- Firing on all cylinders, Rays win 7th straight - Adam Berry, MLB.com: Back to back excellent series from the Rays.
- In particular, Randy Arozarena looked an awful lot like October Randy vs the O’s:
Randy #3 in less than 24 hours pic.twitter.com/ZoGnUgxiKF— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 20, 2021
And his next 4 batted balls: 101, 100, 110, 112.— Rays Metrics (@RaysMetrics) May 20, 2021
Scorching hot. #RaysUp
- Rays sweep Orioles, win streak up to seven in a row - Joey Johnston, Tampa Bay Times: Pitching, defense, and the bats all locked in, in Baltimore.
- Rich Hill again had a tremendous start. Hill’s scoreless inning streak ended at an impressive 20.2 IP, after Trey Mancini took him deep. But that would be the only real blemish on the day, as he went another 6 dazzling innings filled with filthy curve magic:
Dick Mountain, Filthy 73mph Curveball. ⛰️ pic.twitter.com/65smREPIbU— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 20, 2021
Rich Hill Last 4 Starts: 0.42 ERA, 21 K— Stathead (@Stathead) May 20, 2021
At 41 years old, Hill is the 2nd-oldest pitcher in MLB history with a sub-0.50 ERA and at least 20 K in any 4-start span. The oldest to do it is Roger Clemens (age 42) in 2005.https://t.co/sreDHnNbBE pic.twitter.com/UjguPl423b
- Somebody check-in with La Russa and see if this was okay:
Rays Joey Wendle swings and misses on a 45 MPH pitch from Orioles infielder Stevie Wilkerson. Then Wendle hits a home run on the next pitch and is greeted with a high five from Rays manager Kevin Cash— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) May 20, 2021
(h/t @bbletter) pic.twitter.com/CXxgd4EqIe
- Rays looking forward to Jays ‘road trip’ - Adam Berry, MLB.com: Big test for the Rays on the “road” in Dunedin.
- Episode 4 of Pete Fairbanks’ pod is out:
Spring training roommates and best buds, Pete and Flem chat on this week's episode.— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) May 21, 2021
Around the League
- The Historic No-hitter Pace Is Bad for Fans. But It May Be Just What MLB Needs. - Ben Lindbergh, The Ringer: Somehow there was not a no-hitter last night around the league.
- ‘Just didn’t have it’: Ohtani’s velocity down - Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com: Shohei gave us all a fright when his velo was down nearly 6 MPH from where he normally sits. Hopefully his version of events are correct and the velocity drop was not a sign of anything more.
- Jury finds former Pirate Felipe Vazquez guilty of statutory sex assault, corruption and child porn - Mick Stinelli, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: After 4 hours of deliberation, a decisive verdict on the former reliever.
- Pujols gets his first HR in blue:
- deGrom’s rehab start in Single-A went quite well:
Jacob deGrom is throwing 102 MPH...— Palm Beach Cardinals (@GoPBCardinals) May 20, 2021
Someone send help.