The Rays won last night in dramatic fashion, with Kevin Kiermaier tying things up in the ninth, and then the Rays going on to win in the tenth. Rays twitter pointed out that the last time the Rays tied the game with a two-out home run in the ninth inning was way back in 2011.
Always a good time to watch The Great Pumpkin.
There’s a ton of good writing about the Rays from yesterday and today, so let’s get right to the links.
- Devin Fink took a deep dive on the improvement of Logan Morrison, one of the beneficiaries of the fly ball revolution.
- Carl Gonzalez wrote about whether the Rays should keep Jesus Sucre or Derek Norris once Wilson Ramos joins the team. It’s not as clear cut a question as people may have thought.
- Jeff Sullivan wrote about what an outlier Corey Dickerson is.
- Patrick Dubuque thoroughly investigated averageness, and found that Matt Andriese is the most average pitcher in baseball. His 50-ness is an 80.
- Eno Sarris on the changing strike zone.
- What if Lebron James played baseball?
- It’s behind the paywall, but Baseball America has a good article profiling the unusually high number of two way players—guys who could either play the field or pitch—in this years draft.
- Todd Kalas remembers 2010 (h/t @RogerMooney50).
HOU reaching rarified territory. 33-16 or better after 49 games. One of four teams last 10 years (2009 Dodgers, 2010 Rays, and 2016 Cubs)— Todd Kalas (@RealToddKalas) May 27, 2017