Posts Tagged ‘Tampa Bay’

Keys to the Game: Rangers Vs. Rays, ALDS Game Three

October 3, 2011

Splitting the first two games of the series in Arlington, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays will seek a decisive game three victory this afternoon at Tropicana Field. The Rangers will send Colby Lewis (14-10, 4.40 ERA) to the hill. Lewis has been streaky this season but did pitch eight shutout innings in Tampa Bay this July. Lewis went 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in the 2010 postseason and is 3-0 in three career starts against the Rays. Tampa Bay will counter with struggling David Price (12-13, 3.49 ERA), who has not won a game in over a month. Also, Price has never defeated the Rangers, including two devastating losses to Texas in last years ALDS, and has an enormous 5.69 ERA in six career starts. Check out how many Runs Colby Lewis and David Price allowed in each start this season and how it effected their ERAs.

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Will Lewis continue his postseason and career success against the Rays or can Price snap out of his funk and pitch a dominant game?

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AL Starting Rotations

September 29, 2011

The Postseason is upon us and in a season when offensive production was down through out the league the age old adage “Pitching wins Championships” should ring even true in 2011. All four American League Playoff teams boast formidable projected four man rotations. The Detroit Tigers have the best one two punch with presumable AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40 ERA) and Doug Fister who is 8-1 with a 1.80 ERA since joining the Tigers at the trade-deadline. Check out Detroit’s projected playoff starting rotation.

DET: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The Defending AL Champion, Texas Rangers, have a fantastic starting trio of C.J. Wilson (16-7, 2.94 ERA), Derek Holland (16-5, 3.95 ERA) and Matt Harrison (14-9, 3.39 ERA). Check out the numbers for the projected Rangers starting pitchers.

TEX: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The “miracle” Rays have two pitchers, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson, with sub 3.00 ERAs. Check out how Tampa Bay’s potential postseason starting staff have performed this season.

TB: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

The New York Yankees finished with the best record in the American League but besides staff Ace, C.C. Sabathia (19-8, 3.00 ERA), the Bronx Bombers have some serious issues with their potential post-season starters. Ivan Nova (16-4, 3.70 ERA) has had a great rookie campaign but can the Yanks trust such an inexperienced arm in big pressure games? With Phil Hughes out with a back injured, can the pinstripes really in good faith give the ball to A.J. Burentt (11-11, 5.15 ERA). Check out how the four potential New York starters have performed in 2011.

NYY: ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

With such great pitchers except some excellent pitchers duels this postseason in the American League.

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Keys to the Game: Yankees Vs Rays, September 26,2011

September 26, 2011

One game back of the Boston Red Sox for the AL Wild Card Race, the Tampa Bay Rays must win this upcoming series with the New York Yankees, something they haven’t done all year, if they hope to keep their post-season aspirations alive. Tampa will send their best pitcher, James Shields (15-12, 2.84 ERA), to the the hill tonight. However, Shields has not fared well against the Yankees this year with the Rays dropping all three of his starts. Even worse, Shields is 4-11 with a 4.29 ERA in 19 career starts against the bombers. Check out Shields’ number against Yankees for his career.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & Hits Allowed (Green)

The Yankees will start Rookie Reliever, Hector Noesi (2-1, 4.14 ERA). Noesi has had success against the Rays, allowing two Earned Runs in 8.2 innings this season.

The Rays could have the advantage at the plate tonight, as the Yankees should be fatigued from the 23 innings they played against Boston yesterday in a day-night double header. Compare the production of the Yankees’ and Ray’s starting lineups tonight.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

Even though the Yankees will field a more productive lineup this evening, the Rays will have much fresher legs. One must wonder if Joe Girardi will begin to rest his starters and give the Rays a chance of overcoming the largest September deficit in history?

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A Race To The Finish

September 26, 2011

With the divisions clenched, the final races to the playoffs are the NL and AL Wild Card spots. In the AL race,  Boston is one game ahead of Tampa Bay who is only two games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels. In what appears to be a race to the finish, all three teams will continue to play strong during their remaining series. Today, Boston will play at Baltimore, while Tampa Bay will host the Yankees. Take a look at how these teams have played against each other during the season. Who do you think will get the AL Wild Card spot?

