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

Elliot Johnson is at shortstop and Sean Rodriguez is at third base tonight. Why?

The simple answer is “we don’t know.” If you consider that Ben Zobrist has to be in the outfield, then Johnson, Rodriguez, and Will Rhymes must play some cobination of 2B, SS, 3B. And you would think Joe Maddon would want his best defensive player at SS. That would seem to be Rodriguez (have you seen this play?). But maybe there is something about the spray charts tonight that suggests it is better to have the good glove at 3B. But yeah…WE DON’T KNOW

Lineup…

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

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4 Comments

  1. ali says:

    who’s playing LF, Zobrist?

  2. don says:

    0for9 and six strikes out wasn’t enough for “Maddon’s Epiphany” last night… we suffer with the two strikeouts boys at top of the order again tonight… my tv might not make it thru another night of Pena/ Upton looking at third strikes… so you two bums better do something….your making Maddon look bad…NO…

  3. Dave L says:

    When Joyce hit that home run you would have thought that someone shot every ESPN announcers dog. They focused on his turned ankle, repeatedly called the HR barely out and spoke in hushed tones.

    I am glad that our Joe shot the conventional wisdom CLOSER bullsh*t nonsense down and their Joe sailed down the manage by tradition stupidity and tried to annoint that deer in the headlights guy as saint Marianos successor. Should have made it a competition and I dont think R Soriano deserved it but they should have rotated it.

    Our Joe knows “9th inning only Closer” is lazy modern baseball crap.

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