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Tampa Bay Baseball Attendance Report – May 4, 2016

ShareTampa Bay baseball attendance for Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Total Attendance: 13,226 Tampa Bay Rays: Team Home Game #: 18 Attendance: 13,226 Starting Pitcher: Drew Smyly Opponent: Los Angeles Dodgers Opponent Starting Pitcher: Alex Wood Avg Attendance to Date: 16,243 Avg Attendance vs Opponent: 13,671 Avg Attendance per Day of the Week: 12,362 Avg Attendance for Starting Pitcher...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
2 hours ago

Pearce powers Rays to finale win over Dodgers

Steve Pearce's three-run homer paved the way for an 8-5 Rays win over the Dodgers Wednesday night at Tropicana Field. The win earned the Rays a split of the two-game series.
Via Rays.com
10 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays hit 4 home runs and beat Dodgers 8-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Steve Pearce hit one of four Tampa Bay homers, a go-ahead three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the Rays beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday night. Brandon Guyer, Steven Souza Jr. and Curt Casali added solo home runs for the Rays, who went 4-4 on an eight-game homestand. Pearce chased Alex Wood (1-3) with his third homer this season to put...
Via Associated Press
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Souza exits after suffering pectoral spasm

Steven Souza Jr. left Wednesday night's game when he appeared to strain a muscle in his chest while swing the bat.
Via Rays.com
12 hours ago

AskDRB #4: April showers bring May runs scored?

A new month, and a new AskDRB! We start the first AskDRB of May with a bit of a look back on the first month. I have lots of excitement about Logan Forsythe, so look forward to a nice rambling lovefest for Frosty the leadoff Ray. Questions and Topics: - When is the Desmond Jennings story going to end? - Is the bullpen a bigger problem than our starting rotation? - Is Souza...
Via DRaysBay
19 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays still among the leaders in hard hit rate

Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) after flying out to end the the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers in Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5. (Photo Credit: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Times) According to Mark Simon (ESPN), the Tampa Bay Rays are still among...
Via X-Rays Spex
20 hours ago

The closing of The Tampa Tribune is an opportunity for better Rays coverage

Baseball is an everyday sport, and an incredibly human one. Errors and judgement calls are a regular part of every game—sometimes infuriatingly, and it's the human element that gives baseball its life. The same could be said about baseball journalism. When there were two newspapers in Tampa Bay, the majority of the work done by the two beat writers, Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay TImes...
Via DRaysBay
21 hours ago

Tampa Bay Rays April 2016 Attendance Review

ShareWelcome to our first monthly review of the Tampa Rays 2016 attendance. This post will look at attendance in games played from April 3, 2016 to April 30, 2016. Total April 2016 Tampa Bay Rays home attendance: 237,820 Average attendance per game: 15,854 Highest attendance: 31,042 on April 3th (Opening Day) Lowest attendance: 10,117 on Wednesday, April 13th Average April game...
Via Tampa Bay Baseball Market
21 hours ago

Some thoughts on the end of the Tampa Tribune

I’m sure most of you have heard by now that the Tampa Bay Times bought the Tampa Tribune yesterday, marking the end of the Tribune. First of all, it is a sad day because some talented people are going to lose their jobs. I’m sure they will land on their feet somewhere, but it sucks that some are going to be forced to uproot. On a personal note, it was a sad day for many of us...
Via Rays Index
22 hours ago

Looking Backward While Moving Forward: Howie Kendrick, Dodgers take down Rays, 10-5

14,116 baseball fans “packed” into the Trop on Tuesday to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5. (Photo Credit: Anthony Ateek/X-Rays Spex) On Tuesday night Matt Moore, Dana Eveland and Ryan Webb combined to allow 10 runs on 12 hits and three walks in the Tampa Bay Rays 10-5 loss to the Dodgers. Tampa Bay took a short-lived one-run lead in the first inning...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Rays may turn to the minors if hitting doesn’t improve

The Tampa Bay Rays are having a hard time hitting the proverbial broad side of a barn, a word many observers use to describe the dim and dusky Tropicana Field, cowbells and all. No fewer than six players would see their batting averages skyrocket if they reached the Mendoza Line. With so many contributors, or lack thereof, it’s little wonder why the Rays rank last in the major...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Rays 5/3/16 starting lineup, etc

