|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||64.00||3.00||3.00||37.00||2.39||1.15||65.00||25.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Boston|| 4.1||0||0|| 0.00||3||1||5|
|vs LHB|| 20.2||0||0|| 3.48||0||18||23|
|vs RHB|| 16.0||0||0|| 7.88||0||11||13|
|07/25/2014||James Shields, SP KC|
Yoenis Cespedes, LF OAK
Erick Aybar, SS LAA
Cody Allen, RP CLE
Jake Odorizzi, SP TB
Sean Doolittle, RP OAK
|Junichi Tazawa, RP BOS|
Alex Rios, RF TEX
Scott Kazmir, SP OAK
Alexei Ramirez, SS CHW
Grant Balfour, RP TB
John Lackey, SP BOS
|07/25/2014||Matt Barnes, SP BOS|
Kelly Johnson, 3B NYY
David Ortiz, DH BOS
|Grant Balfour, RP TB|
Jose Molina, C TB
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF NYY
|07/25/2014||Grant Balfour, RP TB||Erik Johnson, SP CHW|
|Last 10 Games|
|Kirby Yates enters for Grant Balfour, converts first career save |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(7/20/14) Rays pitcher Kirby Yates came in for Grant Balfour and converted a two-out save Sunday afternoon against the Twins in Minnesota. It was his first career save.
After Balfour walked the first two batters in the ninth, Yates entered the game and forced Brian Dozier to ground out into a fielder's choice and got Eduardo Nunez to foul out to end the game. Yates owns a 2.35 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 15 1/3 innings of relief.
|Grant Balfour: I might have been tipping my pitches |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(7/20/14) Rays deposed closer Grant Balfour has acknowledged that his struggles this season could be explained in part by pitch-tipping.
Balfour owns a 5.45 ERA with 29 hits and 27 walks allowed in 36 1/3 innings.
"I have a few things, and it's been cleaned up," he told the Tampa Bay Times. "You look at the numbers and you think maybe they knew what was coming at certain times. That can explain a few things here and there. I'm not saying I pitched the best, but it doesn't help when someone knows what's coming. It could be an issue. It's definitely cleaned up, so we'll find out."
Balfour pitched a hitless shutout inning against Minnesota on Thursday.
|New pitcher enters Rays closer mix |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(7/3/14) Two days after their primary setup man, Joel Peralta, blew a save and one day after their former closer, Grant Balfour, recorded his 11th, the Rays turned to Brad Boxberger in the ninth inning of a three-run game Wednesday.
All this coming off a weekend when Jake McGee appeared to lock up the role.
Frankly, if the Rays prefer not to confine their top lefty to the ninth inning, I'm not sure Boxberger isn't the best choice. He has closer stuff and, after struggling with his control in previous stints in the majors, appears to have harnessed it. In 31 appearances, he has a 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings.
What more could you want from a closer?
Of course, McGee's numbers are even better, and Joe Maddon clearly hasn't turned the page from Balfour yet. Juan Carlos Oviedo has gotten a save since the Rays went closer by committee and also has experience in the role. Something tells me that if the Rays haven't settled on any one pitcher yet, Boxberger's save Wednesday doesn't change that.
But you shouldn't dismiss him as just a fringe candidate either. He's a contender to fill the role full-time.
|Grant Balfour walks two, picks up rare save |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(7/2/14) Rays reliever Grant Balfour got his first save in more than three weeks Tuesday, as he closed out a 2-1 win over the Yankees.
Balfour, whose last save opportunity came June 11, didn't exactly make things easy with a one-run lead. He walked the first batter he faced, and then put the tying run into scoring position with a second walk with two outs. Fortunately, he induced an easy groundball to first to end the game.
Balfour has struggled with his control this season for the Rays, with 23 walks in 33 innings. However, prior to Tuesday's outing, he had just one walk in his previous 8 1/3 innings. He has a 5.18 ERA with 11 saves in 13 chances.
|Joe Maddon: We're still going with closer-by-committee |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(6/11/14) Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he still plans on a closer-by-committee despite leaving deposed closer Grant Balfour in four a seven-out save to shut down St. Louis, the Tampa Bay Times has reported.
Balfour pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings in the rare Rays win.
Kirby Yates enters for Grant Balfour, converts first career save
Loney, Archer lead Rays past Twins, 5-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) It wasn't always pretty, but considering the position they've put themselves in this year, the Tampa Bay Rays can't be too picky.
Grant Balfour: I might have been tipping my pitches
Snubs no more, A's have gone from hunter to hunted
After having just three All-Stars combined the past two seasons, the A's have six members of the AL All-Star team. They are clearly the hunted now, no longer the hunter.
Tolleson's 2-run single helps Blue Jays beat Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The way the Toronto Blue Jays have been going lately, they will take a win any way they can get one.
|Things were looking up for Grant Balfour about mid-December. The Athletics had let him walk even though he had just recorded a career-high 38 saves for them (with his usual sparkling peripherals) in 2013, but he was closing in on a two-year deal with Baltimore, where Jim Johnson had recorded 50 saves in back-to-back seasons. For reasons that left the baseball world scratching its head, though, the Orioles didn't like what they saw in his physical and backed out of the deal, leaving Balfour to start over while labeling him damaged goods. Ultimately, he still found a taker in the Rays, who were plenty familiar with him from his stint as their setup man from 2007 and 2010. They're used to developing closers in-house, so having an established option for the ninth inning is a luxury manager Joe Maddon will exercise to the fullest. The Rays are built for close, low-scoring games and have a couple of terrific setup men in Joel Peralta and Jake McGee, so Balfour should be able to pick up where he left off. Despite the Orioles' concerns, nothing about his performance in 2013 raises any red flags, with his velocity actually improving from the year before, so you shouldn't hesitate to draft him as a top 15 reliever.
(Updated 1/8/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/25/14||BOS||7:10 pm||Jon Lester|
|7/26/14||BOS||7:10 pm||John Lackey|
|7/27/14||BOS||1:40 pm||Jake Peavy|
|7/28/14||MIL||7:10 pm||Kyle Lohse|
|7/29/14||MIL||7:10 pm||Matt Garza|
|7/30/14||MIL||12:10 pm||Yovani Gallardo|
|8/1/14||LAA||7:10 pm||Matt Shoemaker|
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