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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 ...

The Undercards: Oscar Hernandez Drills 2 Homers in Bowling Green Win

The small sample size giveth and the small sample size taketh away. A player can be struggling mightily early in the season, but a few great games can suddenly make him look like he’s having a big year. That has ...

Who Takes Heath Bell’s Permanent Spot In The Bullpen?

If you haven’t already caught wind, the Tampa Bay Rays designated reliever Heath Bell for assignment this morning and have called up Nate Karns from Triple-A to take his place. Karns was scheduled to start for Triple-A Durham today, but with the Rays bullpen ...

Game 32: Erik Bedard Stout When The Tampa Bay Rays Needed Him Most

In a bit of irony, the Tampa Bay Rays called up Nate Karns on Sunday in attempt to give the bullpen some rest, however they wouldn’t even need to use Karns in the game. The Rays were hardly complaining though, as ...

Hot Rod of the Day: German Marquez

Don’t look now, but here come the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Arguably one of the hottest teams in minor league baseball, the Bowling Green club has made a considerable turnaround. After taking three of four from the South Bend Silver Hawks, ...

Breaking Rays News: Heath Bell Designated for Assignment, Nate Karns Called Up

Just an hour ago at Rays Colored Glasses, we were talking about how it made a lot of sense for the Tampa Bay Rays to call up Nate Karns in a long relief role. The Rays did make that move, ...

The Undercards: Merrill Kelly Strong As Bulls Walk-Off In Extras

With the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff continually struggling, it is getting harder and harder to see talented starters that are performing well in Triple-A. The Rays have a plethora of top pitching prospects in Triple-A, including the likes of Nate Karns and Enny ...

Yankees: Beating Bedard should be enough to win

After enduring a torturous Friday night loss, the Yankees dusted themselves off and paid back the Rays yesterday to tie up the series at a game apiece. Even with the unpredictable CC Sabathia on the bump, one would think the ...

Should the Rays Demote Jake Odorizzi To Get Past Their Bullpen Situation?

Thanks to a doubleheader, a 14-inning game, and a trio of starters that did not last five innings, the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen has now tossed 20.2 innings over the last three days. That is confounding number, and it is ...

The Tampa Bay Rays’ Disastrous Bullpen Management

The Tampa Bay Rays rarely get criticism for the way they run their ballclub. In fact, they compete year in and year out because Andrew Friedman and the front office are so good at managing a roster. But, in the ...

Rays Game 31: Jake Odorizzi, Josh Lueke Come Apart Again

With a bullpen that had thrown 15.2 innings, the Tampa Bay Rays desperately needed Jake Odorizzi to provide length. However, Odorizzi had not pitched five innings in three starts, with issues the second time through the order dismantling him every ...

The Undercards: Hunter Wood, Hot Rods Hurl 6-Hit Shutout

As the Tampa Bay Rays’ extra-inning contest with the New York Yankees approached 6 hours, it was nice to see at least one Rays affiliate play a game in under 3. With Hunter Wood leading the way the Bowling Green ...

James Loney: The Tampa Bay Rays’ Mr. Clutch

Clutch seems to be James Loney’s middle name, especially in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform. Nowhere was that proven more than the back end of the doubleheader versus Boston. Twice during the game Loney singled in Sean Rodriguez. The first ...

Yankees: Not much to say after heartbreaking loss

The New York Yankees lost a 14-inning heartbreak-er early this morning to none other than the Tampa Bay Rays, 10-5. Derek Jeter went 0-7 for the first time in his career, and the Yankees were 1-13 with runners in scoring ...

Game 30: David Price Stellar As Tampa Bay Rays Win In 14th

The Tampa Bay Rays had an exciting Thursday, as they beat the Boston Red Sox in both games of a doubleheader. But, they couldn’t be excited for too long, as they had to travel to New York to take on the ...

A Look At Sean Rodriguez’s Power Surge

The score was 5-2 Boston. Chris Archer had just had a horrendous fifth inning, giving back a 2-0 lead. Evan Longoria reached in the sixth on a pop up that Boston third baseman Wil Middlebrooks misplayed and up stepped Sean ...

Yunel Escobar Might Finally Get Hot After His Big Game

Yunel Escobar struggled out of the gates in 2013, posting just a .169/.229/.286 line in the month of April. He was hoping to avoid a similar cold start this season, but he has been unable to do so, posting just a .217/.280/.293 ...

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