Rays Update – Week of July 18
There have been some anxious moments for the Rays this season, but we found
out a lot about what the Rays are made of over the last few weeks leading up to the All-Star break. Despite a brutal road
stretch against some of the toughest teams in the division and American League, the Rays won 11 of 15 to get them back into
the mix in the A.L. East, giving fans some major reasons for optimism heading into the second half. The Rays also capped off
their first half with a stellar performance from David Price, who went eight shutout innings at home against the power-hitting
Blue Jays' lineup, delivering their fourth series win out of five – all of which were against teams above.500.
the Rays proving that they can play with anyone when they play their style of baseball, the Rays head into the second half
of the season with plenty of confidence, particularly considering they've shown that they can play on the road as well as
they can at home. Though their offense is still looking to turn the corner, James Loney and Evan Longoria have both shown
some major signs at the plate, putting the Rays in a position to win no matter who takes to the field against them.
Rays will be looking to keep up their prowess on the road as they start away from home in the second half, as they'll take
on the Twins at Target Field before heading to St Louis to play the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Then it's back at home, where
the Rays will have a challenging home stand against the Red Sox, the Brewers and then the Angels. Though the Rays have had
some troubling spots this season, they have the talent to rise above their mediocre start and are looking to become a major
threat in the A.L. East from now through the end of the season.
Rays Update – Week of July 11
this is more like Tampa Bay Rays baseball. Though the first couple of months weren't necessarily pretty, the Rays have been
coming on strong in recent weeks, bringing some much-needed wins home as they head closer to the All-Star break. Despite playing
a brutal road trip that brought the Rays up against some of the top teams in the American League, they more then held their
own, taking three of four from the Orioles in Baltimore, three of four from the Tigers in Detroit and sweeping all three games
against the Yankees in the Bronx, moving them out of the cellar and helping them pick up some serious momentum.
the Rays' bats definitely had some major outbursts, it's mainly been the pitching that has been getting the job done, putting
the Rays in position to win just about every single night out in recent weeks. In a tough game in Detroit, David Price dealt
Rick Porcello a very rare loss and moved his own record back over.500, going 8 2/3 innings against arguably the best offense
in the league. Alex Cobb has also started to show some major signs as well, beating the Orioles and Tigers in succession on
the road, which is never easy to do.
The Rays' offense also chimed in with some clutch performances as well, including
by hanging seven earned run on Rick Porcello on July 6, with Matt Joyce, Desmond Jennings, Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist
all helping to lead the offensive explosion that ended up with 19 total hits on the day. Tampa would love to see that continue
as they look to close out the official first half of the season on a high note, though that also won't be easy as they'll
have to host the Toronto Blue Jays. Still, the Rays have shown recently that they're more than capable of dominating good
teams, making them a team to watch to see if they can continue the turnaround.
Rays Update – Week of July
If there was any doubt about the grit and determination of the Rays, those doubts likely got erased over the last
week or so, as the Tampa Bay Rays headed into their toughest road trip and immediately brought out the lumber. After taking
three of four from the Orioles in Baltimore, the Rays then went into the Bronx and swept the Yankees just when the Pinstripes
thought they could start making their move in the A.L. East. With five straight road wins against a couple of the toughest
teams in the division, the Rays showed that they still have lots of upside if they can start playing Tampa Bay Rays' baseball
with a little more consistency.
In the process, the Rays also had a couple of signature wins. In the series-capper against
Baltimore, the Rays went off against Evan Meek and company, racking up 12 runs on a romp to give them the series win. But
the Rays took it to a different level the following night, edging the Yankees in 12 innings on Logan Forsythe's RBI single.
After picking up a little bit of momentum, the Rays kept it going by putting together very good games the following two games
as well, with David Price going seven strong innings to pick up his seventh win of the season in the process.
get any easier for the Rays with a trip to Detroit, who just come off a sweep of the A.L.-leading A's, but the Rays have shown
that they definitely aren't going to be going quietly this season. After playing the Tigers, the Rays will have a couple of
other tough series before the All-Star break, though they'll get a crack at both the Royals and Blue Jays at home. If the
Rays can keep up the momentum heading into the Midsummer Classic, fans know they'll be in good position to make their move
in the second half of the season.
