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The Undercards: Rained-Out Tampa Bay Rays Affiliates the Happy Ones

The Tampa Bay Rays were having a really good game on Thursday night until it ended extremely badly. The Montgomery Biscuits lost by 6 runs, the Bowling Green Hot Rods by 4. At least the Durham Bulls and Charlotte Stone ...

Game 42: Grant Balfour Blows It As Rays Lose 6-5

Does this game need a recap, really? Everyone will have went to bed thinking this win was safe, no way the Rays could have blown this one. Well, they did. In walk-off fashion and, in the process, squandering yet another ...

How Will the Rays Piece Together Second Base Without Ben Zobrist?

The Tampa Bay Rays have needed to cover quite a few positions the few years when their starting players have gotten injured. Evan Longoria went down in 2012, and the Rays use a plethora of players to replace him at third base. ...

Josh Lueke’s Socks Give More To the Tampa Bay Rays Than His Pitching

When Josh Lueke struck out two in a hitless appearance in the Tampa Bay Rays’ second game of the season, we thought for a moment that he might be a useful relief pitcher for their team. That thought has not crossed ...

Is Juan Carlos Oviedo Of The Tampa Bay Rays Returning To Form?

The Rays pitching staff has struggled this year thanks to a multitude of injuries and inconsistent performances. One of the lone bright spots in the bullpen has been Juan Carlos Oviedo, who is coming off Tommy John surgery.  Prior to this year, ...

Alex Cobb Nearing His Much-Needed Return To The Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have had a huge gap in their starting rotation this season. Jeremy Hellickson went down with an elbow injury before the year even started, Matt Moore had to undergo Tommy John surgery, potential fill-in Alex Colome was hit with a 50-game ...

Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price Recaptures Cy Young Form

It is only May, but last night’s game against the Seattle Mariners was a must-win contest for the Tampa Bay Rays. They had lost 6 of their last 7 games, including a 12-4 drubbing to the Mariners in the season ...

Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price Recaptures Cy Young Form

It is only May, but last night’s game against the Seattle Mariners was a must-win contest for the Tampa Bay Rays. They had lost 6 of their last 7 games, including a 12-4 drubbing to the Mariners in the season ...

The Undercards: Mike Montgomery Does His Best David Price Impression

David Price was incredible for the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Fellow lefty Mike Montgomery couldn’t quite match him, but he delivered a sparkling outing of his own to deliver the Durham Bulls to victory. Triple-A International League: Durham Bulls ...

Game 40: David Price And Late Comeback Propel Rays to 2-1 Win

After getting hammered during the first game of the series, the Tampa Bay Rays needed a big performance from David Price on Tuesday night to get back in the win column. That’s exactly what they got in the 2-1 victory. ...

The Tampa Bay Rays 2014 Draft Should Rely On High School Pitching

The Tampa Bay Rays used to be regarded as a team that was among the best in the business in drafting and developing their own players. But, they have gotten away from that reputation lately. Only two players that the ...

Time For David Price To Put The Tampa Bay Rays On His Back

The Tampa Bay Rays have seen their fair share of struggles so far this season. Not only have they experienced a multitude of starting pitching injuries, but even the pitchers who have stayed healthy have not performed up to expectations. ...

An Idea On How To Maximize Kean Wong’s Value

The Tampa Bay Rays’ 2013 draft class includes a host of promising young players. Nick Ciuffo, Ryne Stanek, and Riley Unroe, the first and second round picks, are all touted as potential stars. So far, however, fourth round pick Kean Wong has been ...

The Undercards: The Curious Case of the Enny Romero Scratch

Most of the time, our minor league recaps here at Rays Colored Glasses about the players who actually played. This one is also mostly about them, but we have to talk about one player who didn’t: Enny Romero. The scheduled ...

Game 39: Cesar Ramos’ Bipolar Pitching Leads Tampa Bay Rays to 12-5 Loss

The Tampa Bay Rays fell to the Seattle Mariners in the opening game of a seven game road trip by a final score of 12-5. The game literally couldn’t have started off any worse for Cesar Ramos and company, as the ...

Is Ryne Stanek the Highest-Upside Pitching Prospect in the Rays’ System?

On May 8th, more than eleven months after he was drafted, Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Ryne Stanek finally made his professional debut. The wait was long, but the results were about as impressive as everyone expected. Stanek went 5 ...

Who Could the Tampa Bay Rays Call Up to Improve Their Bench?

The Tampa Bay Rays’ bench has been a major issue thus far in 2014. Its problems have not as pronounced as that of the rotation, bullpen, or the offense in general, but it may be the situation least likely to ...

Game 38: The Beat Goes On, Tampa Bay Rays Lose 6-5

Before I get to the gory details of another Tampa Bay Rays loss, I just want to wish the mothers who read Rays Colored Glasses a Happy Mothers Day. It was bound to be a bad combination frankly. Every time ...

What Happened To Chris Archer’s Changeup?

Chris Archer has always had questions with two things- his command and his changeup. The command has come a long way, and while he still needs to work on the consistency of it, it is much better than in the past. His ...

Rays Give Zach Cooper’s Upside A Look With Minor League Deal

As a writer in my fourth year of covering the Tampa Bay Rays, I have become convinced that the only purpose of in-season minor league signings is to give people like me something to talk about. The Tampa Bay Rays sign ...

