01. Players

  • [TRADE DEADLINE] What Do You Like Better..Christmas Or Trading Season?

    [TRADE DEADLINE] What Do You Like Better..Christmas Or Trading Season?

    July 23, 2008 at 3:03 pm 9 comments

    Yesterday we presented our updated Trade Value Index (TVI). With a little over a week until next Thursday’s trade deadline, rather than take a look at the players the Rays may target we will take a look at the players most likely to be sent packing should Andrew Friedman and […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Jonny Gomes Might Be Demoted To Durham

    [THE HANGOVER] Jonny Gomes Might Be Demoted To Durham

    July 23, 2008 at 11:07 am 7 comments

    THE GOOD: Sometimes you watch a game and you just know early on that it is not the Rays’ night. It is easier on the liver. THE BAD: Andy Sonnanstine against the A’s this season. The Rays have only played the A’s 5 times and yet two of their worst […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Cummings Named To Olympic Team, Opens Spot In Durham For David Price

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Cummings Named To Olympic Team, Opens Spot In Durham For David Price

    July 23, 2008 at 10:18 am 1 comment

    Lehigh Valley 4, Durham 3. Ben Hendrickson gave up 4 runs in 5.1 innings…Chris Mason pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief, giving up 3 hits…Fernando Perez was 3-4 with a double. In his last 8 games, he is 16-34 (.471). He is still striking out too much with 14 in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Balfour Is So Confident Now, He Will Tell Batters What Is Coming

    [THE HANGOVER] Balfour Is So Confident Now, He Will Tell Batters What Is Coming

    July 22, 2008 at 11:03 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Scott Kazmir was at his best and kept his pitch count in check. After needing 18 pitches in the first, he only needed 67 over the next 5 innings and was able to work 7 full innings with 103 pitches… BJ Upton. Upton was 2-3 with 2 walks. […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Brignac Sets Goal Of 3,000 Hits

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Brignac Sets Goal Of 3,000 Hits

    July 22, 2008 at 10:22 am 1 comment

    Lehigh Valley 4, Durham 2. Jeremy Cummings fell to 7-3 after giving up 4 runs (3 earned) in 6 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none…Calvin Medlock pitched 2 perfect innings of relief…Fernando Perez was 2-4 with 2 strikeouts and stole his 31st and 32nd bases…Justin Ruggiano struck out […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Dirtbag Slams Halladay And The Jays; Forecast Calls For More Beanballs

    [THE HANGOVER] Dirtbag Slams Halladay And The Jays; Forecast Calls For More Beanballs

    July 20, 2008 at 11:48 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Little Ball and Long Ball. The Rays are not big on “Little Ball”, but it sure helped in the 6th inning. An infield single by Ben Zobrist (OK, it went to the OF, but it bounced over Scott Rolen’s head), a bunt single by Aki Iwamura, a dribbler […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM]

    [DOWN ON THE FARM]

    July 20, 2008 at 9:46 am 0 comments

    Durham 4, Syracuse 1. Jeff Niemann pitched 7 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strike outs…Dan Johnson hit 2 home runs and finished 3-3 with a walk and 3 RBI. He has 16 home runs for Durham. Birmingham 5, Montgomery 3. Dunedin 5, Vero Beach 2. […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Benny Boo Boo’s Shot That May Have Saved Rays Season

    [THE HANGOVER] Benny Boo Boo’s Shot That May Have Saved Rays Season

    July 19, 2008 at 11:50 am 4 comments

    THE GOOD: Ben Zobrist. In the second inning, BenZo made a Jason Bartlett-esque play in the hole, turning and making a one-hop throw to first for the out. Later, with the Rays trailing 1-0 in the 7th and one of the game’s best pitchers on the mound, Eric Hinske drew […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir May Now Make One Less Second-Half Start Due To All-Star Appearance

    [THE HANGOVER] Kazmir May Now Make One Less Second-Half Start Due To All-Star Appearance

    July 18, 2008 at 11:13 am 4 comments

    THE TELLING: Noticed this during the home run derby, but forgot about it…All of the All-Stars had their team’s logo on the right sleeve of the All-Star jerseys (ie. Cubs). However, Evan Longoria’s jersey had the Rays’ fish logo rather than the new sunburst logo. And yes, we are aware […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Get Break At Much Needed Time

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Get Break At Much Needed Time

    July 17, 2008 at 1:17 pm 2 comments

    THE GOOD: We are back after a much-needed 7-day vacation and an even more needed 4-day mini-vacation for 22 of the players and all of the coaches and staff…The AL won the All-Star game with a little help from a couple of Rays. This is significant as it means if […]