Rays Update – Week of June 27
It hasn't all been flowers and sunshine
for the Tampa Bay Rays this season, but they've also stabilized in recent weeks and have been showing some major signs of
life as they look to get back into the thick of it in the A.L. East. Recently, the Rays went into Houston and dismantled the
Astros, beating them three out of four and helping them pick up a little momentum in the process. Most impressively, the Rays
even shutout the Astros in two out of three nights in the series, showing that this is still a team that can be deadly on
the mound if their pitchers start to get in a groove.
During the first shutout, it was Chris Archer who pitched into
the seventh without letting up a run, striking out nine Astros batters and putting the Rays in the perfect position to win.
Then it was a great bullpen effort across the board, culminating in a perfect ninth inning by Grant Balfour to seal the win.
And by perfect ninth inning, we're talking three batters and three strikeouts, sending the Rays off with the dominating win.
Hitting-wise in the game, it was Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria both bashing homers in the heart of the order, providing
all the offense that the Rays would need.
In the second shutout, the Rays looked even more impressive. From the beginning,
it just looked like Jake Odorizzi's night, as the 24-year-old pitched 7 1/3 strong innings while striking out 10 batters and
surrendering just one hit – more than enough for the Rays. In the end, the Rays also had more than enough offense, with
James Loney leading the way with three RBIs and Desmond Jennings setting the table at the top of the order with a couple of
hits to boot. With some of the Rays' young pitching starting to pick up some steam and the lineup showing what they're capable
of, the Rays are hopeful that they'll be able to end the first half of the season on a high note and set themselves up to
make a move after the All-Star break.
Rays Update – Week of June 20
It hasn't all been pretty so
far this season for the Rays, but they're still capable of beating just about anyone at any given time, which is exactly what
they proved recently to the Baltimore Orioles, who have been trying to make their move up towards the top of the A.L. East
standings. In a tie game heading into the late-innings against the Orioles, Jerry Sands came to the plate as a pinch-hitter
and changed the game with one swing of his bat, delivering a clutch two-run homer to give the Rays a 5-3 lead. The Rays were
able to hold on and deliver a 5-4 win, with Jake McGee ending up with the win to improve his record to 3-0.
a few tough spells so far the Rays, though, one of the major bright spots has been seeing Evan Longoria start to come on.
Longoria struggled early in the season but June has been his most productive month so far, with an OPS close to.900 and the
big hits starting to come with some regularity. The Rays' fans know that Longoria can really carry a team when his bat really
heats up, which is exactly what he's hoping to do as he hopes to pick up some momentum heading deeper into the season.
Rays also have plenty of challenges and opportunities coming up as they look to turn it all around. Following a four-game
home set against the Astros, the Rays will have an interleague series at home against the Pirates before heading to Baltimore,
where the Rays will be looking to get some revenge after struggling against the Orioles so far this season. From there, the
Rays will close out June in New York, where a three-game set against the Bronx Bombers will be another divisional test that
will have plenty of fanfare leading up to the series.
Rays Update – Week of June 13
If we've learned
anything from the great sport of baseball, from iconic movies to real-life success stories, it's that absolutely anything
can happen. Though the Rays and their fans have been used to winning a bit more in the first half of the season in recent
years, 2014 hasn't gone quite as planned, yet there is still plenty of optimism surrounding this team because everyone knows
that the Rays have too much talent to be held down for long. While the rest of the division is surprised to see the Rays in
last place at this point, there still isn't a team in the league that will take them lightly, and fans are patiently waiting
for the wins to start coming in bunches.
And Rays' fans got a good taste for the grit of their team during a recent
matchup against the Cardinals to open a quick two-game home set. Though the Rays had been scuffling heading into the game,
particularly at the plate, Desmond Jennings set the table beautifully and both James Loney and Evan Longoria had big hits
to get the Rays headed in the right direction, then it was the bullpen that took it from there by pitching five scoreless
innings to seal the deal. The Rays may still have some work to do this season, but the rest of the division and league understands
that the Rays are still dangerous every time they take to the field.
The Rays also have plenty of opportunities coming
up to get the season headed in the right direction. After an away series against the Astros, then they'll come home to play
the Orioles and the Astros once again. With some speed at the top of the lineup and David Price just waiting to breakout this
season, the Rays are glad to have a lot more baseball left to play, and all it takes is a winning streak or two to get right
back in the hunt.
