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September 20, 2013 6:00 am

Five to Watch: The Save Rush

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Craig Goldstein

As a few incubment closers prepare to hit free agency, Craig breaks down the pitchers who could supplant them.

In his September 12 Bullpen Report, Mike Gianella broke down the contract situations of all the closers in baseball, giving us an idea of where there might be change and throwing out some names so we could capitalize early. I loved this idea and wanted to take it a step further in the cases of the five teams that will be losing a closer to free agency. With that in mind, let’s get to it:

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April 4, 2013 5:00 am

Out of Left Field: The Way of the Gun

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Matthew Kory

Jake McGee and the meaning of fastballs.

It sure is nice to have actual baseball to talk about again. Tuesday, the Rays were facing the Orioles and, up 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Joe Maddon brought Jake McGee in to relieve David Price. There are some things worth noting about Jake McGee. 

Thing One: Dude Throws Fast
With each McGee pitch, the velocity readings on SunSports’ graphic seemed to get bigger and bigger. There’s no way Jake McGee throws 97 all the time, right? I mean, Jake McGee? There must be some bias in the home broadcast network’s radar gun. That’s always something I’ve heard, that the speeds you see on television are unreliable, that television networks pump up the speeds for their own pitchers. I wondered if that was true, so I decided to do a little experiment. I watched the half inning over again on the Rays TV network (SunSports) and wrote down their posted speed for every pitch. Then I did the same thing again, but this time for the Orioles network (MASN). Then I checked the speeds against those posted on MLB GameDay and on our own Brooks Baseball.


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The Rays' bullpen, to put it kindly, is off to a rough start on paper. What is wrong with what was a perceived strength of the club coming into the season?

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Three pitchers enter the Tropicanadome, but that doesn't mean that only one will leave with the closer job.

The one question I have been repeatedly asked this month is ,“Who is going to be the closer for the Rays?” Honestly, not much has changed since I first covered the situation back in January.

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

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Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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February 22, 2011 9:29 am

Future Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The pipeline of talent keeps flowing with the always-impressive Rays system.

Previous Rankings: 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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January 18, 2011 10:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Tampa Bay's Closer Options

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Jason Collette

The Rays have a new-look bullpen, but who is going to head it in the ninth?

It is no secret that I wear my Rays fandom on my sleeve. In Tout Wars, myself and David Gonos are the only Rays fans while the rest of the room is dominated by Yankees or Mets lovers. I am often chided for having too many Tampa Bay players on my roster when the draft day is all said and done. That said, I had the last laugh this past season when I rostered David Price at just $9.

The Rays have had an off-season exodus that resembles the time a buddy of mine dropped a liquid fart capsule in the high school cafeteria so he could clear out the line for pizza day. Gone are Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, and Jason Bartlett as well as nearly every member of the 2010 bullpen. Only Andy Sonnanstine, Mike Ekstrom, and Jake McGee are returning—General Manager Andrew Friedman has been quite busy rebuilding that group. The new names include Adam Russell, Joel Peralta, Kyle Farnsworth, Cesar Cabral, Cesar Ramos, Brandon Gomes, and J.P. Howell, who is returning from shoulder surgery and a lost 2010.  The obvious fantasy question here: which of these guys is going to get the closer’s role in 2011?

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September 23, 2010 8:00 am

A Bull In The Pen

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Kevin Gengler

Jake McGee might emerge as Tampa Bay's version of David Price in 2008 in this year's postseason.

In 2008, the Rays turned to a rookie left-hander in the postseason to help boost them to the World Series. Jake McGee isn't likely to become a future ace and Cy Young candidate like David Price, but the Rays could turn to him to provide a similar spark out of the bullpen in this year's postseason.

McGee began the year as a starter in Double-A Montgomery, and wasn't converted to relief until an early-August promotion to Triple-A Durham. His stuff, a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s, complemented by a curveball, looked like it would play up in a relief role, and the stats bear that out. In 11 appearances for the Bulls spanning 17 1/3 innings, McGee allowed a single earned run on nine hits while maintaining a 27-to-3 strikeout-to-walk rate. After two similarly dominant appearances in the International League playoffs, the Rays summoned McGee to the majors, where he made his debut two years to the day after Price's.

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March 1, 2009 10:49 am

Future Shock: Rays Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

An organization with some of the best young talent in baseball lined up on the field has even more nearly ready and lining up at the gates.

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