01. Players

  • [THE HANGOVER] Sometimes Good Teams Get Lucky

    [THE HANGOVER] Sometimes Good Teams Get Lucky

    August 23, 2008 at 2:05 pm 0 comments

    THE GOOD: Rocco Baldelli hit his first major league home run since May ’07. THE BAD: Edwin Jackson. How in the world Jackson got through 6 innings with only 2 runs is either an indictment on the White Sox offense or the Rays just got lucky last night. THE TELLING: […]

     
  • [KING DAVID] David Price Nominated For Minor League Player Of The Year

    [KING DAVID] David Price Nominated For Minor League Player Of The Year

    August 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm 0 comments

    David Price is one of 5 finalists for “USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year“. Fan voting will constitute a portion of the final balot. For the third consecutive year, reader voting will count as one ballot, and will be tabulated along with those submitted by our USA TODAY […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Magic Number Is Now 32

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Magic Number Is Now 32

    August 21, 2008 at 2:06 pm 2 comments

    DEVIL RAYS WEBTOPIA… Troy Percival will throw from a mound on Monday and said he could pitch now but will throw a couple of bullpen sessions until the team deems him ready. [St. Pete Times] Joe Maddon’s managerial style is certainly unique. John Romano says Maddon has “ignored the safer, […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Jeff Niemann Throws First Professional Shutout

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Jeff Niemann Throws First Professional Shutout

    August 21, 2008 at 12:36 pm 4 comments

    Durham 5, Louisville 0. Jeff Niemann tossed his first career shutout, a 4-hitter. He struck out 6 and walked none, needing only 106 pitches. He retired the final 12 batters he faced. It was a great performance for a pitcher that had failed to work past 6 innings in his […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Willy Aybar Has Stepped Up In Dirtbag’s Absence

    [THE HANGOVER] Willy Aybar Has Stepped Up In Dirtbag’s Absence

    August 20, 2008 at 10:35 am 5 comments

    THE GOOD: James Shields. Shields is the gamer in the Rays rotation. More than any of the other 4, Shields is able to overcome nights when he has less than his best stuff. Of course, he was aided by some stellar defense in the first couple of innings or else […]

     
  • [PAPA JOE MADDON] Criterion For Being A Good Manager: No High Draft Picks

    [PAPA JOE MADDON] Criterion For Being A Good Manager: No High Draft Picks

    August 19, 2008 at 2:15 pm 18 comments

    With the Rays in thick of their first playoff chase, we haven’t spent a lot of time contemplating whether Joe Maddon deserves the AL Manager of the Year award. But is going from worst to first and beating the two teams in the AL East that have won 6 of […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Rays Drop Magic Number To 33 Despite Upton’s Mental Mistake

    [THE HANGOVER] Rays Drop Magic Number To 33 Despite Upton’s Mental Mistake

    August 19, 2008 at 11:06 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Andy Sonnanstine. All The Duke does is win, improving to 13-6 on the season. Show of hands: Who thought Sonny would be leading the Rays in wins in the middle of August? Put your damn hands down. Of course, Duke did his best Scott Kazmir impersonation last night, […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Joe Maddon Genuflects To Babe Ruth Josh Hamilton

    [THE HANGOVER] Joe Maddon Genuflects To Babe Ruth Josh Hamilton

    August 18, 2008 at 10:00 am 12 comments

    THE GOOD: Carlos Pena continues his torrid pace, hitting another home run, his 25th and 10th in last 22 games…BJ Upton returned to the lineup and took out his frustrations on the Rangers, hitting a line drive double down the left field line and following later with a home run […]

     
  • [DAN JOHNSON] Defensive Changes In Durham May Be Setting Up Future Move With Rays’ Roster

    [DAN JOHNSON] Defensive Changes In Durham May Be Setting Up Future Move With Rays’ Roster

    August 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm 2 comments

    An interesting situation is developing in Durham, that is worth keeping an eye on… Dan Johnson has started the last two games for the Durham Bulls at third base. Johnson, who leads the International League in OBP (.422) and OPS (.969), has only played first base and DH since being […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Garza Saves Overworked Bullpen With 2-Hit Shutout

    [THE HANGOVER] Garza Saves Overworked Bullpen With 2-Hit Shutout

    August 16, 2008 at 12:40 pm 0 comments

    THE GOOD: The “Good” starts and ends with Matt Garza who pitched a 2-hitter for his second shutout of the season. One night after Joe Maddon was forced to use all 7 of his relief pitchers in an extra-inning contest, it was imperative Garza work deep into the night and […]