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04-02

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BP Unfiltered: Do the Rays Have a Drug Problem?
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Ben Lindbergh

06-26

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Overthinking It: The Rays' Changeup Revolution
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Ben Lindbergh

06-18

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The Call-Up: Wil Myers
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

05-29

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Painting the Black: The All-Hit, No-Pitch Rays
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R.J. Anderson

03-26

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7

Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit Contenders
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Sam Miller and Adam Sobsey

03-15

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15

Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top
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Doug Thorburn

02-26

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BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Tampa Bay Rays
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Mike Ferrin

02-06

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10

Sobsequy: Why Some Fringy Minor Leaguers Make It
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Adam Sobsey

12-11

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Overthinking It: The Royals, the Rays, and the Problem with Windows
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Ben Lindbergh

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 99: Two More Reactions to the Rays-Royals Trade
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks

11-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 89: The Evan Longoria Extension, the Rays, and Why Players Aren't Holding Out for More Money
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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Overthinking It: The 50-Run Receiver
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Ben Lindbergh

09-26

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Sobsequy: The Orthodoxy of Winning
by
Adam Sobsey

09-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 42: Breaking Down Baltimore's Latest Extra-Inning Win/Should Rafael Soriano Opt Out?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 35: Is Coors Field to Blame for the Rockies' Struggles?/Are Fans at Fault When Teams Don't Draw?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-22

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BP Unfiltered: Hit Home Run, Eat Ice Cream
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Ben Lindbergh

08-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 24: The Rays Are Rolling/Assessing the Angels' Strange Season
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-03

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BP Unfiltered: Joe Maddon Says "Sabermetrics Rule"
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Ben Lindbergh

07-09

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What You Need to Know: Monday, July 9
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Daniel Rathman

06-19

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11

Overthinking It: The Cincinnati Reds and the Benefits of Being Homegrown
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Ben Lindbergh

05-16

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28

Overthinking It: Brett Lawrie Was Framed
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Ben Lindbergh

04-28

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BP Unfiltered: Baseball Prospectus Day at Tropicana Field - May 5, 2012
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Joe Hamrahi

04-17

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, April 14
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Adam Sobsey

04-07

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Inside The Park Blog: It Is Never Too Early To Strategize
by
Jason Collette

04-06

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Inside The Park Blog: Expectations High in Tampa Bay
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Jason Collette

02-20

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Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

02-06

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Beware of Falling Payrolls
by
Jay Jaffe

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: Off-Brand Bargains
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Ben Lindbergh

10-05

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16

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay Rays
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

09-13

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Painting the Black: Rays of Hope?
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R.J. Anderson

09-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Incompetence
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Joe Sheehan

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: Return of the Prodigal Sluggers
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Ben Lindbergh

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-10

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Overthinking It: A Review of Jonah Keri's The Extra 2%
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Ben Lindbergh

03-08

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The Payoff Pitch: Contraction-traction, What's Your Traction?
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Neil deMause

01-18

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Fantasy Beat: Tampa Bay's Closer Options
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Jason Collette

10-21

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay Rays
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Marc Normandin, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Wednesday LDS Game Projections
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Eric Seidman

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays vs. Rangers
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Ben Lindbergh

09-20

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Prospectus Perspective: How Important is the AL East Title?
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Ben Lindbergh

08-06

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Prospectus Perspective: Rays and Yankees: A Good Old-Fashioned Dogfight
by
Tommy Bennett

07-28

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On the Beat: Worth the Price
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John Perrotto

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-14

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16

Prospectus Today: 11 and Counting
by
Joe Sheehan

09-14

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13

Kiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay Rays
by
Baseball Prospectus

07-26

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Prospectus Today: Shining Light on the Rays
by
Joe Sheehan

05-27

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On the Beat: Bouncing Back
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John Perrotto

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-22

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On the Beat: Changing Their Rays
by
John Perrotto

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Have the Rays really had a higher number of drug-related suspensions? And if so, should that be a cause for concern?

Last week, when I posted a link to our Tampa Bay Rays preview podcast in the Effectively Wild Facebook group, listener Allen Sarvinas left a comment with a couple questions:

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There are certain rules about changeup usage. The Rays, unsurprisingly, aren't beholden to those rules.

“The game evolves constantly,” Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey tells me on a Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, after wrapping up a bullpen session an hour before first pitch. Evolution in baseball works a lot like it does in real life: traits that confer a competitive advantage tend to be passed on. But before a new approach is adopted around the league, Hickey says, “someone’s going to have to be successful doing it.”

The Rays are often that someone. If the Rays have an identity—aside from their status as a team that doesn’t draw, locked into a lease that never expires—it’s that they do things differently. Driven by their need to make the most of their limited resources and the creativity of their front office and field staff, the Rays under General Manager Andrew Friedman and manager Joe Maddon have authored a long list of innovations. Shifting more aggressively than almost any other team. Giving defensive specialist Jose Molina a starting job for the first time at age 37. Opening an academy in Brazil. Refusing to sign free agent starters (before Roberto Hernandez). And so on.

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June 18, 2013 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Wil Myers

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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

One of baseball's best-hitting teams adds one of baseball's best-hitting prospects.

The Situation: Wil Myers, ranked by Baseball Prospectus as Tampa Bay’s no. 1 prospect (and no. 7 in baseball) entering this season, has received his much-anticipated MLB call-up. Although Myers appeared to be near big-league ready after mashing in Triple-A last season, the Rays sent him back to the minor leagues in mid-March, citing adjustments needed both offensively and in right field while likely keeping a watchful eye on this year’s “super two” arbitration window. That window has since passed, and Myers has recently caught fire at the plate, leading to Tuesday’s call-up. The top prospect will look to bolster Tampa Bay’s already strong offense in the midst of a tight American League East race.

