01. Players

  • [THE HANGOVER] Percival Continues To Struggle

    [THE HANGOVER] Percival Continues To Struggle

    July 27, 2008 at 11:06 am 10 comments

    THE GOOD: Carl Crawford and the Royals defense. With 2 outs and Aki Iwamura on first, BJ Upton hit a lazy bloop to shallow right field that fell in for a double. Aki should have scored, but was held up at third. CC then hit a flyball in foul territory […]

     
  • [DOWN ON THE FARM] Baldelli Homers Again And Plays OF In Rehab Start

    [DOWN ON THE FARM] Baldelli Homers Again And Plays OF In Rehab Start

    July 27, 2008 at 9:45 am 0 comments

    Louisville 5, Durham 3. John Jaso was 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. This was his 3rd 3-hit game since being promoted to triple-A a week ago. Montgomery 8, Tennessee 1. Rocco Baldelli played 5 innings in the outfield. He committed an error on his only fielding chance. At […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Iwamura Saves Game With Glove; Percival Barely Saves Game With Arm

    [THE HANGOVER] Iwamura Saves Game With Glove; Percival Barely Saves Game With Arm

    July 26, 2008 at 10:49 am 1 comment

    THE GOOD: Even more important than Carlos Pena’s 2-run home run in the top of the 9th with 2 outs that gave the Rays a 3-run cushion, was Akinori Iwamura handling the bad-hop ground ball in the 7th inning. With JP Howell relieving Grant Balfour with 1 on and 2 […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Garza Loses His Control

    [THE HANGOVER] Garza Loses His Control

    July 25, 2008 at 10:29 am 4 comments

    THE GOOD: Akinori Iwamura’s defense. We can’t stop praising how seamlessly he has moved to his new position. If he does not win the gold glove, it would be a bigger injustice than Evan Longoria not winning the rookie of the year. Last night, the Rays turned 2 double-plays in […]

     
  • [THE HANGOVER] Zobrist Gives Boost To Struggling Offense, Gets Demoted

    [THE HANGOVER] Zobrist Gives Boost To Struggling Offense, Gets Demoted

    July 24, 2008 at 11:23 am 3 comments

    THE GOOD: James Shields outside of the back-to-back home runs in the 2nd inning. After the 2 home runs, he retired 13 of the next 14 batters and faced the minimum over that span. Other than the 2 solo homers, he allowed only 4 hits and 1 run, striking out […]

     
  • [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 […]