The relatively conventional Rockies, who consider themselves a draft-and-development organization, have paid big money for stars and fan favorites such as third Nolan Arenado and right-fielder Charlie Blackmon. Before the 2019 season, Arenado signed an eight-year, $260-million contract, although he can opt out of the deal following the 2021 season. At the beginning of the 2018 season, Blackmon signed a six-year, $108-million contract that includes player options for 2022 and ’23. … [Read more...] about Is Rays’ World Series strategy the blueprint for Rockies, other MLB teams?
The previous low had been set the only other time the Rays were in the World Series, when their 5-4 loss to Philadelphia in Game 3 in 2008 was viewed by an average of 9,836,000 that Oct. 25, a Saturday night. … [Read more...] about Dodgers, Rays draw record-low TV World Series audience
Lowe hit an opposite-field solo homer to left-center in the first off Tony Gonsolin, putting the American League champion Rays ahead for the first time at this neutral-site World Series with their 27th home run of the postseason, matching a major league record. The second baseman was hitting .107 this postseason, and in an even worse 4-for-48 slide (.083) the past 13 games since the start of the AL Division Series. … [Read more...] about Brandon Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series
Tampa Bay’s seven-game AL Championship Series win over the Houston Astros averaged 2,767,000 viewers on TBS and the Rays’ Game 7 win drew a 12.8 rating in the Tampa market, the highest for a Rays game since Game 4 of the 2013 Division Series against Boston. Game 7 drew a 13.0 rating in Houston. … [Read more...] about World Series draws record-low audience for 2nd night
He shut down the Rays on two runs and five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. He’s 2-0 with a 2.31 ERA in 15 2/3 innings over two starts in this Series with 14 strikeouts and three walks. Kershaw also set a career postseason record with 207 strikeouts, two more than Justin Verlander’s previous mark. … [Read more...] about Clayton Kershaw stops steal of home, hands Dodgers 3-2 World Series lead