Rays Analysis

Hold up, the Rays are less than ten games out?


After a record setting June, could this team come back into the playoff picture?

Breaking down Escobar's 9-pitch walk


On May 14th, Yunel Escobar did something that only a handful of valiant men had done before: he gave the Rays the lead. If you have a dial-up connection, open this page and go about your day. It'll...

Blow up the Bench?


Is that really a good idea?

Erik Bedard and the changeup


An odd twist on traditional usage.

Rays hitters: walks without the strikeouts


Rays hitters currently own the fourth highest walk rate and the fourth lowest strikeout rate. Which hitters are showing the most improvement in these departments?

Yunel Escobar and the Longball


This is what happens when you pull the damn ball!

Jake Odorizzi's new pitch


Studying "The Thing."

Notes on Wil Myers's Struggles


There's no denying Wil Myers is struggling so far this season

Is it time to worry about the Rays offense?


They've scored only 3.2 runs per game, and two runs or less in half of the fourteen games they've played this season. Only five players have hit at an above average rate, and one of them, Sean...

Matt Joyce, lead off hitter


Quick thoughts on Joyce batting lead off.


The Rays with runners on base in 2013


The Cardinals were great last year, and one reason was their performance with runners on base. The Cardinals had the highest wOBA by 14 points at .362, with the Tigers and Red Sox tied for second...

Best & worst case Projections for the new bats


Baseball Prospectus has published their 10-Year Projections, UPSIDE grades, Percentiles for performance, and Comparables. It's been a glorious morning, whether you love PECOTA or hate it, as this...

Cameron Seitzer gets the spotlight


The young Cameron Seitzer, 23, may find his way to Triple-A this season, and before yesterday you might not have known his name, even if it sounds familiar. He is the son of Kevin Seitzer, a two...

Framing the discussion on Hanigan & Molina


The future is now. With public data released en mass by Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis this week, here's how Jose Molina and Ryan Hanigan stack up against the best in framing pitches.

2014 Writers' Top Prospect Lists: Michael's


Here are my top 30 prospects in the Rays system.

2014 DRaysBay Community Top 30 Prospects


Here is how the DRaysBay community ranks the Rays top 30 prospects.

The State and Future of Pitch-Framing Research


Pitch framing is a common topic of conversation at DRaysBay, but it's not common knowledge for everyone. Whether you are new to the concept of quantifying a catcher's framing of the strikezone, or a seasoned sabermatrician, this article by friend-of-the-site Bradley Woodrum is well worth your time.

Get To Know Curt Casali


With Jose Lobaton shipped off to Washington, Curt Casali figures to have an increased role on the major league team in the next couple of years.

Evaluating the Forsythe and Lobaton trades


How the front office made two necessary moves to sure up the farm and improve the roster. Alternatively: the Rays traded from depth to get deeper.

Understanding the Approach of Rays Hitters


How well did you do with Ian's test on Monday? How well do you feel like you know the Rays hitters? One of the draws for watching baseball is knowing the tendencies of your pitchers and hitters,...

Replacing Hellickson's Lost Innings


Last week we also received word the Rays were in on A.J. Burnett, who could make more than David Price next season. Instead of that being an alternative to the former Cy Young winner, perhaps that...

Cyborg predictions: Rays pitching


Another attempt at finding the wisdom of the crowds.

Cyborg projections: Rays offense


Another attempt at finding the wisdom of the crowds.

David Price and risk


The Rays' apparent decision to keep Price is risky. A decision to trade him would also have been risky.

Stepping Up: Odorizzi, Colome, and Romero


What Jake Odorizzi, Alex Colome, and Enny Romero each need to do to become quality starters.

Mapping Out A David Price Extension


What would it take for David Price to sign a long term deal with the Tampa Bay Rays? Five years? Six? Seven? How much per year, $25M? Price seems excited to remain a Ray. What would a couple more...

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