The Rays Tank: GTMI Struggles

J. Meric

The Rays were defeated by the Giants 4-1 on Friday night as the offense struggled to GTMI.

"I continue to stay confident in my stuff," Chris Archer told the media after the game. Archer allowed four runs in seven innings on seven hits while walking three batters. The offense provided minimal run support, scoring only once on a Ben Zobrist single, as the Rays fell to the Giants 4-1. This was the first time since June 28th that the Rays lost consecutive games.

"We’ve not been very good with runners in scoring position lately." Joe Maddon told reporters after the game. Last night, the Rays were just 2-for-10 with men in scoring position. Incredibly frustrating to watch.

Ian dissected Madison Bumgarner’s pitching in the post-game recap here.

Chris Archer talked with Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times about how he prepares for his starts.

"I just close my eyes and go through all the hitters. Not really specifically the hitters, but I do a third-person point of view, so I see myself executing a pitch. And I also do a first-person point of view, where I'm actually inside my own body doing it and feeling it. So I see myself do it, then I actually do it."

Joe Maddon thinks that Longo’s struggles are mental. Longoria told Bill Chastain and Sam Strong of,

"It's definitely mental when you get to a point where you've had a couple of tough games in a row and you start to wonder why it's not happening. Throughout the course of my career, I've been able to be mentally stronger than those and figure out the reason why and be able to put it behind me."

Yes, Luke Scott’s rat tail still exists.

Poor Desmond.

Tonight, David Price takes the mound for game two against the San Francisco Giants. He will face The Freak, Tim Lincecum. Down in Port Charlotte, Alex Cobb will start for the Stone Crabs and throw four innings/65 pitches.


-ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog discussed the top 1-2 pitching combos around the league right now. David Schoenfield said Tampa Bay has the top combo with Price and Moore. (Fast forward to the 4 minute mark to hear the Rays chatter)

-Angels outfielder J.B. Shuck made a phenomenal catch to rob Jose Bautista of a homerun last night.

-Oakland Athletics’ pitcher, Dan Straily, shows off his different pitching grips to Eno Sarris of FanGraphs.

-After blowing a 7-2 lead in the ninth inning on Thursday night, the Mariners have demoted their closer Tom Wilhelmsen.

-Red Sox owner John Henry has apparently won the bidding for ownership of The Boston Globe, per Peter Gammons.

-Nike severed their contract with Ryan Braun yesterday.

-Sweet throw, Melky.

-When Jon Lester is done pitching, he goes to the clubhouse and plays Temple Run.

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