Articles by: Cork Gaines
 

  • Ben Zobrist hit a home run in his first at bat with the Oakland A’s

    Ben Zobrist hit a home run in his first at bat with the Oakland A’s

    April 6, 2015 at 9:35 pm 3 comments

    Are you sitting down? You should probably sit down. In the first inning of his first game with the Oakland A’s, Ben Zobrist hit a no-doubt 2-run home run for the Oakland A’s on the second pitch he saw. To make matters worse, Sam Fuld was the runner on base. […]

     
  • The Rays lose two more players to injuries

    The Rays lose two more players to injuries

    April 6, 2015 at 4:15 pm 5 comments

    The season is not even one game old and the Rays can now add two more players, John Jaso and Burch Smith, to their list of wounded which already includes six players on the disabled list. After walking to lead off the bottom of the first, John Jaso attempted to […]

     
  • The season hasn’t even started and the national media is already crapping on Rays fans

    The season hasn’t even started and the national media is already crapping on Rays fans

    April 6, 2015 at 9:45 am 6 comments

    There are bad signs that attendance at Rays games will actually go down this year. At the same time, TV ratings will undoubtedly remain strong which is the best indicator that the problem with attendance is the stadium, not a lack of interest. But let’s not let facts get in […]

     
  • Chris Archer had to change his routine in order to start on Opening Day

    Chris Archer had to change his routine in order to start on Opening Day

    April 6, 2015 at 8:25 am 4 comments

    If you have been reading Rays Index for the last couple of weeks then it is no surprise to you that Chris Archer had to alter his routine in order to pitch in game No. 1 instead of game No. 2. Now we have the details via Marc Topkin. By […]

     
  • Rays projected to win 83 games, have 37% chance to make playoffs

    Rays projected to win 83 games, have 37% chance to make playoffs

    April 6, 2015 at 7:45 am 1 comment

    The 2015 Tampa Bay Rays are projected to win 82.6 games and have a 37.0% chance of making the playoffs based on the average of three popular projection system. The three projection systems (PECOTA, Fangraphs, CAIRO) project the statistics for all players and then simulate the season thousands of times. […]

     
  • Rays complete the trifecta with ‘Opening Series’ logo

    Rays complete the trifecta with ‘Opening Series’ logo

    April 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm 1 comment

    Major League Baseball has this weird thing they do where they celebrate “Opening Day” in some cities, “Opening Week” in other cities, and even “Opening Series” in some situations. Each of the honors carries it’s own logo which leads to weird situations where teams will still have the “Opening Day” […]

     
  • Here is the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster and lineup

    Here is the 2015 Tampa Bay Rays Opening Day roster and lineup

    April 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm 4 comments

    It’s time to get excited! The Rays announced their final cuts (including Curt Casali and CJ Riefenhauser) and informed players who will make the team, including second catcher Bobby Wilson and relievers Kirby Yates and Steve Geltz. So, barring any trades or injuries, this will be the Opening Day roster […]

     
  • Tim Beckham ‘looks like a big leaguer’

    Tim Beckham ‘looks like a big leaguer’

    April 3, 2015 at 4:40 pm 2 comments

    It has been a long time coming, but it appears that former No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Beckham is ready to put the minors behind him for good. In their recent “Countdown to Opening Day” show, Andy Freed and Dave Wills were discussing how well a few young players […]

     
  • Anonymous manager says he would rather have Drew Smyly than David Price

    Anonymous manager says he would rather have Drew Smyly than David Price

    April 2, 2015 at 11:36 am 8 comments

    Tim Kurkjian was a guest on Buster Olney’s “Baseball Tonight” podcast when he was asked to name three “sleepers” for the 2015 season. The second player Kurkjian named was Drew Smyly and the praise was so good that Kurkjian even mentioned that one manager told him they would rather have […]

     
  • Map shows the most popular team in every Florida county

    Map shows the most popular team in every Florida county

    April 2, 2015 at 10:55 am 1 comment

    Facebook has released their annual map which looks at the most popular Major League Baseball team in every county in the United States. The full map can be seen at this link. However, here is a closer look at the state of Florida. Some notes on the map: The Rays’ […]