The 2013 Rays must overcome the loss of their top home-run hitter and innings-pitched leader from the 2012 season.
Ben and Sam discuss whether the latest PED revelations really revealed anything worrisome before previewing the Rays’ season with Adam Sobsey. Then Pete talks to Tampa Bay Tribune Rays reporter Roger Mooney (at 25:30).
Baseball’s team-friendliest deal may have just gotten friendlier.
Is Jose Molina a stealth MVP candidate? Ben looks for photographic evidence.
Oakland’s success this year is all the more surprising considering they have departed from the small-market blueprint perfected by Tampa Bay.
The latest inefficiencies exploited by the Rays: ice cream and classical conditioning.
We now know for sure where Joe Maddon stands on sabermetrics.
The Reds have the lowest payroll of any first-place team, in large part because they haven’t had to reach outside the organization for talent. Can they keep it up?
A brutal eight-game losing streak has taken the Atlanta Braves from first to worst in the NL East.
The Tampa Bay Rays have managed to stay in second place in the AL East despite the second-smallest run differential in the division.
The Rays are 12-1 at home this season. Where does their home-field advantage come from?
Michael Pineda’s labrum tear doesn’t bode well for his future, but it’s not the death sentence it used to be.
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?
The Cardinals lose Lance Berkman, but Skip Schumaker is on his way back.
David Freese did major damage during the postseason, but scouts still have mixed ideas about what his future holds. Joe Maddon also sits down for a chat.
Jeremy Hellickson gets hit hard and Clay Buchholz impresses in the game of the week, plus thoughts about Tampa Bay’s pitching and Bobby Valentine’s way with words.