Monday, October 19, 2020

Here We Go — Rays vs Dodgers

 

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The Tampa Bay Rays against the Los Angeles Dodgers is, to many, an unequal match. The Rays had the best record in the American League, but the Dodgers had a better record in the National League. The Dodgers payroll has got individual players with larger salaries than the entire Rays roster. 

The Rays have played 14 games over the last couple of weeks, winning 9. The Dodgers have played just 12, also winning 9. I don't know if that's an advantage or disadvantage. However, I would guess that the Rays are happy to get out of San Diego. They've been in that "bubble" for a long time.

The folks over at FiveThirtyEight have numbers that show the Dodgers as heavy favorites:


They might even go so far as to pick the Dodgers in four — but they would have done the same in the NLCS, which went seven.


We are left with hope, youth, and managerial skills.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Rays Are In

 

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Forgive me for thinking that I might never see so many ex-Durham Bulls in the World Series as we will see on Tuesday, but I was worried. 

I am really tired of looking at the shadows in San Diego. I know that television rules the playoffs (just behind covid), but everything on the west coast and middle of the country? But the move to Texas is OK. East coast would be better.

I'm not rooting for either the Braves or the Dodgers tonight, but I guess it would be fun to see a southeastern world series. Plus, the Bulls used to be a Braves franchise back before the Rays, née Devil Rays, and the AAA Durham Bulls (and the DBAP) came into existence.

Congrats to all. Well-deserved. They worked for it.


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

One More Win

 

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The Rays are one game away from going to the World Series. The Braves are handling the Dodgers. What an odd playoff season, but so nice to see ex-Durham Bulls doing so well out there in San Diego. 

FiveThirtyEight has a nice take on how the Rays are doing it (written before Wednesday night's win). Plus their updated Predictions imply that it could be a Rays/Braves World Series. Wouldn't that be something?

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Matchups - League Championships

 More geek stuff from the folks over at FiveThirtyEight

The Dodgers are still looking very good for the National League (first game is Monday). The Rays won an incredible thriller last night (Friday) and play the Astros on Sunday. It looks to be a close game.




Friday, October 9, 2020

And Then There Was One

 


And suddenly there is just one contest lest in the Division series. The Astros (AL) are in. In the NL, the Dodgers and Braves are in. The only spot left is for the Rays or the Yankees. 

A couple of ex-Durham Bulls are with the Rays, so guess who I'm rooting for?

Thursday, October 8, 2020

On the Verge

 


The Rays, Astros, Dodgers, and Braves need one more game to get into their finals. Rays-Yankees contest is particularly interesting and fun to watch.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Matchups

 Geek stuff. According to the number-crunchers at FiveThirtyEight, here's how the next round of playoffs looks. By the numbers, the LA Dodgers should have a relatively easy time of it over the Padres. So should the Braves over the Marlins. However, The Astros/Athletics matchup is much closer and the Rays/Yankees competition is a wash (even though the Rays owned the Yankees this year). Should be fun.



Saturday, October 3, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Rays Sweep Blue Jays

 

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The Rays are off to San Diego to play the Yankees in the Division series "bubble". Nice to see Charlie Montoyo, but the Rays were in a groove these last couple of days. 

Monday, September 28, 2020

Rays Have Great Year; Now for the Playoffs

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Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays for a terrific year. Also one of the weirdest years in baseball history. But the game itself has not changed ... much. So let's see what happens beginning Tuesday.



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

It's Official — No Bulls Baseball This Year


Well, it happened. We knew it would, but it still hurts to know that we will not be going to the DBAP to watch the Bulls this year.

Several players we watched last year are on the Rays' 40-man and the new 60-man "pool", and we'll probably see some baseball. But no Bulls, no baseball in Bull City.

Press release here (with terrific video by Mike Birling); N&O article here; thinkpiece out of St Petersburg here, snippet on the 60 pool here.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Netting!

I was not a fan of the new netting when it was first installed, but, having dodged a bat more than once, I thought it was OK. And there was the problem of inattentive adults with small children seating them with their backs to the field on the top of the dugout...

This just makes sense. Must be outrageously expensive though ...

https://www.milb.com/durham/news/durham-bulls-to-extend-dbap-protective-netting/c-312767622?fbclid=IwAR0GkYBdkQssS3q6s5mb7U_AJYLJwq6A8m9xIq1fnltWoupCIEu6WEr-Dok

Monday, February 10, 2020

Pitchers and Catchers Report on Wednesday

Time is getting close ...

https://www.mlb.com/rays/news/rays-2020-spring-training-faqs

The hardest part of Spring Training is that it’s a different type of baseball than what we’re used to seeing. It’s a gradual buildup toward opening day, individuals are focused on themselves, not as much on who they’re facing.
With that context, here are some key areas to focus on and also what not to pay attention to over the next six weeks. Here’s the most important thing to ignore:

https://raysradio.mlblogs.com/rays-spring-training-what-are-we-looking-for-and-what-to-ignore-55d8b64e483e