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Race for the AL Wild Card

September 12, 2011

The race for the AL Wild Card is heating up. Despite many believing that the Boston Red Sox would clench the Wild Card playoff spot, the Tampa Bay Rays are proving they still have a chance. The series between the Red Sox and Rays began with the Red Sox 6.5 games ahead of the Rays in the Wild Card race. The Rays desperately needed to sweep the Red Sox to remain alive in the race–and they did just that! The Rays are now only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race. Take a look at how these two Wild Card contenders compare offensively and defensively. Which team deserves the Wild Card spot?






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Keys to the Game: Tigers Vs Rays, August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

Tonight the AL Central leading Detroit Tigers will open a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  The opening game will feature a fantastic pitching match up, as Detroit’s AL Cy Young contender Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.31 ERA) will square off against the 6-foot-nine, Jeff Niemann (8-4, 3.29 ERA) of Tampa Bay.  Since returning from a back injury on June 20th, Niemann is 7-0 in 10 starts and has actually given up two fewer Earned Runs than Verlander has over his last 10 trips to the mound.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

While the Tigers have the more productive offense, the Rays have a better record and have only allowed only 484 Runs this season, the fewest in the American League.  Compare the production of tonight’s starting lineups for Detroit and Tampa Bay.

DET: RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Hits (Green)

TAM: RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Hits (Green)

With two dominant pitcher on the hill, runs will be at a premium tonight.  Expect the first team to score a couple of runs in a single frame to earn the victory.

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Keys to the Game: Rays Vs Red Sox, August 17, 2011

August 17, 2011

After splitting a day-night doubleheader yesterday, the Rays and the Red Sox will wrap a three game series this afternoon at Fenway.  The Red Sox will send John Lackey to the mound.  Lackey has recently turned his season around going 6-0 with a 3.92 ERA in his last seven starts and looks to cement his place as the third starter in the Boston Rotation.

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

Tampa will counter will David Price (10-10, 3.76 ERA) who has fared well against the Red Sox in his career, going 5-3 with a 3.55 ERA in eight starts.  However, he has given up 11 Home Runs in those eight games!

ERs Allowed (Blue), HRs Allowed (Orange) & SO (Green)

Red Sox Center Fielder and MVP candidate, Jacoby Ellsbury, homered in both games yesterday to drive in four of the five the Red Sox Runs.  Tampa Bay’s Center Fielder is no slouch either as B.J. Upton scored two and drove in another in yesterday’s nightcap.  Compare the production of the Center Fielders this season:

RBIs (Blue), HRs (Orange) & Stolen Bases (Green)

Who will win the rubber match in this decisive AL East series?

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Rumor Has It: Upton Edition

July 26, 2011

The topic of trade and the name B.J. Upton often go together, as they have for the past two years. According to rumors, the Rays’ center fielder has emerged as a trade candidate for the Giants, Nationals, Braves, and Brewers (to name a few).  True, this season hasn’t been Upton’s strongest, but the slugger is still averaging .229/.310/.395. Take a look at some more Upton stats.

Do you think the Rays would be making a smart move shipping him off this late in the season?

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When Your Offense is Dragging You Down

July 15, 2011

With a record of 49-41, the Tampa Bay Rays are still in the running for the competitive AL East title. Surprisingly, despite being third in their division, the Rays are ranked in the bottom half of their league in runs scored. So what’s keeping the team afloat? Luckily, the Rays have a strong starting rotation and bullpen. As a whole, the Rays pitching is ranked fourth in BAA and WHIP for the League with an ERA of 3.58. With key pitchers like James Shields, David Price, and Jeremy Hellickson, will the team’s defense be enough to outplay the hard hitters of the Red Sox and Yankees?

See how Tampa Bay Stacks up against a powerhouse like Boston

 

Rays pitching is keeping them in contention!

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