Welcome to the Rays Tank, where the Rays are Lamontagne, who has never tanked a damn thing in his entire life, expect maybe while hat shopping. But before we get to the Link Dump and the Banal Chatter, how about a tour of This Day in Baseball? Ladies, gents, and 1118s, I give you: August 26th.
Remember when our pitchers used to finish what they started? Our first stop gives us a two-fer highlight from 2011, when Complete Game James notched his league leading 10th CG, backed by Evan Longoria's bat, en route to a 6-1 win over the Jays.
Stop #2 is from 2012, and it's just...weird. I've watched this a dozen times, and I'm still not sure what happened, other than the Marlins defense was awarded an out for being clumsy and inept.
If you stopped watching because it got long and boring: no, the out is not for the infield fly rule, because the ruling was the ball went foul without being touched. The out is for interference on runner on first for not getting out of the way (I guess?. IDGI.
Let's get back to normalcy with our third stop, where the man who brought us the Sweet Lou show caps off a rally by Cards with a two-run single.
Let that be a lesson to the league: never walk Pujols to get to an ex-Ray.
Our last stop lands us in Kansas City. Six weeks prior to this clip, Bo Jackson had homered in his last three at bats before being sidelined by a DL stint. On August 26, 1990, in his first time up upon his return, he does this.
Oh, what might have been if not for a careless horse collar tackle.
Here's some other stuff that happened on August 26th:
- 1916: Joe Bush twirls a no-hitter for the A's, besting Cleveland 5-0.
- 1930: Hack Wilson hits his 44th home run of the season, breaking Chuck Klien's one-year-old record National League record.
- 1939: The Dodgers host the Reds for a doubleheader at Ebbet's Field in the major league telecast. Red Barber calls the action for W2XBS. It is unknown how shortly thereafter the pictures, descriptions and accounts were used without the expressed written consent of Major League Baseball.
- 1967: Dean Chance, pitching for the Twins, no-hits the Indians in a 2-1 victory.
- 1987: Paul Molitor's hit streak ends at 39 games. It is the longest since Joe DiMaggio's record 56-game streak in 1941.
But that's enough ancient history for now. What's up with Your Rays right now? As promised, here's your Link Dump:
- For those wishing they could hit the rest button on the offseason and get Trea Turner, well, you're about to have the chance to watch Trea Turner in the bigs. Best guess is Alcides Escobar?
- For those who think sequencing is the key to offensive success, well, Dave Cameron notes that this year was weird.
- Are the wins getting younger? A graphical look.
- A bit ago we linked to something about how Michael Brantley was hitting better by being more aggressive. Now Kevin Ruprecht of Beyond the Box Score says, "Not so fast." It's more complex than that.
- This is behind the pay wall, but Baseball Prospectus is rolling out their new pitching metric, DRA, that tries to better adjust what part of pitching success deserves to go to the pitcher. Interestingly, you can see all the adjustment components. All Rays pitchers get adjusted down, because of defense, framing, and park, but the pitcher who benefited most of all during his time here was Kevin Jepsen.