Rays Update – Week of June 6
After a rough patch on the road against the Red Sox,
the Blue Jays and the Marlins, the Rays are happy to finally be coming home to take on the Mariners and the Cardinals, where
the Rays will be looking to get back on track and start their ascent up the A.L. East standings. It hasn't been easy so far
for the Rays, but the team still has a long season ahead of them, which means plenty of time for them to turn it around. Though
the Blue Jays, Yanks and Orioles seem like a ways ahead so far this season, a couple of winning streaks can change anything
in this game, which is one of the beautiful things about baseball.
One of the players that the Rays would love to see
fully get on track, of course, is David Price, who has been somewhat subdued this season and fans are still waiting for him
to bust out. But even though the wins haven't come as of late, he's been showing some major signs, particularly in his last
two outings. After getting a no-decision despite going seven innings and letting up two runs against the Red Sox in Boston,
not to mention actually losing to the Marlins despite letting up one run and pitching into the 8th, Price should be able to
pick up some big wins if he can keep it up over the long haul this season.
Another bright spot has been Chris Archer,
who has been showing some flashes of dominance so far while leading all starters in ERA. Archer has had some tough luck recently,
getting no-decisions in great outings against both Boston and Toronto before taking a loss while giving seven strong innings
against the Marlins. But, much like Price, the pitching consistency seems to be there for the Rays, and the wins are sure
to come once the Rays get rolling again in the batter's box.
Rays Update – Week of May 16
all gone according to plan this season for the Rays, but they still have had some major bright spots that they can build upon,
and Rays' fans know by now that this is a team that doesn't tend to get down for very long. One of the statistical highlights
so far this season has been their on-base percentage, as the Rays rank sixth in the league in on-base percentage, which is
the first step in scoring a lot of runs. Though some of the bats have gotten off to a somewhat slow start to the season, the
signs are pointing in the right direction as the Rays look to right the ship and make their move up the A.L. East standings.
of the biggest bright spots, of course, have been James Loney and Matt Joyce, who have both been major sparks in the order
so far this season. With Loney leading the team in batting average, hitting at a clip of well over.300, and Joyce's on-base
percentage hovering near.400, the Rays are showing they have a lot more firepower than just Evan Longoria. With Ryan Hanigan
and speedster Desmond Jennings also contributing in a big way, this is a balanced attack that makes it only a matter of time
before the wins start falling into place.
But one of the top reasons the Rays remain incredibly dangerous could have
been seen recently in Seattle, when ace David Price carved up the Mariners with a complete game that guided the Rays to a
2-1 win. Price even ended up with 12 strikeouts while not even yielding a walk, cutting down the hot Mariners in their own
ballpark and reminding everyone that the Rays have a chance to win every single time they take to the mound. With upcoming
series against the Angels on the road before coming home to take on the Red Sox and Blue Jays, the schedule is loaded with
opportunities for the Rays to make a move up the division standings.
Rays Update – Week of May 9
the Rays would be right in the middle of one of the lesser divisions in baseball, in the A.L. East, winning 15 of your first
34 games is only good for last place, though they remain right within striking distance as they head deeper into the regular
season. With some big road wins against both the Red Sox and the Yankees, the Rays have shown that they're at the best when
they're playing the other top teams in the division, which is a great sign as they move forward and hope to continually add
marks to the win column in the process.
Leading the way for the Rays, of course, has largely been James Loney, who held
the highest batting average on the team through his first 32 games of the season and also boasted an on-base percentage hovering
right around.400. With Loney doing his thing and Evan Longoria starting to turn the corner and continuing to lead the team
in run production, the Rays have plenty of offense. Part of that has also been Desmond Jennings, who was tied for the team
lead in homers in mid-May while also leading the team in stolen bases, giving them the type of dual threat that always makes
it tough on opposing pitchers.
On the mound, the usual suspects have locking down offenses, with David Price leading
the team in wins and Grant Balfour making the most of his save opportunities. Another great sign has been coming from Erik
Bedard, who shut down the potent Yankees offense recently in the Bronx with six strong innings to give him his first win of
the season. With upcoming series in Seattle, Los Angeles (Angels) and then home against the A's, the Rays will be looking
to build on the positive signs from the first month and a half of the season as they look to make their move in the A.L. East.
