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Playing A Little Pepper

Juan Carlos Oviedo was designated for assignment to make room for Jeremy Hellickson who was activated for last night’s start (see GIF below)…The Rays have now won 9 in a row, the second longest streak in team history (12 in 2004). On June 11, the Rays had the worst record in baseball and were 11 games out of the playoffs and 15 games back in the division. Since then, the Rays have gone 27-11 and are now just 3.5 games out of the playoffs and 6.5 back in the division. The two teams to keep the closest eye on right  now are the Yankees and Blue Jays, both 3.5 games ahead of the Rays and playing each other today…The Rays’ shutout last night was their 12th. They have also been shutout 12 times this season. Their 24 games in which one team was held scoreless is second only to the Cardinals (27)…Down on the Farm [boxscores] Enny Romero fell to 4-11 with a 5.29 ERA, giving up 3 runs in 6 innings during the Bulls’ 5-0 loss. No Bulls batter had more than one hit. Montgomery was also shutout, 1-0, with Mike Colla striking out 4 and walking 2 in 6.1 innings. The one run was a solo home run in the first inning. Right fielder Jeff Malm had 3 of the Biscuits’ 4 hits. Joel Peralta threw one scoreless inning for Charlotte, giving up 1 hit and striking out 1. Catcher Justin O’Conner homered for the 4th time in the last 5 games and has 16 hits in his last 9 games. Catcher Nick Ciuffo hit his first home run of the season for Princeton.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

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

Jeremy Hellickson returned last night and when he struck out a batter to end the first inning, he did something strange, he showed some emotion.

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  1. Dave L says:

    I just stared at these Wild Card Standings fellow Rays fans and its just bleak.

    Not just because we lost 1 game. Actually I would feel better if we just broke a 9 game losing streak instead of a winning one and ended up where we are.

    We went from the worst team in the AL to fair to middlin in the standings.

    So we have leaped 5 teams in the Wild Card hunt but 6 teams are ahead of the Rays in the wild card hunt, with the Angels holding a prohibitive 8 game lead over Yanks/Jays for the WC one game hosting.

    Thus the Rays are the 10th best of 15 teams in the AL after this herculean 9 game winning streak.

    Hardly in a position to turn down a great offer for Price/Zobrist for sure.

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