01. Players

  • 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 […]

     
  • 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 7 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 […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    April 2, 2015 at 7:57 am 1 comment

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 3, Yankees 0 (boxscore) THE GOOD: 4 days until Opening Day. THE BAD: 4 days until Opening Day. THE TELLING: Erasmo Ramirez is “expected” to be […]

     
  • Rays trade for starting pitcher from the Seattle Mariners

    Rays trade for starting pitcher from the Seattle Mariners

    March 31, 2015 at 9:30 pm 8 comments

    The Tampa Bay Rays appear to have filled one of the holes in their starting rotation by trading pitcher Mike Montgomery to the Seattle Mariners for young right-handed starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez has spent parts of each of the last three seasons in the big leagues with the Mariners. […]

     
  • Evan Longoria has a new ad campaign promoting everything and it is great

    Evan Longoria has a new ad campaign promoting everything and it is great

    March 26, 2015 at 4:11 pm 2 comments

    New Balance has released a new long-form commercial featuring Evan Longoria along with Olympian Emma Coburn and ESPN host Scott Van Pelt. While the commercial is for New Balance, it also gives a huge plug to ESPN and SportsCenter and the print version of the ad (see below) even promote’s […]

     
  • Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double and he wasn’t going to let Brandon Guyer stop him

    Asdrubal Cabrera hit a double and he wasn’t going to let Brandon Guyer stop him

    March 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm 2 comments

    A funny scene played out in the fifth inning of today’s spring game against the Yankees when the Rays had runners on first and second and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a long fly ball to left-center field. Because the ball hung up in the air for a while, Guyer did not […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    [THE HANGOVER] What Rays fans need to know today

    March 26, 2015 at 8:56 am 4 comments

    The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. RAYS 2, Twins 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: The Rays and Twins have Spring Training complexes that are close to each other so they tend to play […]

     
  • Joe Girardi nails it on why shuffling starting pitchers just for Opening Day is a terrible idea

    Joe Girardi nails it on why shuffling starting pitchers just for Opening Day is a terrible idea

    March 25, 2015 at 7:45 am 15 comments

    Earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Rays made some moves that appeared to be setting up Chris Archer to pitch on Opening Day. The moves seemed odd because it will require the team to alter the pitching schedule of their three top starting pitchers just days before the season starts […]

     
  • Rays make weird move and now it looks like Chris Archer will be the Opening Day starter

    Rays make weird move and now it looks like Chris Archer will be the Opening Day starter

    March 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm 8 comments

    Last week I speculated that Jake Odorizzi would replace the injured Alex Cobb as the Opening Day starter because it would be easier to adjust his schedule (give him one extra day of rest) than to adjust the schedule of Chris Archer (would need to go on short rest). However, […]