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  • Value Of The Rays Has Risen 132% Since Stuart Sternberg Took Over

    Value Of The Rays Has Risen 132% Since Stuart Sternberg Took Over

    March 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm 2 comments

    The New York Yankees are still the most valuable team in baseball with a value of $2.5 billion according to the latest franchise valuations released by Forbes.com. The least valuable team is our own Tampa Bay Rays, with a value of $485 million, or about 19% of the value of […]

     
  • Sharp Rise In Payroll Is Unlikely To Have A Big Impact On Attendance

    Sharp Rise In Payroll Is Unlikely To Have A Big Impact On Attendance

    March 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm 8 comments

    The Rays’ 2014 payroll is now projected to be $81.3 million, the largest in franchise history. But while that means decent star power and a good shot at the playoffs, attendance is not likely to improve dramatically. As we can see below, outside of the inaugural season, attendance at The […]

     
  • That Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Roster Is In Its Prime

    That Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Roster Is In Its Prime

    March 11, 2014 at 8:00 am 1 comment

    Here is a look at the Rays’ Spring Training roster (including a few players that have already been cut) and how it breaks down by age. The average age of the 63 players is 28.3, up from 27.8 a year ago. Considering the average big leaguer peaks around ages 28-29, […]

     
  • Breaking Down Don Zimmer’s 66 Years In Baseball

    Breaking Down Don Zimmer’s 66 Years In Baseball

    February 27, 2014 at 8:31 pm 0 comments

    Don Zimmer first became coach of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays ten years ago, in 2004. It was his 56th year in professional baseball, so he wore no. 56. This year Zim is back and this is his 66th year in baseball and he will wear no. 66. It will […]

     
  • Tailgating Game 113: The Rays Have An 86.2% Chance Of Making The Playoffs

    Tailgating Game 113: The Rays Have An 86.2% Chance Of Making The Playoffs

    August 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm 1 comment

    Playing A Little Pepper… In lieu of our normal pepper, let’s take a look the Rays’ playoff probabilities throughout the season via CoolStandings.com. One blue line is the chances of the Rays winning the division on each day throughout this season. The other blue line is their chances of being […]

     
  • The 2013 Tampa Bay Rays And The Chase For 92 Wins

    The 2013 Tampa Bay Rays And The Chase For 92 Wins

    July 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm 4 comments

    Sometimes as fans we get a little too caught up in how many games back the Rays are in the standings. Ultimately, what is more important is just making sure the Rays take care of their own business and hope it turns out well in the end. With two Wild […]

     
  • Matt Moore’s Breaking Ball And A Gigantic Red Flag

    Matt Moore’s Breaking Ball And A Gigantic Red Flag

    June 10, 2013 at 11:24 am 2 comments

    Matt Moore struggled for his second straight start on Sunday after starting the season with so much promise. Some pointed to the decrease in velocity of his fastball. But evidence suggests it is Moore’s breaking ball that is the biggest reason to be concerned. NOTE: Matt Moore throws what he […]

     
  • Comparing Jeremy Hellickson To Andy Sonnanstine And Greg Maddux

    Comparing Jeremy Hellickson To Andy Sonnanstine And Greg Maddux

    June 5, 2013 at 11:10 am 3 comments

    One of the knocks on Jeremy Hellickson the last two seasons is that his solid ERA was not a true reflection of how well he was pitching. While he was putting up ERAs of 2.95 and 3.10, his Fielding Independent Pitching* (FIP) was not as pretty at 4.44 and 4.60. […]

     
  • David Price’s Changeup And Why His Last Start Was So Promising

    David Price’s Changeup And Why His Last Start Was So Promising

    April 30, 2013 at 8:36 am 4 comments

    When David Price struggled through his first five starts of the season, there was a lot of focus on his fastball velocity which was slower than what we are used to seeing from the Rays’ ace. But if we take a closer look, it wasn’t just the fastball, and in […]

     
  • A Look At What We Can Expect From The Starting Pitchers In 2013

    A Look At What We Can Expect From The Starting Pitchers In 2013

    February 12, 2013 at 11:58 am 9 comments

    Even without James Shields, the Rays still have one of the best rotations in baseball. And while we all know these guys have high ceilings and think we know what they are capable of achieving, let’s see if we can come up with a realistic idea of what to expect, […]