Angels, Pujols deal the Rays a difficult defeat

by Gary Shelton on September 16, 2019 · 0 comments

in general

Meadows now has 31 homers on the season./CHUCK MULLER

 Monday, 4 a.m.

The reason it hurts so much when the Tampa Bay Rays lose is simple.

The Oakland A’s won’t.

The Rays lost to the Anaheim Angels, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon, a frustrating bit of news when you consider that the A’s won their sixth straight, and their eighth the last 10. The A’s now lead Tampa Bay by a game and a half in the wild-card standings, while the Rays lead Cleveland by a game and a half.

It was a tough afternoon for the Rays. Starting pitcher Ryan Yarbrough gave up 10 hits and six earned runs in just five innings, and the Rays’ hitters managed just two

Content beyond this point is for members only.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

d’Arnaud delivers again as Rays defeat Anaheim

by Gary Shelton on September 15, 2019 · 0 comments

in general

d’Arnaud has come through in the clutch./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

It’s hard to imagine now, which makes it a perfect time to bring it up.

Do you remember when the world threw Travis d’Arnaud away?

Do you remember when the Mets cut him? Remember when the Dodgers didn’t have a use for him. Remember when he was one of a revolving door of catchers for the Rays.

These days, he’s one of a select handful of players who could be the team’s MVP.

Content beyond this point is for members only.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

USF starts fresh with win over South Carolina State

by Gary Shelton on September 15, 2019 · 0 comments

in general

Quarterback Jordan McCloud accounted for five touchdowns./JOE MESTAS

Sunday, 3 a.m.

Forget the weakness of the opponent. Pay no mind to the lopsided score of the game.

For USF, the important part of Saturday night’s victory was simple.

It was a new start.

Say hello to freshman quarterback Jordan McCloud, who is now behind the steering wheel of the USF Bulls.

After eight straight defeats, the Bulls changed quarterbacks, benching Blake Barnett in favor of McCloud. McCloud responded by hitting 16 of 27 yards for 217 yards and three touchdowns ina 55-16 win. He also ran for two scores.

Content beyond this point is for members only.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Looking back on the Bucs’ victory over Carolina

by Gary Shelton on September 14, 2019 · 0 comments

in general

Winston was solid for the Bucs./STEVEN MUNCIE

5 Thoughts

1. Jameis Winston threw 25 times Thursday night. That’s a good number, because it means the Bucs are trying to run the ball. Counting four Winston scrambles, they ran it 31 times against the Panthers, meaning Winston didn’t have to carry the load all by himself. Yippee.

2. The Bucs still miss Jason Pierre-Paul. But they miss him a lot less with Shaq Barrett.

3. I might have been wrong about Vernon Hargreaves.

Content beyond this point is for members only.

[click to continue…]

{ 0 comments }

Morton solid in Rays’ easy victory over Anaheim

September 14, 2019 general

Saturday, 3 a.m. This is why he was brought in. This is why he is worth the money. Charlie Morton won his 15th game of the season Friday night, tying his most in a season over his career, as the Rays found their balance again after two straight losses. Morton, though not as his best, […]

Read the full article →

Hargreaves, Bucs, stop the Panthers just short

September 13, 2019 general

Friday, 4 a.m. A year ago, they do not win this game. Five years ago, 10 years ago, for most of the years this franchise has tried to play this game, the Bucs do not win this game. On the road? With the other team driving? With too many penalties? Squint, and you can picture […]

Read the full article →

Bad pitching again trips up the Rays in Texas

September 13, 2019 general

Friday, 3 a.m. For most of the season, you have been able to count on the pitching of the Tampa Bay Rays. But now, at the most important point in the season, they appear to have run out. One night after Andrew Kittredge and Jalen Beeks took turns throwing gas on the fire, Brendan McKay […]

Read the full article →

Baserunning keeps Rays from beating Rangers

September 12, 2019 general

Thursday, 4 a.m. At this rate, the Tampa Bay Rays may run themselves out of the American League Wild-Card race. The Rays lost four runners to pickoffs Wednesday night, keeping them from coming from behind for a second time in a 10-9 defeat. The Rays fell to a half-game ahead of Oakland and one game […]

Read the full article →

The Predictions: Bucs Need to Learn to Win

September 12, 2019 general

Thursday, 3 a.m. As far as aging defensive tackles, one side likes Gerald McCoy. The other side prefers  Ndamukong Suh. As far as Heisman-winning quarterbacks, both teams would probably vote for Cam Newton…but not by much over Jameis Winston. As far as fast little running backs, everyone likes Christian McCaffrey over Ronald Jones. Hey, it’ll […]

Read the full article →

Rays pull one out as Rangers fall apart

September 11, 2019 general

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The formula is simple. You play baseball until the other team forgets how. And then you win. Again. The Tampa Bay Rays took advantage of the Texas Rangers falling apart in the 11th inning Tuesday night, winning their sixth straight game (and 11th of the last 12). The Rays rallied from three […]

Read the full article →