This post, which will appear before every game, will include starting lineups (when we learn them) and during the game will include a Game Graph that will constantly update the percent chance the Rays have of winning this particular game.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Playing A Little Pepper

If so many pitchers are using pine tar during games, shouldn’t baseball just make it legal?

On the one hand (pun intended), pitchers are doing the same thing hitters are doing with their bats. They are using pine tar to get a better grip. And this isn’t a case of doctoring a baseball. But how do you regulate it? MLB can’t just make all use legal. At some point, if a pitcher puts enough pine tar on his fingers, he will be doctoring the baseball. So how much is enough? What baseball needs to do is find a substance that when lightly added, gives the pitcher a better grip on balls that can be quite slippery, but that won’t actually transfer to the ball. But until the chemists solve that riddle, pine tar must remain illegal…NOPE


  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. Carlos Pena, 1B
  3. BJ Upton, CF
  4. Hideki Matsui, RF
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. Elliot Johnson, SS
  7. Jose Molina, C
  8. Sean Rodriguez, 3B
  9. Chris Archer, SP

Song to get you pumped up





  1. Dave L says:

    Pine tar isnt illegal per say in baseball its in every dugout in large quantities.

    Its illegality comes in its excessive use which is effect a judgement call.

    Peralta was just famous obviously for keeping a big glob in his glove whereas other guys are more discreet, some keep a little on thier hat bills.

    Its kind of chickenshit gamesmanship on Johnsons part. It was more an F U to Peralta than anything.

    That call to check Peraltas glove was set in stone the day the 2012 MLB schedule landed in old Davys inbo.

    Pine tar IS THE LEGAL SUBSTANCE in basball. Its excessive use is what is illegal for everybody.

  2. Rich says:

    This is the first time I have really watched Strasburg other than the highlights you see on ESPN. B.A. said he normally has great commond, looks to me like he is having trouble getting a good grip on the ball. hmmm....

  3. Rich says:

    sorry... command, not commond

  4. Lane Meyer says:

    Strasburg's glove also looked suspiciously new tonight


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