Recent Tampa Bay Rays Blogs

First Look: 2010 Free Agent Closers

There have been some who are asking if the Rays really need to acquire a closer in 2010. The two methods of doing this is to either sign a free agent or acquire a relatively young in a trade. Today ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 9th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

You down with FIP? September stretch edition

Definition from fangraphs.com: FIP, or Fielding Independent Pitching, which calculates a pitcher's responsibility for the runs he allows based on his walks, strikeouts, and home runs allowed. The FIP formula is (HR*13+(BB+HBP-IBB)*3-K*2)/IP, plus a league-specific factor that scales FIP ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 9th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Right Move Made

The Rays are not as dumb as they have been percieved in the past couple of weeks. Instead of sending out Andy Sonnanstine again, the smart move was made to give Wade Davis Sonny's rotation spot. This will put ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 9th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Longoria Is A Bright Spot, .300?

Yes they are 3-9 since they started in Detroit and dropped seven of their past eight games, the Rays still have some bright spots. On Sunday we saw Wade Davis shine in what was suppose to be his first Major ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 8th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Wade Davis Is The Win In A Loss

A pitcher debut warrants a pitch f/x article. Not too much writing, just two nice graphs and a couple comments (minus two paragraphs). Maybe it is the seemingly incompetent manager who gets worse and worse by the day and makes ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 6th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Waiver Weekend: Davis Dominates

This week we turn to CBS Sports' percentage owned. Wade Davis SP, TB (16%) - Finally Wade Davis got his shot at the big leagues and boy did he deliver!  7 IP, 3 H, 9 K with his only blemish a ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 6th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Handicapping the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year

Kurt Mensching from Mack Avenue Tigers tries to crown this years' American League Rookie of the Year award. Typically, the Rookie the Year races seem to me to be a bit boring. There's almost always a no-doubter candidate most people ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 6th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Ehh… Postseason What?

Not too depressed about the Rays losing the series to Boston. It isn't the worst thing to happen to this ball club. The worst is to win 94 games and finish in third place in the AL East. Although for ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 5th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

Kazmir And The Butcher: Meeting One

Although it is only one start, Scott Kazmir's first one with the Angels was a good one as he got eight Ks against the Mariners in six and a third innings. A significant improvement than his last start at Seattle ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 5th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays

The Non-Database Pitch f/x Part One: Downloading The Files

I put a Fan Post on Beyond The Boxscore to see if anyone was interested in knowing my method of easily gathering the pitch f/x data from MLB Gameday. This method is not a database rather it is a way to download ... more
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Author: mvn
Posted: September 4th, 2009
Tags: Baseball, Tampa Bay Rays
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