It’s Tuesday so it is time to update the Tampa Bay Rays Power Rankings. These rankings are a combination of overall importance to the team and a general “who’s hot and who’s not”, mixed with how we currently feel about and perceive each member of the team.

 
 

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  1. Robert Rittner says:

    The consensus is that Reyes struggled in the second half last year, and that is true but may be overstated. He did indeed give up more hits and more home runs/IP in the second half and his ERA rose. Overall, he was less reliable in the second half than in the first month or so.

    On the other hand, measuring a closer’s performance is different from measuring how other pitchers do. The key with closers is how often do they do their job, not what their cumulative stats are. For example, if A pitches in 10 games (10 innings) and gives up nothing in 9 but 6 runs in one, he is 9 for 10 despite his near 6 ERA. That is better than the pitcher who gives up the winning run in 4 of those games but maintains an ERA under 4.

    Looking at Reyes’s log, from June 2 to the end of the year he pitched in 37 games. In only 9 of them did he leave the game with the Rays worse off than when he began it, and in two of those he got the save anyway while in the third he gave away 3 runs of a 5 run lead in the top of the ninth so the Rays won anyway. In essence, he did his job in 31 of 37 games from June 2 on. Only once did he not finish an inning.

    Yes, his ERA was high (although he continued to strike people out while walking very few), but that is because in a few of those games he gave up 4 runs. Actually, he was only significantly ineffective in 5 games. In the other 2 he came in with the Rays already 7 down and gave up another run. In yet another he put the Rays deeper in a hole from 2 down to 8 down late in the game.

    I also see no evidence that he flagged down the stretch. In 8 of his last 10 games he did not allow a hit. In those 7.2 innings he walked one and struck out 7. The other two games were blown saves, not good of course, but he also had a win and 3 saves in that span.

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