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Sticking with Tyler Glasnow in the fifth was an aggressive, competitive move

Sticking with Tyler Glasnow in the fifth was an aggressive, competitive move

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Yes, this actually was “Rays baseball.” The way Kevin Cash managed the fifth inning wasn’t about saving bullpen arms. It wasn’t about “soft punting” once the Dodgers got the lead. Running Tyler Glasnow though 112 pitches up to Cody Bellinger for the third time, was a legitimate attempt to win the game, and an aggressive play by Kevin Cash. It has to do with the matchups. Let’s walk through the fifth inning. You can read more about the framework I’m using here. Entering the Fifth Through four innings, Glasnow had given up two hits, mostly working...
DRaysBay 7 hours ago

View from the Catwalk: Hello World Series

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports World Series Game 1 is under our belts, and it didn’t go as planned. The 8-3 loss felt almost more lopsided than that lopsided score. For more on the game specifics, you can check out Ashley’s recap. I’ll just note that those who screamed about Cash pulling Charlie...
DRaysBay 22 hours ago
World Series Game One Lineup

World Series Game One Lineup

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Let’s go. The starting lineup is out for the Tampa Bay Rays for the first game of the World Series as they’ll take on Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The veteran Kershaw has dealt with injury issues this postseason and was even scratched from a start due back spasms. However, he has appeared in three games in the playoffs thus far, allowing seven runs on 16 hits — 3 home runs — over 19 innings pitched. Kevin Cash has decided to employ a traditional R-L-R-L lineup against Kershaw. Yandy Diaz is in the leadoff spot and playing first, while...

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DRaysBay 15 hours ago
World Series Game 1 Diary

World Series Game 1 Diary

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? World Series Game 1. Glasnow vs Clayton Kershaw. How are we feeling Rays fans? I still can’t believe we made it here! I’m sure the nerves will kick in once the game starts. Might help that Rays’ Players seem relaxed as well Inning 1 Rays hitters up first against the legendary Clayton Kershaw Yandy Diaz with a base hit! Randy worked a walk, but Hunter Renfroe struck out and Margot had a soft swing in bunt for the 3rd out, but we still got Kershaw to almost 20 pitches. Ok, now it’s Glasnow’s turn. He...
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Dodgers 8, Rays 3: October is for horror stories, right?

Dodgers 8, Rays 3: October is for horror stories, right?

Photo by Rob Carr/ Yikes. If you are coming into this recap having somehow not seen the score, the wave of disappointment on Twitter, or having any other knowledge of what happened in Tuesday’s Game One of the World Series I sincerely recommend you close this article now, turn off your computer, and go to bed happy. That’s not to say there weren’t some great moments for Rays fans in this game, but overall the final result was not what anyone hoped to see out of the first game of the best-of-seven series (unless you’re a Dodgers fan, I suppose.) Things started off with a very...
DRaysBay 19 hours ago
The definitive guide to World Series matchup projections

The definitive guide to World Series matchup projections

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ When a dominant pitcher like Tyler Glasnow faces a high-flying offense like the Dodgers who has the advantage? When an analytically-minded team like the Rays rolls with an opener like John Curtiss, what is gained and what is lost? How long should the starter pitch? What are the most dangerous moments he’ll face? And why ever is Cody Bellinger batting sixth? One of the better way to answer questions with these is with handedness split-based matchup projections, and for the World Series I’ve changed the belts and put a fresh coat of paint on an old tool. Here...
DRaysBay 20 hours ago
GDT: Oh my God the Rays are back in the World Series

GDT: Oh my God the Rays are back in the World Series

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Have you all recovered yet because I have NOT Go Rays! *** Game 1 Details How to watch the World Series Tampa Bay Rays announce World Series roster World Series Preview: Tyler Glasnow to start Game One World Series Game One Lineup World Series Analysis How to beat Clayton Kershaw The Rays high fastballs and the mighty Dodgers lineup Why the Rays added Ryan Sherriff to the World Series roster Ryan Yarbrough could be the key to beating the Dodgers Three keys factors to a Rays World Series win World Series Preview: The formidable Dodgers offense World Series...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
Why the Rays added Ryan Sherriff to the World Series roster

Why the Rays added Ryan Sherriff to the World Series roster

Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Rays make a switch to their LHP Bullpen stable The Rays World Series roster is out, and now facing the not so right handed heavy lineup of the Dodgers, some changes needed to be made. One of the more surprising moves was swapping out the hard throwing, electric Jose Alvarado for Ryan Sherriff. Both LHP who were not used extensively in 2020, but with the Dodgers lineup featuring mighty sluggers like Max Muncy and Joc Pederson, and MVP caliber superstars like Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger, LHP in the Rays bullpen will be called upon to get...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
World Series Preview: Tyler Glasnow to start Game One

