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The Rays fall again

Jun 9, 2014, 5:03 PM EDT

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I guess the medicine man didn’t work: the Rays lost again, 3-0 to the Mariners. It was their 13th loss in 14 games. And it came, once again, with the help of a terrible offense.

That offense let David Price down. He allowed three earned runs over eight innings and struck out ten while walking only one guy, but it didn’t matter as he got no support at all. Price’s ERA is not Cy Young worthy — it stands at 3.97 — but he has a 111/10 K/BB ratio in 99 and two-thirds innings and he deserves better than a 4-6 record.

It was a team effort on the pitching side for the Mariners, as Erasmo Ramirez was inefficient as all get-out, walking five in four and two-thirds innings and not being able to hang around to qualify for the win. The bullpen then took over and four relievers combined to pitch four and a third scoreless innings. The M’s runs came on a Robinson Cano two-run double and a Stefan Romero fielder’s choice.

Just some terrible baseball from the Rays these days.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    It is time to trade Price. I am sure that he would welcome a trade.

    • blazenhawks - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      They should have done it before the season why wont get as much now from him as they would have than

      • largebill - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Value in trade is all about urgency of need by other team. If a contending team loses a better starter they may be willing to over pay. All about timing.

      • hittfamily - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        I disagree. There are teams contending now that didn’t think they would be. Suddenly the White Sox, Indians, Marlins, Twins, and Brewers are in a buyers position. 2 months ago, they would not have been. Someone is going to get desperate for David’s service. I would not want to be desperate when having to call Andrew Friedman!

  2. johnnysoda - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Listed attendance was 10,400. I saw part of the game, and I think they may have added an extra zero to that figure. Maybe two.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Well let’s be thankful that the people of Tampa, St. Pete, and Sarasota don’t have to witness this disaster.

    • ironcurtin64 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      I agree. I don’t think I’ve ever watched a game where you don’t hear crowd noise. Except for the annoying cowbells when M’s batters got to 2 strikes.

      • flatsorter - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Win or lose, Rays attendance always becomes part of the topic. So old.

  3. denny65 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Amazing, Craig. The mariners wrap up a 6-1 road trip and are currently 5 games above .500 for the first time since 2009, and your cut is “Rays lose?”

    No, no East coast bias on your part.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      Wow, a 6-1 road trip. It doesn’t get any better than that.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      A team many thought would contend has lost 13 of 14 games. I think that’s more notable than a good road trip from the M’s.

      • hittfamily - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        You ain’t got to lie Craig!

    • flatsorter - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      I agree, the headline should be “Rays lose, Mariners win”

    • indaburg - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Get over your WCIC (West Coast Inferiority Complex). A 6-1 road trip is a nice accomplishment, but not exactly stop-the-presses news. Not many teams achieve the level of ineptitude the Rays have reached when so much was expected. When a team on the west coast does something truly noteworthy, both good or bad, we hear about it. (See Puigpuigpuigpuig)

      A Rays fan as myself could see this as Craig rubbing further salt in our wounds but I’m numb to pain.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      cry more.

    • rightorwrong12 - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      It’s better than a pity article about a team that’s 5 games over .500 – that would result in a lot of pointless articles.


      Mariners Fan

  4. hittfamily - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    The Rays name will not be sullied with this bunch of losers. These are the Devil Rays.

    I sincerely hope this is David’s last start as a Devil Ray. The Dodgers are in a funk as well. If we could somehow swap David for Joc Pederon and a pitching prospect, I would be delighted.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Cement Rays to be exact… Tampa Bay Cement Rays. They sink to the bottom.

    • flatsorter - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      I’m sure the Rays would love to trade Price for 2 minor-leaguers.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 9, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Price for Arias and Pederson would be right up Friedman’s alley of things he’d do.

  5. jason9696 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    The Rays have been a great team for years under Joe Maddon. So I don’t mind seeing them struggle for at least one season.

    • hittfamily - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      It has been a good run. I am disappionted for sure, but will love having the #1 overall pick next year.

  6. jpalughi823 - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    no way would i say trade him before the season started. i predicted them to win the AL east….hindsight i’m dead wrong but they have been dismembered with injuries (matt moore, lost cobb for a good while) & their offense is putrid. but yes, trade him now & get what ya can

  7. chill1184 - Jun 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    So odd to see that they’re going to be on the selling end of this year’s trade deadline.

  8. rrsm53 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    ha ha i love it, nice to see the jerk Price lose again. To bad they are going to tank it on Maddon like him as a manager but Price you need to go.

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