Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays are now 46-53, 4.5 games behind the Blue Jays for 3rd place in the East (5 in loss column). The win also moved the Rays ahead of the Twins in the Wild Card standings and there are now 5 teams between the Rays and the Mariners. The White Sox are the next rung on the ladder, 1.5 games ahead of the Rays…[Down on the Farm] Alex Colome struck out 8 and allowed just 1 run in the Bulls’ 3-1 loss. Jayson Nix went 4-4 with a double and a triple.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Matt Joyce, LF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Brandon Guyer, DH
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. Curt Casali, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  10. Chris Archer, SP

 

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  1. Dave L says:

    today is the day once cited by JoeMa

    it seemed a bit silly at the time but actually it was a good point.

    50-50 was unrealistic but it was really where the Rays needed to be to make a run. So today we have a shot at 47-53 which seemed unattainable as well so hats off to them for the turnaround.

    This run and the outstanding play of Zobrist and Price have been a godsend to the Rays to be able to deal from a position of strength, rather than weakness when Zobrist was injured, the Rays reeling and Price dealing up too many moonshots.

    We are close enough to have hope but I think as we near the trade deadline things will sort themselves out. But dealing right now is when those two will have thier maximum value so it wouldn't surprise me. But at this point it would likely kill clubhouse morale in a streaking team.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      I can relate to your logic, but sometimes the opposite effect happens as well. Sometimes a team sees the unloading as a personal affront that they're not good enough to win and they parlay that chip on their shoulder into over-performing to prove they can excel without the lost pieces.

      Right now the Rays are like the hot blonde at the bar that keeps looking over at you with those come-hither eyes which convinces you that you've got a chance, but when you go over to make your move she takes a free drink and turns her back (not that that ever happened to me... cough, cough)

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  2. Political_Man says:

    If the Rays split in St. Louis and come home and beat up on the Red Sox, how the world can you sell? Right now the Rays are 6 games out of a wild card spot. This is completely doable in my opinion.

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