Some thoughts on the first series of 2014

The Rays have played their first series, I have some concerns about the team.

2014 predictions

How will the AL East look at the end of 2014? Here are my predictions.

Don't trade David Price

It's been widely accepted that the Rays will trade David Price. I don't think they should. Here's why.

Rays acquire Ryan Hanigan and Heath Bell

Rays acquire two big names in a three team trade involving the Reds and D-Backs, but what did they give up in return?

2014 Rays Schedule released

We disect the 2014 Rays schedule.

Apr 17, 2014

GAME REVIEW: Triple Trouble



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It's safe to say that wasn't the game we were expecting tonight. The Rays came home to the Trop struggling mightily offensively and being "war torn" with 3 starting pitchers on the DL, one done for the year. The Rays needed a win to get their swagger back. But alas, the promising match-up of David Price and CC Sabathia failed to deliver. It wasn't a pitchers duel, it was a hit show. Unfortunately, the hit show was coming from the Yankees. The microcosm of the Rays season is summed up with the 2nd inning triple play pulled off by the Yankees on a hard hit ball by Sean Rodriguez.

Apr 8, 2014

Matt Moore to 15-day DL

Brian Kenny of MLB Network stated just a few minutes ago on MLB Now that Matt Moore is heading to the 15-day DL.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that the Rays have recalled RP Jeff Beliveau to fill Matt's spot on the 25 man roster and he has arrived in KC.

Apr 4, 2014

Some thoughts after the first series

David Price returns to the dugout after an inning
David Price returns to the dugout after an inning
Courtesy: USA TODAY Sports via FoxSportsFlorida.com
So I thought I would give my thoughts after the first series of the season. First and foremost, starting pitching needs to find itself. Yes, David Price and Chris Archer were themselves. However, both Matt Moore and Alex Cobb struggled. It was probably the first-start-of-the-season jitters, but they need to settle down and find their selves if this team is to have a hope at living up to it's potential.

Apr 2, 2014

New teammates ignore Fernando Rodney during first bow and arrow of 2014

As you know, Fernando Rodney didn't resign with the Rays this offseason. He ultimately signed with the Seattle Mariners and last night the M's were playing their game two under the lights in Anaheim. Rodney was brought in to close out a 8-3 victory over the Angels. He did it with a double play and did his bow and arrow routine. What happened next is kind of sad. See for yourself.

Mar 31, 2014

Opening Day!

With it being Opening Day, I thought I'd put my artistic side to work and write a little poem in celebration of the new season. Here it is.

Mar 20, 2014

Evan Longoria's daughter is 13 months old

In a bit of lightheartedness this late afternoon, I thought I'd point out that Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson's daughter Elle is 13 months old as of today. She was born February 20, 2013. The proud father sports his daughter's image as his profile picture on Twitter.

Now I hope you all will join me in a rousing edition of "D'aww".

Feb 24, 2014

Predicting the 2014 AL East


Will Myers works out at 2014 Rays Spring Training camp.
Courtesy: Jonathan Dyer/USA TODAY Sports
(via Fox Sports Florida)
Last year I gave my predictions for how I thought the AL East would go in 2013. Upon my recap this past November, I realized I did better than I thought I would, even though I completely missed the mark on the Sox. Well it's time to do it all over again. Here are my predictions for the 2014 AL East. I will be going in alphabetical order.

Baltimore Orioles: As I mentioned in my 2013 recap, 2013 for the O's was sub-par to their 2012 season. But we did see the emergence of "Crush" Davis. I mean, with 53 HRs last season, it's hard not to notice him. The O's lost Brian Roberts, K-Rod, Jason Hammel, Scott Feldman, Mike Morse, among others which can be seen here. The O's will be looking to bounce back from the aforementioned sub-par 2013 campaign. With their only stand out additions being Ubaldo Jimenez and Delmon Young, the O's were pretty quiet this offseason. Unfortunately for them, I can't see them returning to their magical form of 2012 and see 2014 being more like 2013. 2014 Prediction: 83-79, 4th place.

Feb 21, 2014

Rays left off Best Offseason list by MLBN host

Host of MLB Network's Clubhouse Confidential (a show dedicated to the "thinking fan", or sabermetrics) Brian Kenny in his opening segment "High Heat" listed the teams he thinks had the best offseason Tuesday evening. The Rays were notably absent from the list, which named the Top 8 and goes: