It was a better week for the Rays than you probably remember. After sweeping the Cards at the Trop, they took one of three from the Twins in Minnesota, giving them a 4-2 week. Unfortunately, the Yankees continued their winning ways, and the Blue Jays kept pace, leaving the Rays still in third place in the AL East, nine games behind New York and half a game behind Toronto. The Rays are off today before kicking off a big three game set in New York against the Yankees on Tuesday, before they head to Baltimore for three games against the Orioles.
Before we leave Minnesota behind, let’s take one more look at Randy Arozarena, the Rays version of Mr. Fantastic.
No one has more wild plays at the plate than Randy Arozarena pic.twitter.com/aDcKrzqhDc— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 12, 2022
Over the weekend, Kevin Kiermaier tied BJ Upton for the most outfield assists in team history.
Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier got his 52nd career outfield assist on Saturday, tying BJ Upton’s franchise record.https://t.co/jpnAOlqDtw— Sports by Tampa Bay Times (@TBTimes_Sports) June 12, 2022
If it seems like the Rays have lost a lot of days to the IL, that’s because they have. Through Thursday, their 716 days was most in the AL and third overall. And that was before Zunino hit the IL over the weekend.
If you watch the games, it shouldn’t surprise you the four Rays are on the underachiever list.
Joe Maddon was fired by the Angels. Which means he wasted a Mohawk.
Some Carlos Peña to brighten your Monday morning.
Trouble in the Marlins clubhouse between Jazz Chisholm and Donnie Baseball.
Tony LaRussa intentionally walked Trea Turner on a 1-2 to get to Max Muncy.
"When was the last time you saw somebody intentionally walked on 1-2?"— White Sox Talk (@NBCSWhiteSox) June 9, 2022
"Doesn't happen often."
“And I took that personally.” - Max Muncy, probably
The weirdest part of the post game presser wasn’t when TLR was dismissive of any questions to his strategy. No, the weirdest part was how it sounded like he thought the count carried over to the next hitter.
“I mean is that really a question?”— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) June 9, 2022
Tony La Russa suggests that it was obviously a good decision to intentionally walk Trea Turner with two strikes to get to Max Muncy, who hit a home run pic.twitter.com/8WYlwJTCm0
Lots of people did the math for Tony, but we’ll just go with Ben Clemens.
More on Angel Hernandez’s discrimination case against MLB.
Umpire Angel Hernandez alleged in a legal filing that MLB manipulated its internal umpiring metrics to disadvantage minorities, thereby excluding them from becoming crew chiefs.@dankaplan with more: https://t.co/TrxdQ94ToY pic.twitter.com/jGjgSt35FF— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 9, 2022
More lawsuits, this time in Baltimore.
This is an interesting piece from Tom Tango.
Blog Post: Is it possible for a batter to prefer batting in an 0-1 count instead of 0-0? https://t.co/yrv5mCIAh4— Tangotiger (@tangotiger) June 12, 2022
Players sound off on the shift.
I spoke with Votto, Gallo, Rizzo, Boone, Epstein and others for this story on the shift. Link here: https://t.co/OoznzAkaGK— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) June 7, 2022
Joey Votto: "I've heard this countless times, especially from talking heads. Uncle with the 'Why don't you learn how to hit the ball the other way?'"
A rough night for the Cincinnati grounds crew.
Shortened Spring Training didn’t just impact pitchers pic.twitter.com/wIXKt13tYk— Molls (@mollyburkhardt) June 7, 2022
In other rain news:
Meanwhile in The Netherlands.. pic.twitter.com/QnSqDL4FXB— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 8, 2022
Former teammates Joe Musgrove and Chad Kuhl played tic tac toe on the mound.
There is “position player pitching,” and then there’s … this:
This 35.1 MPH Frank Schwindel pitch is the slowest (known/measured) MLB pitch to ever get hit for a home run! pic.twitter.com/oSO3sLnUyo— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) June 12, 2022
Palate cleanser: I never cared very much for John Cena the wrestler. But John Cena the human being? They don’t get much better.
Misha, a non-verbal teen with Down’s Syndrome, didn’t understand why his family had to flee Mariupol this year.— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) June 11, 2022
To placate him, his mother told him they were travelling to meet John Cena.
Cena heard… and went to Amsterdam to oblige.
Just brilliant. pic.twitter.com/vix2OhkXZs