The Undercards: Hak-Ju Lee Gets Back On Track As Durham Wins Big

It has been quite the last year for Hak-Ju Lee. First, a dirty slide by Travis Ishikawa led to Lee tearing his ACL and missing most of 2013. If that wasn’t bad enough, a calf strain caused him to miss the first ...

Rays Game 37: Erik Bedard Strong Again in 3-Hit Win

The Tampa Bay Rays have been looking for some pitcher to be the stopper ever since Alex Cobb went on the disabled list. Little did we know that Erik Bedard would be that pitcher. Erik Bedard played with fire in ...

Can Curt Casali Overtake Jose Molina By Year’s End?

Curt Casali has been playing out of his mind as of late. After putting up an insane .383/.438/.600 line in a 35 game cameo last season in Double-A, the Tampa Bay Rays elected to send Casali back to Double-A to start this ...

Game 35: David Price So-So, But Offense Struggles As Rays Lose

The Tampa Bay Rays had won previous divisional series against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees before coming into another important divisional series against the Baltimore Orioles. But after losing the first two games against the Baltimore Orioles, the Rays could ...

Are the Rays Stuck in a Troy Percival Situation With Joel Peralta?

The Tampa Bay Rays have gotten off to a rough start to this season, but one positive has been seeing the Rays’ relatively young bullpen arms who will be around for years to come. Jake McGee has looked as strong ...

Rays vs. Orioles: A Visit to Tropicana Field

With the Rays were back in town hot off winning a series with the Yankees in New York, I thought I would take in my first live game of the season on Tuesday. Here are a few reflections on my ...

Tyler Goeddel Rewarding Rays’ Faith in Breakout Year

The Tampa Bay Rays had a record 10 picks before the second round in the 2011 MLB Draft, and it is unsurprising that the first of those picks, Taylor Guerrieri got the highest bonus at $1.6 million. Right behind him, ...

Mark Rogers Could Be A Worthy Reclamation Project for the Rays

It is so frustrating when top prospects fall apart. Prospects have become such a valuable commodity in baseball these days, and it has become increasingly rare to see highly-regarded ones get dealt. When they fail, however, that is when teams ...

The Undercards: Tyler Goeddel Homers to Continue Hot Streak

There are not too many more satisfying feelings that the one when you realize that a prospect has finally broken through. The paranoia will be in the back in our heads for a long time, but Tyler Goeddel‘s numbers keep ...

Game 34: Cesar Ramos Solid, But The Tampa Bay Rays Lose 4-3

This has been a crazy season for the Tampa Bay Rays. If you had told me prior to the season that Cesar Ramos would be one of the most, if not the most, reliable starter in the Rays’ rotation, I ...

Joel Peralta: The Tampa Bay Rays Second “Lefty” In The Bullpen

The Tampa Bay Rays have seen their fair share of bullpen realignment in the past few days. On Sunday, Heath Bell was designated for assignment, and Nate Karns was called up to give the bullpen some rest. Karns would not pitch ...

Can Erik Bedard Continue Being Dependable for the Tampa Bay Rays?

For the second start in a row, Erik Bedard pitched a very good game, this time against the New York Yankees. He had to because he was still living on borrowed time. Going in the game against the Yankees, Bedard had not won ...

Friday Night Fantasy Baseball Contest – Free Chance at $5,000

The Tampa Bay Rays are in action on Friday night and Rays Colored Glasses has partnered with Fantasy Feud to offer you an exclusive 1-day fantasy baseball contest. In addition to the $100 in prizes, 3 lucky winners will get ...

Game 33: Chris Archer Falters and Rays Lose 5-3

Coming into this game, there were things going good for the Tampa Bay Rays and things not so good. The Rays were 6-0 in one run games, had won four of the past five games, and had seen Erik Bedard ...

Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Update: Steve Geltz Latest to Be Suspended

I don’t believe we’ve ever done an article like this at Rays Colored Glasses, but maybe this will start a trend. The Tampa Bay Rays minor league system saw a few interesting things happen yesterday, and let’s talk about them. ...

The Undercards: Curt Casali, Defensive Madness Stand Out in Durham Bulls Loss

So much is happening in the Rays minor league system that we’re having our first ever Rays Colored Glasses Minor League Update later today in addition to this. Over there, though, you will get to hear about Curt Casali‘s Durham ...

Tyler Bortnick: A Forgotten Former Tampa Bay Rays Farmhand

The Tampa Bay Rays are known for making great trades. Andrew Friedman’s ability to do so is a big reason why they are competitive year in and year out. In fact 14 out of the 24 players currently on the Rays’ ...

Yankees: Sabathia needs to eat and Jeter needs to move

After yesterday’s 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, I am running out of excuses to prove looking the other way any longer. As Derek Jeter and CC Sabathia continue to endorse themselves as the New York Yankees two weakest ...

Josh Lueke Reminds Us That The Rays Always Prioritize The Future

In a controversial move on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Rays designated Heath Bell for assignment and called-up Nate Karns to give the bullpen some rest (though he wouldn’t pitch and was subsequently sent down after Sunday’s game). The reason this ...

Curt Casali One Step Closer to Forcing Way Into Rays’ Catching Picture

The Tampa Bay Rays have their concerns with their team right now, but catcher does not rank highly among them. Ryan Hanigan is signed for the next three years with a team option and has impressed considerably both offensively and ...

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