Olney says Rays know Carl Crawford was unlucky.

The Rays use various metrics to evaluate their players, and what those numbers showed was that Crawford could've easily hit higher than the average he finished with, given the percentage of line drives he hit, given the number of times he seemingly hit into bad luck. Glad we aren't the only ones who noticed. We've said this for awhile here and here and the Guide.

Four "Young Guns" Whenever I see an article...


Four "Young Guns" Whenever I see an article from a worthwhile source that includes commentary on Rays, I figure people would like to look at it. This is from THT today. Kalk seems more optimistic about Hammel's chances to be a pretty decent major leaguer than many of us here do. And he also is not in favor of Niemann in the bullpen.

MLB 30 teams in 30 days


The Rays "episode" will air on 03/04.

Percival with a funny

"I'll go get the first two outs for him. Of course, he might have to come in with the bases juiced." On "helping" Isringhausen get the seven saves he needs for 300 It would be a lot funnier if it wasn't so true.

Big Papi's connection to tainted trainer


Guilt by Association? Well you know Ortiz did come out of nowhere...



Base running: I don't usually find Chastain's articles particularly interesting, but I think this one is, perhaps because I think the Rays have made too many outs on the base paths the last few years. Aggressive is one thing, but reckless is quite another. Glad he is keeping records and trying to instill the fundamentals.

Matt Joyce day-to-day with sore calf

OF Matt Joyce is sidelined for at least a few days with a sore right calf, though he does not expect it to be a lingering injury. "It's a little bump in the road,'' he said. "I don't think it's anything to really be worried about. It's nothing major. I'll be out there in a couple days. Also Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann were named starters for this weeks games.