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Going Deep: Week Five Fantasy Baseball Options

As the season progresses my goal is to find viable options for deeper formatted  fantasy baseball leagues, look back at the previous weeks picks, and with a little help, help promote reader picks from the comment section in an effort to make everyone’s fantasy team a little bit better. Once again the disclaimer here is that this article is not written with the intent of helping...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays place Desmond Jennings on 15-day DL with left knee bursitis

According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the 15-day disabled list with left knee bursitis, retroactive to April 26th. #rays place Jennings on DL with left knee bursitis. OF Joey Butler has been selected from Durham. — RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) May 3, 2015 Jennings had a disappointing April to start the season...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Rays Top “Home Team” Orioles 2-0 at Tropicana Field

Tampa Bay Rays’ Asdrubal Cabrera, right, scores on a double by Evan Longoria as Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph watches during the fourth inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, May 1, 2015.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) The Orioles dropped a home game to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0…in Florida. The unrest in downtown Baltimore caused the organizations to...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Rays pitchers combine to shut out Orioles

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 2-0 Friday night in a relocated home game for the Orioles. The three-game series was moved from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field this week after violence broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after suffering...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays blank Orioles 2-0 in strange 'home' game for Baltimore

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Colome and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 2-0 Friday night in a relocated home game for the Orioles. The three-game series was moved from Camden Yards to Tropicana Field this week after violence broke out in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody after suffering a...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Archer aiming for greatness

Chris Archer’s ERA of .84 is the third best in the majors. Chris Archer has led by example for the Tampa Bay Rays (12-10). As the club’s ace, Archer has gone 3-2 with an ERA of .84. Those numbers are very impressive, but do not tell the whole story. On the 26th of April, Archer was feeling under the weather. This did not stop him from throwing seven strikeouts in seven scoreless...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Assessing the Tampa Bay Rays After Baseball’s Opening Month

Even the most optimistic of preseason conjecture wouldn’t have anticipated a seamless start to the season for the revamped and injury-riddled Tampa Bay Rays. But after a month of action — give or take a few days — the Rays have defied the odds in remarkable fashion, winning 12 of their first 22 games, and sitting just a game out of first place in the extremely competitive American...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Evolution of Chris Archer

Chris Archer has developed himself into an MLB ace early on in 2015. It’s hard to believe that not one but two teams passed on keeping Chris Archer in their system. Archer was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 5th round of the 2006 draft. In 2008, Archer was moved from the Indians organization to the Chicago Cubs along with  John Gaub and Jeff Stevens for Mark DeRosa...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Archer and His Elite Slider

We’re almost done with April, which means we’re closer than we were before to being able to stop with the standard “it’s early” caveat we heartily employ during this time of year. For better or for worse, however, it’s still early. The good news (besides the obvious fact of it being April and baseball is […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays coach Charlie Montoyo draws inspiration from courageous son

Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo discussed recently that even though an MLB season can be a grind, it pales in comparison to the ordeals his seven-year-old son Alex has endured throughout his young life due to a heart condition. Alex, born with only one ventricle in his heart, has undergone four open...Read More The post Rays coach Charlie Montoyo draws inspiration...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview – Yankees vs Rays (4/27/15)

The Rays come to town to start 17 straight games in which the Yanks face the AL East. Adam Warren (1-1, 5.40 ERA) faces off against Nathan Karns (1-1, 5.32 ERA) to kick things off. This will be Warren’s second time in three starts facing Tampa Bay. The last time he took a no decision throwing four innings giving up four runs on six hits. He got his first win of the season his...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vol 3: AL East Weekly Wrap-Up

Mark Teixeira had a monster week for the Yankees as he hit 5 HR and driving in 12. The New York Yankees are rolling. Until yesterday, they had only lost once all week and are the best overall team of the week as they’re getting offense, pitching, and defense. The AL East is all bunched up and that shouldn’t be expected to change at all throughout the year. Fluctuations, ups...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays: Smiles for Drew Smyly

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Drew Smyly should give the Tampa Bay Rays a reason to smile. The starting pitcher is scheduled to return to the major league diamond today, Friday, April 24th, 2015. He will be taking on the Toronto Blue Jay’s ace, R.A. Dickey. Rays fans are curious to see Smyly’s tenure with the club pan out. He was acquired during last year...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rays Activate Drew Smyly

