Tag Archive | Tampa Bay Rays

A couple Rays of hope in Tampa Bay

A couple Rays of hope in Tampa Bay

Surprising to some, and maybe less surprising to others, the Tampa Bay Rays have found themselves solidly in the Wild Card hunt this year. While the late aughts and early teens brought the Rays success with superstars like Carl Crawford, James Shields, and David Price – who were all eventually priced out in one way […]

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

Brad Miller: 30 Home Run Hitter

It would be pretty incredible to predict Brad Miller would hit 30 homers even halfway into this year. I mean, the guy was brought up as a middle infielder where his bat was projected to be slightly above average to plus. Forecasting major league average power up the middle is nice to have, which is what […]

Fantasy winners and losers at the trade deadline

Fantasy winners and losers at the trade deadline

After one of the most historic trade deadlines in terms of quality as well as just shear volume of trades, it’s pretty easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain of how to feel – so don’t worry, I’m here to control your thoughts and tell you exactly how to make sense of your new look league, […]

Slow starts and how to feel about them

Slow starts and how to feel about them

Today we are going to do a reverse psychiatry session. Instead of me, the presumed mental health expert, asking how you feel, I’m going to give you some players and tell you how you should feel. Good? Slow starts are nothing to overreact to in the first month, but we are over a third of the […]

Is Evan Longoria a superstar again?

Is Evan Longoria a superstar again?

From his debut season in 2008 until the middle of the 2014 season, there was no player in baseball who had accumulated more fWAR than Evan Longoria. Combining a decent average and strong power with Gold Glove winning defense, Longo was seen not only as the face of the Tampa Bay Rays, but also one […]

Ace Analysis: Archer and Wainwright

Ace Analysis: Archer and Wainwright

The goal of the Ace Analysis Series will be to analyze pitchers whose most recent performance has not met expectations and try to determine whether the results are due to skill change, or simply a run of good/bad luck. I will analyze both struggling aces and unheralded players showing signs of a breakout. As always, […]

Late Round Outfield Targets

Late Round Outfield Targets

Last week I took a look at the high-end outfield options that most appeal to me. My usual plan is to pay big for a couple of big names like the ones discussed in the article, but since we need five outfielders, a utility spot, and have budget or draft limitations to deal with, we […]

Corey Dickerson’s hangover remedy

Corey Dickerson’s hangover remedy

With the Rockies looking to add bullpen depth to a team that is more than a couple of pieces away from contending, the Rays jumped in to grab one of their most productive hitters over the past few years in exchange for their former closer and current setup man, Jake McGee. With Dickerson going down […]

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Look at Evan Longoria

Familiarity Breeds Contempt: A Look at Evan Longoria

Third base is a position that is exciting to talk about because of the names at the top of the positional rankings. Machado! Bryant! Arenado! Donaldson! Tremendous numbers from all of them. There will be much discussion on who should be taken first out of those guys, which will resemble a debate about the best […]

SP Spotlight: Jake Odorizzi and Aaron Nola

SP Spotlight: Jake Odorizzi and Aaron Nola

There’s always value to be had either later in the draft or in the F/A pool when it comes to pitchers. Even in a pitching-rich era, some starters will falter, but many more will rise to fantasy relevance. In today’s spotlight, I opted for a player who’s been around for a bit and a rookie […]

A breakout to not buy, featuring Logan Forsythe

A breakout to not buy, featuring Logan Forsythe

When the Rays brought Logan Forsythe over from San Diego in a trade centered around Alex Torres, the front office was ecstatic about a platoon option given his dominance over lefties in his career. He had a down overall season in 2013 which is why he came for cheap, but a strong 2012 performance (110 […]