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

Interleague games are inherently unfair with teams like the Mets having to play the Yankees six times each year. How can the system be fixed?

Ultimately, MLB needs to move to a system similar to the NFL. That is each division will play ALL the teams in one division from the other league each year on a rotating basis (they do something similar now. Rays played the NL Central last year, but did not play the Pirates or the Cubs). This way each teams in a division has same interleague opponents. Each team will also get one 3-game designated rivalry series. The Rays would play 3 games against the Marlins, the Yankees 3 against the Mets, etc. And in seasons in which a team is playing the division with their rival, they would play that team twice. That is, they would play one 3-game series as part of the normal interleague schedule and once as rivals. So the Rays would play the Marlins each year. And once every three years, the teams would play two series in a season. So simple, only MLB could screw it up*…BALANCED INTERLEAGUE

Lineup…

  1. Ben Zobrist, RF
  2. BJ Upton, CF
  3. Matt Joyce, LF
  4. Carlos Pena, 1B
  5. Luke Scott, DH
  6. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  7. Will Rhymes, 2B
  8. Elliot Johnson, SS
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. David Price, SP

Song to get you pumped up

Chipper Jones is not in the lineup today. So unless the two teams meet in the World Series, Larry Wayne Jones’ 21st career game against the Rays was his last.

* With the Astros moving the AL next season, interleague is going to have to expand. One possibility is to play two series (one home, one away) against each of the teams in the interleague division.

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  1. Michael says:

    The so-called Rivalry Games are being reduced next year

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  2. Dave L says:

    Its going to be interesting to see how they set it up. Every week of the season will have to have at least 2 series per week as interleague to give everyone an opponent. Will they continue to bunch the majority in the pre- All Star break period?

    Adding two teams will dilute the game further and play will suffer especially pitching. Contracting 2 instead would improve MLB but short term financial necessity wont allow that of course.

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  3. Don says:

    Just sitting at home(lucky for Pena) watch the circus, if your not convinced Pena is the Dumbest player in baseball...I can't help you..
    Feel sorry for the other players esp Scott

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  4. YoBuc says:

    Brian Anderson's suggestion (not his idea originally, but I commend him for bringing it up again) of having the visiting team bring its rules to the ballpark makes a lot of sense. Otherwise, interleague play provides no special "flavor" to those attending the game.

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