The Rays have had some rough days on the field, off the field, in this country, out of this country this past week. But boy howdy was Sunday a sight for sore eyes. A long, often brutally frustrating game ended with a fun 18th inning tie breaking rally to defeat the Twins.
And then, when the day is almost over the Rays broke some more super fun news: Brendan McKay is getting the call.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 28, 2019
BREAKING: #Rays are calling up Brendan McKay to start Saturday game vs. Rangers— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 28, 2019
McKay to the Show
Top prospect Brendan McKay will start Saturday for the Rays. His numbers this year are otherworldly.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 28, 2019
AA: 1.30 ERA, 41.2 IP, 25 H, 9 BB, 62 Ks
AAA: 1.08 ERA, 25 IP, 13 H, 6 BB, 26 Ks
Oh, and he also hits. After scuffling at AA, McKay is slashing .265/.400/.551 with 4 HR at AAA.
- The Rays weren’t satisfied with playing 9 innings of super frustrating baseball on the final game of this road trip, so instead played double!
No one has scored here in Minneapolis since the top of the 2nd.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) June 27, 2019
It is now the top of the 15th.
In today's Rays-Twins game, @RaysBaseball tied the game in the top of the 2nd inning and then neither team scored until the top of the 18th.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) June 28, 2019
That's the most innings between runs in an AL game since September 1, 1906 (Philadelphia A's, 4-1 over Boston Americans in 24 innings).
- Tommy Pham summed it up well:
- Tampa Bay’s bullpen digs deep, delivers 17 shutout innings in much-needed victory - Josh Tolentino, The Athletic
- Kiermaier exits with leg tightness after dive - Juan Toribio, MLB.com: Why not throw a key injury onto the pile of awful that has been the previous fortnight?
- Yandy Diaz’s return offers opportunity to keep Rays’ infield fresh - Eduardo A. Encina, Tampa Bay Times: A much needed and a welcome return to the Rays.
- Orlando not pursuing Tampa Bay Rays as team discusses splitting home games with Montreal - Ryan Gillespie, Orlando Sentinel: Sounds like at this time they are sitting out making a pitch, but they firmly didn’t close that window for the future.
- The Madman Theory Of The Montreal/Tampa Bay Rays - Neil deMause, Deadspin: Is Stu taking a plan out of old Tricky Dick Nixon’s playbook?
- It’s been a rough road trip on and off the field, but it’s important to know that the future’s still bright down on the farm:
The Rays now have the most Top prospects in baseball following two graduations earlier this week— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) June 28, 2019
Rays -- 8
Padres -- 7
Braves -- 7https://t.co/KjxE5ehyxu
Oh. My. Wander Franco just DESTROYED his first High-A home run in Fort Myers. Apparently exit velocity apparently appeared as N/A. He may have broke the system— John Vittas (@JohnVittas3) June 28, 2019
Around the League
- What A Foul Ball Can Do - Kelsey McKinney, Deadspin: An excellent piece, and just more examples for why the league should extend netting in all ballparks.
- We’ve Reached the Point of “Too Many Homers” - Jay Jaffe, Fan Graphs: Alternative title is No Country for Mallex Smith.
- Trainers, MLB Teams Unhappy With Current International Signing System - Ben Badler, Baseball America: A fascinating and eye opening look into International Free Agency and the current signing system.
- The Nationals Face a Rapidly Closing Window - Dan Szymborski, Fan Graphs: One of the most promising windows of any franchise is coming to a close with a whimper.
- We Calculated Advanced Stats For The Congressional Baseball Game - Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight: The other area of DC baseball.
- The Grand Junction Rockies don’t want a name change, and are tired of your boner jokes - Eric Stephen, SB Nation: This is one of the weirder stories of the day.