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One Division Series is wrapped up and another will go to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. On Tuesday the Tigers and Rays try to prolong their postseason in a pair of exciting Game 4’s. Here are some statistical notes from the playoffs so far:
Rays have an edge
The Rays continue to try and extend their American League Division Series against the Red Sox, sending Jeremy Hellickson to the...Read more »
Evan Longoria had a pretty good 28th birthday.
Before Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox on Monday, the Rays' third baseman was given a guitar signed by Slash. The gift was courtesy of Longoria's girlfriend, Playboy model Jaime Edmondson:
Sweet new piece to add to the Man Cave! Thanks @jaimeedmondson!! #Slash #GNR pic.twitter.com/3mb6NZOv4g — Evan Longoria...Read more »
Before Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he was sorry for Saturday night’s Twitter rant and also talked about his apology to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Here’s the full transcript.
Price’s opening remarks:
“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone that has been affected by my actions after the game against Boston. That’s...Read more »
Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians have seemingly been playing elimination games for the past month, so when they meet Wednesday night for a winner-take-all Wild Card showdown it may seem like "another day, another game."
But despite similar team statistics, the Rays have faced a much tougher road to the playoffs. The Rays played not only in the tough AL East but faced...Read more »
The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.
Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):
TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...Read more »
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field in the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays after injuring his left leg while rounding first on an infield single.
It appeared to be a routine groundout, but after Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham mishandled the ball, Machado reached safely. His knee did not. Machado's leg buckled as he rounded first...Read more »
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was ranked as one of the top-100 prospects in baseball for four consecutive seasons by Baseball America. He’s been in the top-50 each of the past three seasons and top-25 each of the last two. Prior to this season, BA ranked him the No. 23 overall prospect, the Minor League Baseball Analyst had him No. 9 and MLB.com placed him No. 6.
All of this is a long way of...Read more »
Like the rest of America, David Price is ready for some (college) football.
He showed his team spirit by wearing a full-on Vanderbilt football uniform -- including the helmet -- while throwing in the bullpen before the Tampa Bay Rays' game against the Los Angeles Angels. According to the Associated Press, the Rays' road trip to Oakland this weekend will be college football themed.
Price...Read more »
Mariano Rivera has announced his intention to retire following the 2013 season, and it’s widely assumed that Yankees setup man David Robertson will step into his shoes as closer.
But is that wise?
Robertson has many qualities that make him an ideal candidate for the ninth inning. He’s striking out 10.87 batters per nine innings this season and has a career 11.84 K/9. He rarely allows...Read more »
It’s more than just a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two Wild-Card playoff spots. They actually have one of the easier schedules of the teams in the hunt.
Heading into Friday’s game against the Padres, the Yankees are 3.5 games out of the second Wild-Card spot. Texas and Baltimore are tied at a half-game behind the Indians and the Rays are four games up in the Wild-Card...Read more »