September 29, 2021 Morning Edition: Rays News Roundup


This is your Rays Stats, News, Rumors, and Commentary Roundup for the Morning of September 29, 2021.


A Look at Rays Pitchers’ Vertical Movement on Pitches


Collin McHugh

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 8.6 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 5.2 inches.
  • He tends to get more drop on his curveball (this is desired especially with the 12-to-6 curveball) than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -9.9 inches.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -2.2 inches.
  • Andrew Kittredge

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 10.0 inches of vertical movement.
  • He tends to get more sink on his changeup than most pitchers as his vertical movement is 2.4 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -0.8 inches.
  • Shane Baz

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 9.4 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 3.5 inches.
  • He tends to get more drop on his curveball (this is desired especially with the 12-to-6 curveball) than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -10.5 inches.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -0.5 inches.
  • Adam Conley

  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his Four Seam Fastball than most pitchers as his vertical movement is 7.0 inches.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 3.9 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -1.3 inches.
  • Ryan Thompson

  • His Four Seam Fastball has considerably more drop to it with its average vertical movement of 2.9 inches.
  • His changeup is located lower in and out of the strike zone and he gets impressive sinking movement on it too with its average vertical movement of -4.7 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • His slider stands out because it is located higher in and out of the strike zone than the vast majority of pitchers with a slider in their repertoire, it has a vertical movement of 4.2 inches.
  • Louis Head

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 8.4 inches of vertical movement.
  • He tends to get more sink on his changeup than most pitchers as his vertical movement is 0.3 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -3.1 inches.
  • JT Chargois

  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his Four Seam Fastball than most pitchers as his vertical movement is 6.9 inches.
  • He does not feature a changeup in his arsenal of pitches.

  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He features a slider that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 0.8 inches of vertical movement.
  • Tyler Glasnow

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 8.6 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 3.8 inches.
  • He tends to get more drop on his curveball (this is desired especially with the 12-to-6 curveball) than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -12.0 inches.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -3.9 inches.
  • J.P. Feyereisen

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 10.8 inches of vertical movement.
  • He tends to get more sink on his changeup than most pitchers as his vertical movement is 0.2 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -0.5 inches.
  • Dietrich Enns

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 8.8 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 4.2 inches.
  • He tends to get more drop on his curveball (this is desired especially with the 12-to-6 curveball) than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -7.7 inches.
  • He features a slider that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 0.1 inches of vertical movement.
  • Drew Rasmussen

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 9.0 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 5.9 inches.
  • He tends to get more drop on his curveball (this is desired especially with the 12-to-6 curveball) than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -8.3 inches.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -3.0 inches.
  • Jeffrey Springs

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 9.1 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 4.9 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -3.1 inches.
  • Shane McClanahan

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 8.2 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 5.0 inches.
  • He tends to get more drop on his curveball (this is desired especially with the 12-to-6 curveball) than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -7.5 inches.
  • He features a slider that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to -0.1 inches of vertical movement.
  • Pete Fairbanks

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 9.6 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 3.7 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -4.2 inches.
  • Matt Wisler

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 8.9 inches of vertical movement.
  • He does not feature a changeup in his arsenal of pitches.

  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -1.8 inches.
  • Luis Patino

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 9.5 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 6.2 inches.
  • He features a curveball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to -4.5 inches.
  • He features a slider that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 2.6 inches of vertical movement.
  • Chris Archer

  • He features a Four Seam Fastball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 9.7 inches of vertical movement.
  • He features a changeup that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it is 4.6 inches.
  • He does not feature a curveball or he does not throw it enough to qualify.
  • He features a slider that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to 0.5 inches of vertical movement.
  • David Robertson

  • He does not feature a Four Seam Fastball.
  • He does not feature a changeup in his arsenal of pitches.

  • He features a curveball that is located and moves higher in the strike zone than most pitchers, it averages out to -5.9 inches.
  • He tends to get more relative sink and lower pitch placement on his slider than most pitchers as his vertical movement is -2.3 inches.
  • Now onto the News, Rumors, and Commentary…

    “4:54 pm: Conley has tested positive for the virus, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter link). Fortunately, he’s currently asymptomatic, but the quarantine period could threaten Conley’s availability for the Rays’ Division Series that begins next week. 11:47 am: Right-hander Andrew Kittredge has been reinstated from the Rays’ injured list after a 10-day minimum…”

    Above is the summary of: Rays Reinstate Andrew Kittredge From 10-Day Injured List… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “Right now it’s time to enjoy Rays baseball. I’m here to tell you and tell the fans that the sign is not going to go up. The Rays have reversed their decision to hang a sign in right field during the playoffs advertising the team’s Montreal Sister City plan. During the interview Sternberg also admitted that he was aware the team’s planned sign would be controversial, and that he did not appreciate the risks associated with rolling out such a plan mid-season: I knew that a sign would bring us attention.”

    Above is the summary of: Sternberg: in-stadium sign promoting Sister City plan “a big mistake”… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “Thought that I threw a lot of quality pitches,” Chargois said. They had big at-bats.” Chargois said he thought he threw “a lot of strikes,” but he fell behind No. “I thought Fleming threw the ball really, really well,” manager Kevin Cash said. Yankees • Standings update: Clinched first place in the AL East on Saturday • Magic number for AL’s best record: One On one hand, right-hander Michael Wacha continued to strengthen his case for a spot somewhere on the pitching staff.”

    Above is the summary of: Costly walks stall Rays’ quest for home field… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “HOUSTON – Two days after the Rays revealed their intention to hang a sign at Tropicana Field during the postseason that would promote their Sister City plan to split future seasons with Montreal, principal owner Stuart Sternberg publicly apologized to Tampa Bay fans and announced the club will not go through with its plan to hang the sign on the ballpark’s back wall. “I’m here to tell you and tell the fans that the sign is not going to go up.” The idea behind the sign was to draw attention to the Rays’ split-season plan, which would involve playing half their home games in Tampa Bay and half in Montreal. “I know we have passionate fans who love this team, and I’m forever grateful for that. We’re not going to put the sign up.” Sternberg also acknowledged the volume and intensity of the outcry against unveiling the sign at this time of year.”

    Above is the summary of: Rays decide not to post Sister City sign… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “Cash said on Sept. (Last updated: Sept. (Last updated: Sept. (Last updated: Sept.”

    Above is the summary of: Injuries & Moves: Díaz (rib discomfort) update… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “It’s a credit to just the amount of quality pitchers that we know that we can rely on in different save situations,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “It’s a credit to all those guys. Our front office organization has done such a good job of developing and acquiring guys that we have confidence to throw out there in those roles. • Rays Stat of the Day, August 2021 Tampa Bay wasted no time after clinching a spot in the postseason on Wednesday; it also won Friday and Saturday to record its first three-game winning streak since claiming nine straight from Aug.”

    Above is the summary of: Stat of the Day: Wacha’s no-hit bid… tap or click to check out the full article.

    “If the season ended today, the Rays would face the winner of the AL Wild Card Game in the AL Division Series, then have home-field advantage until the World Series. When does the postseason begin? The AL Wild Card Game is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. At this point, the Rays are in line to begin the postseason by facing the winner of the AL Wild Card Game, which is set for Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Game 5 (if necessary) on Oct.”

    Above is the summary of: What’s ahead? Rays postseason FAQ… tap or click to check out the full article.

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