Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Wednesday’s Rays-Indians game

We raised the question a few weeks ago, and it seems more likely now: LHP Blake Snell might be having the best season of any Ray, including LHP David Price's 2012 AL Cy Young show. Snell is 19-6, 2.03 with three more starts, likely one against Texas and two against Toronto.

If or how Ji-Man Choi fits on the 2019 squad is a subject for the offseason, especially if he is only a DH. But he is certainly giving the Rays a lot to think about with his production (.333 average, 1.103 OPS since Aug. 9) and his affable presence in the clubhouse.

As stocked as the Rays seem to be in middle infielders, they keep putting more on the field. A few weeks ago they called up Brandon Lowe, who is showing off his sweet swing. The latest is Andrew Velazquez, who looks smooth anywhere on the field and valuable as a switch-hitter.

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Rays morning after: Choi on an impressive pace

Rays morning after: Choi on an impressive pace

Ji-Man Choi doesn't want to get caught up in the numbers game.In leading the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Rangers on Monday, Choi hit his eighth homer in 43 games/146 at-bats since getting called up.That projects over a full season to roughly 30-plus h...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Blake Snell goes for a Rays’ rarity, his 20th win Tuesday

Blake Snell goes for a Rays’ rarity, his 20th win Tuesday

ARLINGTON, Texas — Blake Snell is still focused on smaller numbers that can have a larger impact, specifically the 61/2 games his Rays are behind the A's for the final American League playoff spot after  a 3-0 victory over the Rangers on M...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow strong in victory over Rangers

Rays journal: Tyler Glasnow strong in victory over Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — RHP Tyler Glasnow finally got his first win as a Ray Monday night.And he flirted with — or at least winked at — a no-hitter along the way.With six solid innings (and only two infield hits allowed) by Glasnow, a te...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Rangers game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Rangers game

RHP Tyler Glasnow is obviously still a work in progress, and prone to the occasional blow up. But his first six innings on Monday were another impressive glimpse at the potential he has to be a dominating starter, which is exactly what the Rays had i...
Updated: 12 hours ago
Cardinals Kolten Wong rips Rays for not calling up brother Kean, says they are “bad organization”

Cardinals Kolten Wong rips Rays for not calling up brother Kean, says they are “bad organization”

Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong ripped the Rays for not calling up his younger brother, Kean, from Triple-A, saying he was passed over repeatedly."He's just in a bad organization which doesn't give chances to guys who deserve chances. That's tough for him. ...
Published: 09/17/18
For starters: Rays at Rangers, with a left-leaning lineup

For starters: Rays at Rangers, with a left-leaning lineup

UPDATE, 6:36: Cash said it's surprising Glasnow doesn't have a win given that he's pitched so well for the most part. … Cash said it just day off for Duffy, who will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. … TV man Dewayne Staats is expected to...
Published: 09/17/18
Rays journal: Team playing like it has ‘nothing to lose’

Rays journal: Team playing like it has ‘nothing to lose’

ST. PETERSBURG — The unnecessarily dramatic ending aside, the Rays felt pretty good about what transpired Sunday in securing a 5-4 victory and a series win over the previously red-hot A's."It showed me that we got a really good team here,'' roo...
Published: 09/16/18
Winning record gives Rays something to hold onto

Winning record gives Rays something to hold onto

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays, barring a total collapse by the A's or Yankees, are not going to post enough victories to make it into the playoffs.But after hanging on to the beat the A's again Sunday, 5-4, they insured that for the first time sinc...
Published: 09/16/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-A’s game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-A’s game

As impressive as Willy Adames' 420-foot homer was, making it more so was it came in the at-bat after his base­running blunder, getting doubled off second on Jesus Sucre's bases-loaded liner. All players make mistakes; good ones move on quickly.A...
Published: 09/16/18
Rays hang on to beat A’s 5-4, guarantee a winning season

Rays hang on to beat A’s 5-4, guarantee a winning season

ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays, barring something really extraordinary, are not going to log enough victories to make it into the playoffs this year.But by hanging on Sunday to beat the A's for a second straight day, 5-4 this time, they made it offi...
Published: 09/16/18