All-Star Break is over and we’ve made it through four days without Rays baseball. Now let’s get back to the action! When we last saw the Rays, Chris Archer had just thrown the first shutout of his career and the team went into the break winning nine of their last ten. The Rays are sitting two and a half games behind Boston for second in the AL East and they have sole possession of the first Wildcard over the Texas Rangers.
Now, the team begins a ten-game road trip through Toronto, Boston and New York. David Price heads to the mound tonight to face Esmil Rogers. The last time we saw Rogers was on June 24th when he went six innings allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks.
Sam Strong of MLB.com takes a look at how the Rays rotation has really heated up since the return of David Price.Yesterday, Michael and Danny took a look at what could happen once Alex Cobb returns to the rotation.
Speaking of Alex Cobb… Per Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, Cobb has been scheduled for two rehab appearances. The first will be on Tuesday in Port Charlotte, which will be limited to four innings/60 pitches, and the second will be in Tampa on July 28th for the Stone Crabs in which he will throw either five innings or 75 pitches. Cobb threw a four inning simulated game in Port Charlotte yesterday which he told reporters “went well”.
Mooney also reported that James Loney has been placed on the paternity list and Ryan Roberts has been recalled from Durham.
While some of our players visited water parks over the break, Luke Scott went hunting again. I wonder if he’ll find room for this guy in his locker next to the boar head?
Added a new addition to the house during the Allstar break pic.twitter.com/PBWGjF5PUY— Luke Scott (@LukeScottOP) July 18, 2013
-Cut4 asked the All Stars what animal they’d want to be. Matt Moore chose an elk. I think he’d better hide from Luke Scott if that’s the case!
-Wil Myers was mentioned as a top contender for AL Rookie of the Year by Doug Miller of MLB.com.
-Dave Cameron of FanGraphs takes a look at some top trade candidates and Matt Moore landed at number 30 on the list.
-It looks like the Rangers are leading the pack of teams interested in landing Matt Garza, although nothing was set in stone as of last night.
-Jason Collette wrote a piece for ESPN’s The Sweet Spot blog highlighting the AL Players to look out for in the second half.
-Just because it never gets old…Fangraphs highlighted the five worst swings of the first half of the season. Hello again Colby Rasmus! http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-worst-of-the-best-the-wildest-swings-of-the-first-half/
-The Diamondbacks have announced a second mascot will be joining Baxter and it’s this guy…