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.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Playing A Little Pepper

Bill Chastain, in a recent mailbag, said he doesn’t think we have seen the end of Wade Davis as a starting pitcher. Of course, he is essentially the Rays “backup” starting pitcher right now. But Chastain also says if James Shields isn’t brought back next year, we could see Davis back in the rotation. Will Davis be in the rotation in 2013?

Well, some of this depends on how well Shields pitches this year, and what the Rays want the payroll to look like next year. But there is also the idea that the Rays like Davis in the bullpen, and there are other alternatives (Alex Cobb, Alex Torres). Prior to the season we looked the growth of the Rays starting pitchers, and Davis just hasn’t developed the way we had hoped. He is a serviceable starting pitcher, but there weren’t any signs that he was going to get better. A lot can change, but at this point, we’d say…NO

Lineup…

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

Song to get you pumped up

OK, it’s not New Orleans (what is?), but with this run of day games, this seemed appropriate…

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10 Comments

  1. Michael says:

    4-5 pitches with a fastball that can touch 96 is a lot to waste in the bullpen…

    Who thinks Alex Cobb is better?

    • MJ says:

      i cant remember the last time davis touched 96. he lives around 91 these days.

    • Cork Gaines says:

      Well, I think one issue is that Davis doesn’t have sustained velocity. He can ramp it up to mid-90s, but not as a starting pitcher. And you’re right, I’m not sold on Cobb either, although some think his changeup has James Shields potential (that’s asking a lot, but it is good). My guess is that we see one more year of Shields.

      • Beth says:

        I realize that we have a small sample size with Cobb, but I was pretty impressed last year. He had two bad starts — his first, when he appeared to be tipping his pitches against the Angels, and his last, when he was removed early and it turned out he had whatever the injury was that sent him to the DL. The seven other starts I recall as all being pretty high quality (although my memory is not good enough to recall all of them in detail).

        Of course, we can probably find a stretch of 7 quality starts at some point from Davis, so I can’t say for sure that Cobb is a better bet, but assuming he’s come back from surgery without any ill effects, I think he is a strong contender for a starter spot, or at least good trade bait.

  2. Cork Gaines says:

    It is snowing in Detroit. Not hard, just flakes. But still snow.

  3. Dave L says:

    Effect of BJ missing in todays lineup?

    Des to left
    Matt to right
    Ben to 2nd
    SRod to SS

    Reid to bench

    Anyone who would take Reid over BJ even in the midst of the slump is outta their mind.

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