World Series Preview: Tyler Glasnow to start Game One

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports He’ll square off with Clayton Kershaw Kevin Cash has penciled in his starting pitcher for the first game of the World Series tonight as he’ll be going with the tremendously talented Tyler Glasnow. The 6’ 8” 27-year-old Glasnow has pitched in four games this postseason for the Rays, allowing 10 runs over 19 1⁄3 innings pitched. He has compiled a 31.3 strikeout percentage with a 10.0 walk percentage. Home runs have been a problem for him, having already allowed six longballs in the postseason. Glasnow last pitched on October 14, in Game Four of...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
How to watch the World Series

How to watch the World Series

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The Tampa Bay Rays are in the World Series for the first time since 2008 and for just the second time in franchise history. All seven games, if needed, will be on Fox, with each start time coming right after 8:00 p.m. EST. Fox Sports Sun will have pre-game and post-game coverage before and after the game, along with a couple of Rays All-Access episodes kicking off at 6:00 p.m. EST. The pre-game show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. EST. Meanwhile, MLB Network, they’ll begin their coverage of the game at 3:00 p.m. EST with High Heat, followed by MLB Now at 4:00,...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
Tampa Bay Rays announce World Series roster

Tampa Bay Rays announce World Series roster

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Brett Phillips and Ryan Sherriff added; Jose Alvarado and Aaron Slegers dropped The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized their 28-man roster ahead of the first game of the World Series, which kicks off tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST. The most surprising change from their American League Championship Series roster is the decision to drop flame throwing lefty Jose Alvarado and replaced him with another lefty in Ryan Sherriff. The other change is bringing back outfielder Brett Phillips and dropping right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers. Phillips is an important addition as...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
The Rays high fastballs and the mighty Dodgers lineup

The Rays high fastballs and the mighty Dodgers lineup

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports How will they match up? This was where my mind went when Correa hit a walk-off home run against Nick Anderson’s high fastball. I think a lot of Rays fans went to this place. Stop throwing a high fastball!!!Stop throwing a high fastball!!!Stop throwing a high fastball!!!Stop throwing a high fastball!!!Stop throwing a high fastball!!!Stop throwing a high fastball!!!#Rays.— Homin Lee (@Homein22) October 16, 2020 I tweeted in anger; this was a stupid tweet. Sometimes the Rays have given up home runs, but at the same time, the high fastball strategy...
www.bradenton.com Oct 20, 2020

10 things to ponder as the Tampa Bay Rays prepare for the World Series

They faced elimination on Oct. 9, and beat the Yankees 2-1. They faced elimination again Saturday night, and beat the Astros 4-2. The Rays have survived a regular season shortened …
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
World Series odds favor Dodgers over Rays

World Series odds favor Dodgers over Rays

Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via According to the bookmakers, the Dodgers are relatively big favorites. Author’s note: All odds are from DraftKings Sports Book. Gamble responsibly. At the beginning of the season I wrote that betting the Rays at +375 to win the American League East was full of value. They had great depth, made some key offseason moves, and in a year that was bound to be unpredictable, they were going to have a much better chance of winning the division. Not only did the Rays go on to win the AL East, they did it by a comfortable seven games, tied for the...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
World Series Preview: The history between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers

World Series Preview: The history between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers

Photo by John McCoy/ A rare meeting in 2019 sets the stage. Since the Tampa Bay Rays came into existence, their meetups with the Los Angeles Dodgers have been few and far between. These teams have only played each other 17 times and made close to as many trades together as they have games played. And yet, there are organizational similarities. The front office is run by the former Rays GM Andrew Friedman, who also brought over senior advisor Gerry Hunsicker. For a while there old pitching coach Jim Hickey was with the Dodgers as well. On the field, there have been a total of 35 players...
DRaysBay Oct 20, 2020
World Series Preview: DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series

World Series Preview: DRaysBay Playoff Podcast Series

Photo by Harry How/ Brett, Danny, and JT break down what to expect over the next week. Apple Download Link And then there were two. No more worrying about rivalries, no more worrying about revenge. The Rays have reached the World Series and the only team that stands between them and their first ever title is the Los Angeles Dodgers. On this episode, we take a look at how the Rays may adjust their roster before the series starts tonight, and how their starting pitching lines up through the series. We also look at why the Dodgers were as good as they were this season, and what the Rays...

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