- Kevin Kiermaier hasn’t lost a step in the field, but at the plate he’s been struggiling to get his feet under him. So when Gio Gonzalez gave him a chance, in 2nd, with the bases loaded, KK was not to be denied.
- Wilson Ramos is really making his bid to return to DC for the All Star game emphatic, with two moonshot HRs last night.
- Blake Snell was absolutely filthy, devastating, and frankly unfair. How unfair? Check out the Pitching Ninja’s overlay gif of a 96 MPH fastball and a 81 MPH curveball. How can anybody hit a baseball in today’s game?
- There has been a lot said (and shouted) about the “opener”, but one thing that needs to be said is this: so far, it’s working.
- And in case you missed it, Brett Phillips followed up his previous opener twitter rant with an updated opener twitter rant.
Since the day that I tweeted this caffeine-induced rant, @RaysBaseball have had the MLB's best ERA. So far, Bullpen Day/The Opener is working!— DRaysBay (@draysbay) June 25, 2018
But, as some in the national media suggest: WHAT ABOUT FATIGUE? WHAT ABOUT AUGUST? Will the Rays' arms disintegrate, or merely fall off? https://t.co/wvUuYM2cSm
- In some cheeky fun, Rays twitter wants some restitution for the house guests wrecking the place:
- The International League’s Batter of the Week was Brandon Lowe and it’s not a shock at all. In the time it took for me to write this, Lowe probably smacked another homer.
Around the League:
- Edwin Jackson continued his tour of major league baseball, making his Oakland A’s debut, his 13th team (which ties the record). He tied that record yesterday on the anniversary of his 8 walk no-hitter against the Rays. Also, Chris Cotillo has interviews with three former teammates (including David Price) on E-Jax impact on their careers.
- The GIF answer to NL fans decrying why pitchers should hit.