s Big Blast, A Rays Futures Game And Kazmir’s Bum Shoulder

    [THE HANGOVER] The One Where We Discuss Shop’s Big Blast, A Rays Futures Game And Kazmir’s Bum Shoulder

    April 4, 2010 at 8:46 am 14 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. THE GOOD: Kelly Shoppach. Shoppach hit a grand slam off of Jeremy Hellickson. THE BAD: Future Stars. We like the idea of the Rays playing exhibition […]

     
  • Rays Index Turns Four

    Rays Index Turns Four

    April 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm 6 comments

    On this date four years ago, a biology professor that was hiding from his students during office hours on opening day of the baseball season, started a blog. That Professor had little idea what he was doing as is clearly evident in his first-ever post, a post that included a […]

     
  • 2010 Tampa Bay Rays 40-Man Roster And Payroll

    2010 Tampa Bay Rays 40-Man Roster And Payroll

    April 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm 3 comments

    Now that the opening day roster has been set, let’s take a look at the final 40-man roster and the opening day payroll… A few notes on the 40-man roster… Once Elliot Johnson clears waivers the Rays will have 36 players on the 40-man roster. It is assumed that two […]