The Rays began this quick four-game road trip against the Astros with a 12-0 win last night, courtesy of a solid pitching performance from Matt Moore and offensive support from some unlikely suspects. For the full postgame recap, head here.
Return of DP
David Price returns to the mound tonight post a six week stint on the disabled list. It will be Price's first appearance since May 15th, after beginning the season with a 5.24 ERA.
If Ryan Roberts is the odd man out when roster moves are announced later today, at least he'll leave knowing Joe Maddon appreciated his three-for-five night with two home runs and three RBI:
Maddon: "It’s not easy playing in the big leagues as long as he has, go back, regroup and come back and contribute to a win in a big way."— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) July 2, 2013
Marc Topkin tweeted some unfortunate news about Alex Colome:
Word from Durham, RHP Alex Colome, sent down by #Rays Saturday, has mild elbow strain, likely headed to DL— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 2, 2013
Base stealing and the Rays
The Process Report took a look at the Rays lack of action on the base paths this season, and the numbers are pretty profound with how drastically this year differs from the past five.
From 2008-2012, the Rays stole 797 bases, 147 more than any other team in Major League Baseball. In that span, 14 different players stole at least 10 bases; with B.J. Upton leading the pack with 195.
This year? The Rays have only stolen 37 bases, putting them way back at 21st in MLB rankings. As Jason Collette noted, "That team total is just five more than what Jacoby Ellsbury has accomplished on his own this season."
The Rays have never attempted less than 178 steals in a season, yet they're on pace this season to only attempt 109 steals. In the past five years, the team's steal totals have been the following:
2012 - 134
2011 - 155
2010 - 172
2009 - 194
2008 - 142
In a bizarre season where pitching has been a disappointment and offense is carrying the team, it almost makes sense that stolen base numbers would be ridiculously low. Almost.
- ICYMI: Luke Scott's brother has one fine head of hair.
- During last night's game an Astros fan unsuccessfully attempted to catch a foul ball. Key word: unsuccessfully.
- Speaking of Chris Davis, the PED suspicions have begun to arise...