Posted in home

Rays take commanding 2-0 lead in ALCS against Astros

CLOSE

SportsPulse: The Houston Astros were the embarrassment of the league heading into the season after the team’s cheating scandal was revealed. Our MLB reporters debate if they’re fighting for their legacies this postseason.

USA TODAY

SAN DIEGO — Manuel Margot always dreamed one day he’d have a game like this in a postseason game at Petco Park, hitting a home run one inning, and making a spectacular catch the next in front of his hometown fans. 

He just thought it would be in a San Diego Padres’ uniform. 

Well, there may have been no fans Monday, and he was playing in a different uniform, but he’ll take it, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros. The Rays, who have never won a World Series, now have a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. 

Margot, who had spent the previous

Read More
Continue Reading Rays take commanding 2-0 lead in ALCS against Astros
Posted in home

Yankees vs. Rays score: Mike Brosseau carries Tampa Bay to ALCS with late home run on Aroldis Chapman

The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 2-1 in Friday’s Game 5 of the American League Division Series. As a result, the Rays secured the victory in the best-of-five series, as well as a trip to the AL Championship Series, where they’ll meet the Houston Astros.

The Rays fell behind the Yankees early, when Aaron Judge delivered a solo home run to give New York a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Yet it was the Rays who struck next and struck last. Austin Meadows hit a game-tying home run against Gerrit Cole in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Brosseau then launched a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth to give Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead, which they would hold onto for the victory.

This is Tampa Bay’s first trip to the ALCS since 2008, when they won the pennant. Here are four takeaways from

Read More
Continue Reading Yankees vs. Rays score: Mike Brosseau carries Tampa Bay to ALCS with late home run on Aroldis Chapman
Posted in home

LOOK: Yankees’ Brett Gardner robs Rays’ Randy Arozarena of home run in ALDS Game 5

screenshot-2020-10-09-at-8-48-22-gardner-pm.jpg

Rare is the pitcher who’s been able to keep Randy Arozarena of the Rays in check this postseason, so Yankees fly-catcher Brett Gardner decided to take on the mission himself. In the sixth inning of Friday night’s decisive ALDS Game 5 (NYY-TB GameTracker), Arozarena appeared to have homered off New York ace Gerrit Cole to break a 1-1 tie. 

However, Gardner out in left field was unwilling to accommodate: 

That left Arozarena’s bat at 99.6 mph and with a launch angle of 38 degrees. That launch angle is a little higher than optimal, and in this instance it was probably high enough to get caught up in the San Diego evening marine layer. Arozarena appeared to think it was gone off the bat, but that turned out to be not the case by a hairsbreadth or so. 

Anyhow, that’s not the typical home run robbery, as Gardner didn’t undertake the

Read More
Continue Reading LOOK: Yankees’ Brett Gardner robs Rays’ Randy Arozarena of home run in ALDS Game 5
Posted in home

Rays knock off Yankees in do-or-die Game 5, advance to ALCS

CLOSE

SportsPulse: The Tampa Bay Rays dispatched the New York Yankees and will now face the Houston Astros in an ALCS which promises to feature a lot of fire power.

USA TODAY

SAN DIEGO — They could walk the city streets in the Gaslamp Quarter and not a soul would recognize them.

They are as anonymous as the seafood taco vendors in town.

They are the Tampa Bay Rays, and you better start to get to know them.

The Rays finally knocked off the bullies off the AL East, the New York Yankees, 2-1, Friday night, advancing to the American League Championship Series for only the second time in franchise history.

And, oh, how it was only fitting that Mike Brosseau was the hero, hitting the biggest home run in Rays’ history off Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman in a 10-pitch at-bat in the eighth inning.

It was a month ago,

Read More
Continue Reading Rays knock off Yankees in do-or-die Game 5, advance to ALCS
Posted in home

Rays’ Mike Brosseau gets sweet revenge on Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman with clutch go-ahead home run

gettyimages-1279424794-mike-brosseau.jpg

The Rays never led the Yankees in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS on Friday until the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Mike Brosseau got the best of an Aroldis Chapman fastball — a fastball that happened to be the 10th pitch of the at-bat. Here’s the game-changing color television footage: 

That blast made gave the Rays a 2-1 lead and pushed their chances of winning Game 5 from 56.2 percent to 85.3 percent. That one-run margin would hold up and send the Rays to the ALCS for the second time in franchise history (box score). As for Brosseau’s clutch homer off that triple-digit fastball, it’s not something that happens often: 

There’s also this: 

To state the obvious, coming off the bench to face a pitcher with Chapman’s stuff is no easy task — bonus credit to him for fouling off a pair of fastballs and a pair of sliders

Read More
Continue Reading Rays’ Mike Brosseau gets sweet revenge on Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman with clutch go-ahead home run
Posted in home

Rays hit 4 homers, Glasnow fans 10 in 7-5 win against Yanks

SAN DIEGO — With their pitching staff providing a record 18 strikeouts, the Tampa Bay Rays showed some pop of their own against the New York Yankees.

Randy Arozarena, Mike Zunino, Manuel Margot and Austin Meadows homered, and Tyler Glasnow struck out 10 to set a postseason record for the Rays, who beat the Yankees 7-5 Tuesday night to even their AL Division Series at one game apiece.

The Rays had enough power to overcome a huge game by Giancarlo Stanton, who had two home runs and four RBIs. His impressive power display included a 458-foot, three-run homer that landed under the giant video board in left field at Petco Park. It was reminiscent of the mammoth shots he hit in winning the Home Run Derby here in 2016.

Stanton has three homers this series and five in four postseason games. His grand slam in the ninth inning Monday night

Read More
Continue Reading Rays hit 4 homers, Glasnow fans 10 in 7-5 win against Yanks
Posted in home

MLB playoffs betting odds, picks: Rays strike first vs. Yankees, plus a long-shot home run prediction

After two full days off, the Major League Baseball playoffs are set for action again Monday afternoon and evening with the American League Division Series getting underway. So-called bad blood exists in both series and the expectation is both will be highly competitive as well. It’ll be fun without the gambling aspect, sure, but we can add to the fun, no? Let’s do it.

ALDS Game 1

Houston

Oakland (-1.5)

4 p.m.

TBS

8.5

ALDS Game 1

N.Y. Yankees (-1.5)

Tampa Bay

8 p.m. 

TBS

7.0

All lines via William Hill Sportsbook

Rays win (+135)

Like most people heading into the series — at least from what I’ve seen — I picked the Yankees to win. I think it’ll be close and hard fought, though, and I wonder about the Rays sitting around with their 40-20 regular-season record and fairly easy two-game sweep of the Blue Jays seeing nearly everyone

Read More
Continue Reading MLB playoffs betting odds, picks: Rays strike first vs. Yankees, plus a long-shot home run prediction