The Rays are in Chicago this weekend for a three game series against the White Sox. Lucky for Tampa Bay, they won't have to face Chris Sale, as he was placed on the DL three days ago with a flexor strain. The series preview will be posted later this afternoon, and tonight, Chris Archer will take the mound for the Rays against Erik Johnson of the White Sox at 8:10 PM ET.
After yesterday's loss to the Twins, the Rays left the Trop in style, with the theme of this road trip being "Express yourself with a hat 2.0". The Rays twitter provided pictures of some of the players in their hats, as shown below.
Really diggin that leopard print.
Jake missed the perfect opportunity to wear the Sorting Hat for this trip. There's always next time, I guess.
Joe Maddon offered his two cents on pinetar, and won twitter for the day.
I'm in favor of legalizing pine tar, but it's usage may have to begin with the Rockies and Mariners.— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) April 24, 2014
Wil gave thanks to a fan for providing some words of wisdom.
-Pineda was given a ten game suspension for his use of pinetar, so with a little rotation shuffle, he'll essentially miss one start.
-David Temple of FanGraphs takes a look at body types per lineup position.
-Carl Bialik of FiveThirtyEight wonders if the DH role is slowing the speed of games.
-AJ Griffin of the Athletics is stilland will have his elbow examined again next Tuesday.
-Does the Lightning's elimination from the NHL playoffs have you feeling down lately? Clark Brooks of SB Nation's Raw Charge understands your pain. You can let the healing begin. Some of the pointers are also applicable towards the Rays current struggles.