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.

Jul 25, 2012

Happy Birthday to us!

by Aaron Giddens

Happy Birthday!
One year (and four days) ago, BRaysball Talk posted it's first article, and our first game review, and our website was born. Since then we've seen our viewership steadily grow. We want to thank you for reading us for the past year and hope for many more years covering our Rays. Be sure to tell your friends. This week into this weekend I have planned to overhaul the look of the site in celebration and debut the result of "Portrait of a Rays Fan". So be sure to check back! GO RAYS!

By the way, where's the cake?

Jul 17, 2012

Joyce activated, in lineup; Rhymes optioned

by Aaron Giddens

Help may be on the way to Tampa Bay. Matt Joyce, who has been out since mid-June with oblique and back strains, was activated off the 15-day DL and was placed fourth in the line up and is in right field for tonight's game against the Indians.

While this news is good, it's not all good. Fan favorite Will Rhymes was optioned to Durham to make room on the 25-man roster for Joyce. many fans that I have been reading on Twitter don't like this move, instead calling for the option or outright release of Hideki Matsui. I would be inclined to agree.

A DH hitting .160 isn't worth the roster spot.

Jul 16, 2012

Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman's hearts remain in St. Pete

by Aaron Giddens

Damon and Kotch
Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman
Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr
Despite with the Indians this offseason and early April, Casey Kotchman and Johnny Damon miss their Tampa Bay home.

"I miss not being here everyday," Damon said. "I'm not going to sugar coat it at all." And why should he? We all know most players love playing here. But for Damon, it's extra special being a Orlando native in the twilight of his career.

Damon again told reporters that he hoped to return to Tampa Bay. "Everyone expected me back." Obviously it didn't work out that way.

Jul 4, 2012

81 down, 81 to go in 2012

by Aaron Giddens

Happy Independence Day, Rays fans. On our nations 236th birthday, we get ready to start the second half of the 2012 season. How has the season gone so far. We have had highs and lows. Though the lows, by far, out numbered the highs in the second quarter of the season.

The Rays hitting has been the talk of the town the past few weeks and not for positive reasons. I maintain the personal opinion that Derek Shelton needs to go. The data does not speak positive of him as hitting coach for the Rays who were recently swept by the Royals of all teams. Now don't get me wrong, the Rays have had a few games where the offense looks really good but they're not happen often enough to remain competitive in the tough American League East.

It's a cause for concern that can't be ignored. I think getting a replacement for Shelton would be the solution. Others don't want to put the blame on Shelton. They have the right to that opinion as I have to mine. However, I disagree.

The pitching has looked well. Fernando and David are 2012 all-stars. While we have not seen the same James Shields thus far this season (he had 6 CGs at this point last season, none yet this year.) The bullpen has looked great after getting off to a rough start in April.

So what has to be done for the Rays to make the playoffs in the second half of the season? Simple: Hitting. If the offense can start producing consistently then this team will be playoffbound. But if there's no hitting, there will be no play offs. That's it. No tricks. No miracles. Hitting will get this team in the playoffs.

So here we go, 2nd half of the season. Ding ding! The fight for the playoffs gets tough, now. Go Rays!