Rays Update – Week of April 25th
If you think that the Rays are going anywhere, you probably haven't been
paying attention as to how much resolve this team actually has. With David Price among the leaders in pitching in the A.L.
throughout the first month of the regular season and both Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria spraying the field with hits on a regular
basis, the Rays have the type of talent to play with anyone in the league, and right now they're locked right in the middle
of the competitive A.L. East as all of the powerhouses look to put some distance between them and the rest of the opposition
in the early going.
It hasn't only been about the starting pitching of Price, however, as Chris Archer continues to
put together impressive starts and their bullpen has been equally solid. Grant Balfour has been known to blow away the opposition
at the end of the bullpen and Joel Peralta has been the bane of several attempts at late-inning rallies. Put it all together
and the Rays have the type of balance that isn't going to have too many significant losing streaks, likely keeping them right
in the thick of the A.L. East race throughout the season.
But it won't get any easier in the short-term either, as the
Rays will head to the road for a four-game set against the White Sox and then come back within the division to take on the
Red Sox in Boston, wrapping up the first month of the season and kicking off the second. The Rays would love to get a couple
of series wins to finish off April on a high note before heading into more tough series to start May, as they'll travel to
the Bronx to take on the Yankees before finally coming home to play the Orioles from May 6-8.
Rays Update –
Week of April 18th
This season has already started to prove exactly why the A.L. East is so difficult, as the Rays
have shown some major signs of brilliance this season but find themselves in the middle of the pack after the first few weeks
of baseball in 2014. The Rays have had some chances to get out of the A.L. East, however, and they won an impressive road
series against the Reds, with Price and Cobb bringing home wins and Grant Balfour slamming the door shut twice in two days.
The Orioles gave the Rays some problems in the following series, but the Rays tend to be a team that isn't held down for very
long, and they're licking their chops as they look to close the first month of the season on a high note.
having a one-two punch like the Rays have tends to make losing streaks a rarity, as both David Price and Alex Cobb have shown
exactly why Rays' fans have such high hopes for the season. Though Price is considered the ace, and pitches like one, Cobb
held an ERA below 2.00 in his first three starts of the year and is showing the type of control that should translate into
plenty of wins throughout the season. One of the brightest spots of the pitching staff, though, has been Balfour, who didn't
allow an earned run in his first five appearances of the season, locking down four wins with saves and striking out more than
a batter per inning.
With one of the top pitching staffs in the league, the Rays will be looking to separate from the
rest of the pack in the A.L. East with upcoming series against the Yankees, the Twins (both at home) and then tough away series
against the White Sox and the Red Sox. Thanks to a balanced club that has the talent to turn the corner and pile up wins in
a hurry, the Rays remain a team that is poised to be a major factor in the division.
Rays Update – Week
of April 11th
So far it's business as usual in the super competitive A.L. East, where the Rays are knotted right near
the top of the division once again as some of the best ball clubs in the league battle it out looking to take the early lead.
Splitting their first 10 games of the season, the Rays are exactly where they need to be, with Evan Longoria doing what he
does best, namely bashing the ball all over the ballpark and giving the Rays a much-needed spark in the heart of their lineup.
Also getting off to great starts for the season are Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce, who have both shown some power and have led
the Rays' offense in the early going of 2014.
On the bump, Chris Archer has so far led the way, with two quality starts,
an impressive win and an ERA below 1.50 after his first couple of outings to start the season. Of course, David Price is still
the stalwart that the Rays need him to be, leading the team in strikeouts in the early going (no surprise there) and getting
the Rays off to a good start by beating the heavy-hitting Blue Jays to start the year. And dicing up good lineups hasn't been
much of a problem so far for the Rays, with two convincing wins against the Rangers and a shutout of the Royals led by Joel
Peralta. Though it's a long season and the Rays are playing in the toughest division in baseball, the Rays are showing all
the signs of being the competitor that Rays' fans have come to expect in recent season. After some tough early-season away
series against the Royals, Reds and Orioles, they'll come home to take on the Yankees and the Twins to wrap up the month as
the Rays look to continue their strong early start.