View image | gettyimages.com The Tampa Bay Rays are 8-8 to start the 2015 MLB season and have done so without Drew Smyly, who has been out with shoulder inflammation.  Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nate Karns have made 12 of the teams 16 starts.  Archer and Odorizzi have been lights out, Karns, not so much.  Smyly is a huge upgrade to a rotation that has seen Matt...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Chris Archer Shows Emotion Against Red Sox: ‘You Have To Have Fun’

This embed is invalid" /> An excited Chris Archer pumped his fist, pounded his glove and danced off the mound after striking out David Ortiz in the fifth inning Tuesday. It was just business, according to the Tampa Bay Rays starter. Archer and Ortiz traded barbs last season after a trademark Big Papi bat flip ticked off the young right-hander. The...
Via NESN.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Tampa Rays in Collapse Mode? Because in MLB's new reality, that's how teams build

It's been a while since the Yankees owned Tampa. You could say it's been seven years - since Evan Longoria arrived on the scene. Before Longoria, the Devil Rays were lovable Yankee patsies, a stream of Jorge Cantus and Rocco Baldellis. Around 2008, they became a contender, thanks to Longoria and a seemingly endless line of young pitchers, most of them top picks in the MLB draft.This...

Tampa Bay Rays bullpen injuries continue

Jake McGee is taking strides in his journey back from his elbow injury. The Tampa Bay Rays place left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau on the disabled list due to shoulder soreness. The move occurred before their Friday matchup against the New York Yankees. To replace Beliveau, the Rays called up lefty C.J Riefenhauser from AAA Durham, which will give him an opportunity to prove himself...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Kiermaier’s Rise and Evaluating Sample Size

Forecasting breakout hitters is extremely difficult. A shift in approach at the plate, a swing adjustment, or just natural progression as a player ages and gains more experience against big league pitching are hard to account for in a preseason projection when the only data we have on a hitter leads us to draw certain conclusions. As much as we like to speculate on breakout candidates...
Via Baseball Professor
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Pillar scaled the wall to rob Tim Beckham of a homer

Crazy things happen in the Rogers Centre outfield, and on Wednesday, another one of those crazy moments happened. Check out this catch by Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar to rob Rays second baseman Tim Beckham of a homer in the seventh inning. Like…how? What? That’s not a short fence, and Pillar wasn’t exactly running at full speed when he made his leap. But whenever I...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Former LSU Tiger Mikie Mahtook Drills First MLB Homer

In a moment that some only ever dream of, Tampa Bay Rays outfielder and former LSU Tiger standout Mikie Mahtook has made a reality. In the Rays’ game tonight against the Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Centre, Mahtook got his first major league hit. Even more special was that it was a two-run shot off of veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle. Mahtook ended up going 1-for-2 on the...
Via Campus Sports Net
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Pillar climbs wall to rob home run

Your browser does not support iframes. On Tuesday, Nolan Arenado presented a candidate for Major League Baseball’s catch of the season by making a spectacular grab down the third base line. The following day, Kevin Pillar did his best to one up him. In the top of the seventh inning, Rays second baseman Tim Beckham...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays’ Allan Dykstra Bunts Ball Off His Face; Teammate Reacts Perfectly (GIF)

Bunting ain’t easy. Tampa Bay Rays rookie Allan Dykstra had a memorable day at the ballpark Monday, collecting his first major league hit and his first shiner from a bunt-gone-wrong during batting practice all in the same 24 hours. The 27-year-old had quite the painful pregame experience, as he fouled the second pitch he saw directly into his own face while getting some extra...
Via NESN.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Fan runs onto field, greets CF, hops fence

A man who attended Tuesday night’s Orioles-Rays game really wanted to meet Desmond Jennings. He apparently was willing to go to great lengths to meet the Rays outfielder, judging by what happened during the game. The man took matters into his own hands at one point by running onto the field and shaking Jennings’ hand. When you run on the field during a game to shake Desmond...
Via The Sports Daily
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Durham Bulls unveil jerseys for team’s ‘Game of Thrones Night’ (pic)

On April 23, the Duraham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, will hold “Game of Thrones Night” at their home ballpark when it hosts the Charlotte Knights. No word if the visiting squad will wear the white cloaks of the Kingsguard. The Bulls, however, will be wearing special jerseys to commemorate the...Read More The post Durham Bulls unveil jerseys for team’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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