The New What Next: Rays Vs Red Sox Pt. Five, A Series Preview of Sorts

The Rays will start a four game set against the Red Sox Monday. It goes without saying, this is a big series, and the Rays stand to gain a lot of ground on the AL East leading Red Sox. However, this isn’t a season defining series. That is to say, no harm or foul if the Rays leave Boston Thursday with an even split on the series — hope for three-out-of-four or a sweep, be content with an even split. If anything, Tampa Bay is looking for a bit of payback for being kicked around by the Red Sox over their first 12 games against them.

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: It Wasn’t Pretty, But A Win Is A Win (Updated)

It wasn’t particularly the prettiest of victories, especially late in the game, however we can walk away knowing that the Rays achieved the preferred outcome Saturday, in a 4-3 victory against the Blue Jays. The hottest team in baseball (Fox said so, so it must be true) did just enough to keep the wolves at bay, taking the second game of their three game set as they prepare for a sweep against a somewhat erratic RA Dickey, Sunday. Jeremy Hellickson walked away with his fifth consecutive win, while Fernando Rodney racked up his 23rd save of the year — a save that almost wasn’t.

The New What Next: The Rays Silence Their Detractors Following An 8-5 Win

A rather large question begged to be answered prior to the All-Star Break: Could the Rays continue their hot ways on the 10-game AL East road trip that followed. After the first three innings of play Friday night, the answer seemed to scream from the empty seats in the Rogers Centre, a resounding no. But something miraculous happened. Powered by Ben Zobrist, Wil Myers, Evan Longoria, and Kelly Johnson, Tampa Bay clawed its way back to defeat Toronto by a score of 8-5. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Tampa Bay is continuing its toasty ways.

Identity crisis: A Mid season review of the 2013 Rays

Identity crisis, the definition for this season. The season looked quite bright for most fans after the end of spring training. The Roberto Hernandez experiment looked strong, Rodney just dominated planet earth in the WBC — continuing his strong showing from last season, we gained some new pieces and it seemed we could weather the loss of Davis and Shields. We got to know new players like Kelly Johnson, James Loney, Juan Sandoval and Shelly Duncan, we learned to accept Escobar, we saw what a healthy Scott looked like, Longoria seemed ready, we saw dominance from prospects like Lueke, O’Malley, Figueroa, Anderson, Archer, Romero and Lee. Finally, we got to see our big pick ups, Myers and Odorizzi. Things looked great, especially following comments by Rays skipper Joe Maddon regarding the team’s strength as compared to previous rosters. But the wheels fell of quickly…

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Rays Rally From Three-Run Deficit to Win 4-3

The Tampa Bay Rays came back from an early 3-0 deficit Saturday, taking the second game of their current three-game set by a score of 4-3. Roberto Hernandez FINALLY earned his fifth win of the year after giving his best David Price impersonation — That is to say, he gave up a few runs (3) in the first inning, then turned it on thereafter, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. Fernando Rodney was credited with his 22nd save of the year.