2014 Tampa Bay Rays Schedule
The Tampa Bay Rays are
ready to hit the diamond in 2014 and do battle with the best teams in the American League, providing a steady stream of thrills
as they look to round into form and once again swing their way towards the top of the standings. This Rays team is coming
off a very good 2013 season in which they were able to earn one of the A.L.'s wild card playoff sports, though they were unable
to advance to the World Series. Still, this team comes into 2014 with high hopes and a roster stacked with talented baseball
players who can do a little bit of everything, with a balanced squad that can light it up both in the batter's box and on
the rubber. This should be a fantastic season to get out to Tropicana Field for all the biggest Rays home games, though you
also shouldn't make the mistake of skipping the away games.
Of course, divisional matchups tend to be best of the best,
as the Rays will regularly host their American League East rivals at The Trop this season. When the World Champion Boston
Red Sox come to St. Petersburg, it's going to be tough to get into the stadium. Rays fans all over Florida are surely going
to be clamoring to see the Rays try to down the reigning champs, and for good reason. Boston was the best team in baseball
last season, essentially wire to wire, and if the Rays can take down the Sox regularly in 2014, it could be a sign that this
Tampa Bay team is ready for bigger things.
The Rays will also partake in interleague play this season when they host
some of the National League's best teams. This is a great chance for fans of the Rays to be exposed to teams that they normally
wouldn't get to see come into Tropicana Field to face Tampa Bay. Interleague play is always a good time for fans and it allows
access to players and teams that you just don't usually get to see. As soon as you're there watching all the action first-hand,
you'll definitely be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else.
Tampa Bay Rays Team Info
The Tampa Bay
Rays play in the American League East division of Major League Baseball, a division that also features the New York Yankees,
Baltimore Orioles, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox. This is often one of the most competitive divisions in the MLB ranks,
and the Rays know they have to play hard each and every time they hit the baseball diamond in order to have a chance at coming
out on top. The Rays had a good showing in 2013, making the postseason via a Wild Card spot, but this team has bigger plans
this season. With a roster that features some of the most talented young players in the major leagues, the Rays should have
a roster that can compete with any other team in the American League. Of course, it helps that the Rays have talented pitchers
like David Price and slugger like Evan Longoria, giving you plenty of reasons to head out and see if they have what it takes
to go all the way to the top.
The MLB Experience
The sport of baseball holds a special place in the hearts
of many a sports fan across the country, and that's because people have been attending baseball games for more than a century.
This game is steeped in tradition and has a rich history that dates back before the year 1900. Going to a game is an experience
that every sports fan should be a part of at least once. Hearing the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd is an exciting
yet comforting experience that keeps fans coming back for more each and every baseball season, and that's a tradition that
isn't likely to slow down anytime in the near future. You can be a part of it when you head out to see the Rays this season
when they take on a division rival or another team they don't usually play, and you never know when you're going to be a part
of the next Rays classic.
Tampa Bay Rays History
The Tampa Bay Rays were founded in 1998 as the Tampa
Bay Devil Rays; the franchise would ultimately drop the "Devil" from their name in 2008 and now are simply known as the Rays.
The Rays got off to a rough start in their history, which is to be expected from an expansion franchise. What those losing
seasons did, though, was allow the Rays to stockpile talent in their farm system with their high draft picks, and eventually
those kids grew up and are now top players in the American League. This Rays team made it to their first, and currently only,
World Series in 2008, but this is a team that certainly has the chops to return to the biggest stage in baseball.
Bay Rays Trivia
Who holds the Tampa Bay Rays franchise record for the most home runs in a single season?
answer is Carlos Pena, a slugger that holds several Tampa Bay records. He hit 46 home runs in 2007 and put together one of
the best seasons in the history of the franchise.
The Tampa Bay Rays are usually a competitive
team, which is always a recipe for dedicated fans that love to come out and see their team play. That is definitely the case
for the Rays, who have a loyal following of die-hards that refuse to miss a home game. Join these passionate sports fans in
the stands this season by taking in a Rays' game in person. It's not only about the home games, however, as Rays away games
are also loaded with passionate fans as well, making it always a great idea to head out and get right into the thick of the
action as the Rays look to swing their way up the standings in the toughest division in all of baseball.