Yesterday the Rays and Yanks got snowed out what was supposed to be the home opener for the Yankees (with the game rescheduled to today at 4:05 PM). Today the weather forecast from NOAA is expecting a 50% chance of rain for the Bronx, so stay tuned for whether this non-domed team can actually host a home game in April.
The snow day now sets the Rays up with Archer going today, Blake Snell tomorrow in this two game series, and double Bullpen Day against the Red Sox:
So while #Rays now get to use their top starters vs. #Yankees in Archer and Snell, they will go into Boston to face #Redsox with two “bullpen days” - TBD, Faria and TBD— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 2, 2018
The Boston series will be an early test of the Rays pitching depth, the bullpen day plan, and the Durham shuttle. I’m sure plenty in the traditionalist world will be getting ready to gleefully submit their tweets and columns if just one of those TBD games goes pear shaped (or continue to ignore those games if there is no fruit shaped result).
- Early TV numbers are in, and the Rays are up 17% from last year’s home opener.
- Marc Topkin shares his thoughts on the hot of the presses Minor League Rosters.
- Jake Faria is keeping a memory of his grandfather in his locker, and the story is very heartwarming.
- It’s been a rough start for the Rays offense, and an even rougher start for former Rays hitters in new places.
- Grant Brisbee asks a rhetorical question about whether Giants fans should start to panic about Longo’s ice cold start. Obviously the answer is no, but the article is a pretty good one on why the answer is no.
- Brisbee also has a new weekly column at SB Nation.
- Brian Dozier was upset that the Baltimore Orioles kept playing baseball during a baseball game, and he’s not backing down despite much mockery of his very obviously bad opinion.
- Comedy gold in an incredible Baseball Prospectus power rankings. Seriously, this is some hilarious stuff, packed with puns, obscure literary references, and snark levels that are off the charts! Personal favorite from the list:
At this point the Dodgers are basically Sisyphus if Sisyphus got very slightly worse with each attempt.