Background: Drafted by Kansas City as a catcher in 2009, Myers spent two summers behind the dish before his advanced bat enabled him to fly through the lower minors. After the former third-round pick hit .315/.429/.506 between the Low- and High-A levels in 2010, the Royals chose to accelerate his developmental timetable by scrapping his still-raw catching and moving him into the outfield. Myers has since spent time at all three outfield spots but this year has settled in as a right fielder, where he profiles long term. He continued to mash upper-level pitching in 2012, hitting .314/.378/.600 with 37 home runs between Double- and Triple-A. Although Myers got out to a slow start (by his standards) this season, he’s batting .286 through 64 games and has a .339/.377/.696 slash line this month.

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May 29, 2013 12:29 pm

Painting the Black: The All-Hit, No-Pitch Rays

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R.J. Anderson

The Rays have flipped the script this year. Can they win like this, or is an adjustment coming?

On Saturday afternoon the Rays entered the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead over the Yankees. Fernando Rodney—months removed from an historically great season, but scuffling early this year—recorded two quick outs, and appeared on his way to righting a capsizing ship. Instead Rodney jumped overboard. He allowed three hits and sprinkled in a balk on his way to blowing the save and forcing extra innings. The Yankees won the game after 11 innings and sent the Rays to their 16th loss of the season in which they held a lead, tied for the second most in the league, according to research by Baseball Prospectus' Ryan Lind.

The longer a team succeeds, the more their key characteristics define them. For the Rays that means synonymity with good pitching and defense. Andrew Friedman and Joe Maddon have overseen five consecutive winning seasons—including three playoff berths—behind units capable of pitching and catching as well as any in the league. Yet this Rays team has followed Rodney's lead, wasting away strong offensive performances with shaky work on the mound and good-but-not-great defensive work. Now in the middle of an identity crisis, the Rays need to figure out if they can return to form, or survive by winning slugfests in the spirit of their AL East rivals.

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The second installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the highest odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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March 15, 2013 6:30 am

Raising Aces: Trending: Over the Top

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Doug Thorburn

Comparing the rotations of the Rays and Brewers reveals two organizations with drastically different philosophies about pitching mechanics.

I wrote an article last September in which I detailed the surprising pitching of the Oakland Athletics. The piece included a breakdown of four different A's pitchers, and I noted that many of the players shared specific similarities which reflected an organizational trend toward mechanical efficiency. The A's have a long history of successful pitching development, and the team's mechanical points of emphasis were apparent by looking at the tendencies of the players whom they had developed and/or acquired over the years.

I spent much of the offseason poring over pitcher mechanics and preparing over 100 mechanical report cards for the pitchers in the 2013 Starting Pitcher Guide in my first year working with Paul Sporer on his annual project. I had already watched the majority of these pitchers in the past, spread out over months or sometimes years, but the examination of so many pitchers over such a short timeframe revealed a number of other patterns that cropped up with pitchers from certain organizations.

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The 2013 Rays must overcome the loss of their top home-run hitter and innings-pitched leader from the 2012 season.

After trading James Shields and losing B.J. Upton to free agency, the Rays find themselves in a nearly unique situation. Only 30 other teams, since the league's 1961 expansion, have lost both their home-run and innings-pitched leaders from the previous season. Of those 30, 17 saw their win total decrease the following year, but a few actually benefited from the purge. That list includes teams like the 2007 Marlins, who traded Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera from a 71-win team and then won 84 games in 2008, as well as the 2010 Diamondbacks and 2011 Athletics, who unloaded key contributors to poor rosters before righting their ships and capturing division titles.

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February 6, 2013 5:00 am

Sobsequy: Why Some Fringy Minor Leaguers Make It

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Adam Sobsey

What determines whether borderline big leaguers languish in Triple-A obscurity or play a part on a major-league team's 25-man?

As I send the mic out the park like Reggie Jackson
You be the minor leaguer who sees no action                
—A Tribe Called Quest, “Get A Hold

My next two columns are going to identify minor-league free agent signees, one from each major-league organization, who stand a good chance of helping their big-league clubs this season. (See today’s Lineup Card for others’ NRI picks.) Most of these players have been in the majors before, and you’ll probably recognize many if not all of the names.



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Was the Royals' strategy in their swap of Wil Myers and more prospects for James Shields and Wade Davis based on a broken windows theory?

Note: If you've already listened to today's episode of Effectively Wild, some of this may sound familiar.

If you think about it, the Royals and Rays, the two teams that completed a massive prospects-for-pitchers trade on Sunday, are a lot alike. Both teams are among the have-nots of the American League, competing with payrolls in the mid-60-millions (last season). Neither one draws well—in the Royals’ case, because of all the losing and because Kansas City is small, and in the Rays’ case, because of all the past losing, the newness of the franchise, and the ugliness and location of the ballpark, where it’s almost impossible to catch a foul ball without some painful and/or embarrassing consequence. To compensate for the lack of revenue, both teams try to draft, develop, and extend homegrown players as an alternative to paying for wins from free agents, and both have had among the finest farm systems in baseball for the past few seasons.

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Ben and Sam weigh in on the Rays-Royals trade involving James Shields and Wil Myers a day after the dust settles.

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December 10, 2012 12:06 am

Transaction Analysis: The Shields/Myers Blockbuster

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R.J. Anderson and Jason Parks

The Royals get their front-line pitcher, and the Rays get their front-line prospect.



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Ben and Sam discuss Evan Longoria's second extension and why players aren't holding out for a bigger slice of the revenue pie.

Ben and Sam discuss Evan Longoria's second extension and why players aren't holding out for a bigger slice of the revenue pie.

Episode 89: "The Evan Longoria Extension, the Rays, and Why Players Aren't Holding Out for More Money"

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