(Photo Credit: Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times) Noteworthiness ― Jason Hanselman (The Process Report) did a wonderful job in detailing the Rays, who are drunk on swinging the bat at seemingly everything. While we put together our April status report, give this a read. ― Piggy backing on that, we analyzed the K% of the Rays’ regulars. ― Don’t forget to read our Rays/Dodgers...
Via X-Rays Spex
1 day ago

Tampa Bay Rays: April Report Card

In a time where teams who do not see a path to perennial playoff appearances go the route of dismantling (i.e. “tanking”) in order to rebuild, the Tampa Bay Rays continue to mix and match parts looking to strike lightning in a bottle. One month into the new season and the Rays are off to a slow start, but is there a reason to panic? Ideally, you see an upward progression in...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The plays Rays fans will be talking about today

The GBT – The Good, The Bad and The Telling sandwich, where The Bad is nice and lean and the The Telling is ripe. Jays 5, RAYS 1 (boxscore) THE GOOD: It finally happened! After failing to throw out 48 straight base stealers, Hank Conger finally got one, nailing Ezequiel Carrera in the fifth inning. Of course, I am still not 100% convinced Conger got this one, but we’ll take...
Via Rays Index
2 days ago

Curt Casali caps Rays' rally in win over Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Curt Casali drove in the winning run with a single in the ninth inning Saturday night and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3.Brad Miller led off the ninth with a pinch-hit single off Brett Cecil (0-5). Miller beat first baseman Justin Smoak to the bag after a ground ball. Kevin Kiermaier followed with a double before Casali's hit, the first...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Happ, Archer Looking for More of the Same

This Saturday slate is low on strong action, but take it from us: we promise we’ll make it up to you on Sunday. Anyway, here’s a quick look at today’s pitchers. Check ’em out! J.A. Happ (TOR) versus Chris Archer (TBR) 6:10 p.m. ET At least from a results standpoint, Happ has done a pretty good job parlaying his post-Searage days into solid pitching. He’s allowed three...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rays’ Rotation Has Already Improved

It was barely a month ago that we ran our annual positional power rankings series. Perceptions of players and teams ought not to change too much after just a few weeks of baseball, but the neat thing about having projections is around is that they update themselves every night. Never by much, but they’re constantly re-evaluating to reflect whatever’s happened by the appropriate...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Blake Snell’s Extreme Fastball

Blake Snell is already back in the minor leagues, but he probably shouldn’t be there for long. All the Rays need is an opening, and over the weekend Snell made his big-league debut in a spot start in Yankee Stadium. Everyone understood it would be a one-shot deal, but Snell got to get his feet wet. That counts for something. And we got enough data for a deep dive. That also counts...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Lefty Blake Snell Debuts for Tampa Bay

The Rays called up left-handed pitching prospect Blake Snell from Triple-A to face the Yankees in a spot start on Saturday. Snell looked very good in his debut. Although he lasted just five innings, he yielded just two hits, one walk and zero runs. By fanning six, he maintained the ~30% strikeout rate pace he’d been keeping in the minors for the last year-plus. Prior to his call...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Tampa Bay Rays even have a first baseman?

The GM position in any sport has to be one of the toughest roles to play within all of the sports field. When any facet of the team goes wrong, all eyes go directly to them looking for answers – especially when the arising issue was avoidable. At the beginning of April, the Rays released one of the more reliable hitters they’ve had on their squad for a number of years now...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Tampa Bay Rays should be surprised with their success so far

Eighteen games into the season, the Tampa Bay Rays are 8-10 and 3.5 games back in the division. Obviously, there is still plenty of time left in the season. The first month of the season is not even over yet. However, Tampa Bay should be surprised by the fact that they are even doing this well. Here is why: 1. What’s wrong with Chris Archer? One of the popular picks for the AL...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Fan hit by Souza Jr. foul ball released from hospital

A fan seriously injured after being hit by a foul ball off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Steve Souza Jr. during a game last week at Tropicana Field was released from the hospital on Monday night, per a Tampa Bay Times report. The incident occurred during the seventh inning of Friday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. The woman, reportedly a White Sox fan in...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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