This post, which will appear before every game, will include starting lineups (when we learn them) and during the game will include a Game Graph that will constantly update the percent chance the Rays have of winning this particular game.

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Source: FanGraphs

Playing A Little Pepper

If Jose Lobaton needs to go on the DL, can the Rays lean on Jose Molina to catch five days a week?

In short, no. Stephen Vogt, can play catcher, but defensively, he is a liability, and Joe Maddon only wants to break that glass in case of emergency. Then again, with both Robinson Chirinos and Chris Gimenez on the DL, this might be an emergency. At this point, if Lobaton goes on the DL and Gimenez is not ready to be activated, look for Nevin Ashley to get the call and 2-3 starts per week until Lobaton is ready…NO

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Carlos Pena, 1B
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Matt Joyce, LF
  5. Ben Zobrist, RF
  6. Luke Scott, DH
  7. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  10. Jeremy Hellickson, SP

Song to get you pumped up

It’s times like this that we need relief…

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  1. Dave L says:

    The interesting thing about our team and part of what makes them so easy to root for is found in these lineups we trotted out the first week of the season.

    Against the Yankess and Detroit, based on past history and performance and being totally objective, virtually none of our starting 9 batters would start for our opponents as far as offensive productivity is concerned. You could make the case for Longo and maybe Zobrist. Boston is really the same. Plus every Ray is making less $$$ than their counterpart as well.

    Defensively we are superior but not to the degree that our offense is so lacking.

    Pitching is pretty close really, i'd say a wash with Det and NY, we have better arms than Boston, but not dramatically.

    The rays win as a team way better than the sum of thier parts.

    We are trotting out 2 guys almost every game so far who are borderline major leaguers much less starters

    Maddon is really the key. I love Leyland and he's won everywhere, but he always won with the better players, his championship teams were loaded, as is this years team.

    The shift came back to bite us in the arse yesterday but so did virtually every other aspect of the Rays game. It was just a dismal day.

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  2. DRR says:

    So, it is looking like that first series with the Yanks was just a bit of a tease. Not looking like a very good team right now.

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  3. don says:

    A minor leaguer that has been cut by other teams, because he can't hit is going to catch for the rays....
    Friedman signed a 40 yr old man to fill this position in the off season...but he is a genius..just ask the media and the knowledgeable fans....

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