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Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays have called up Josh Lueke as a short-term replacement for Jeff Niemann to help in the bullpen. But when the Rays need a starter, should Alex Cobb or Wade Davis be the guy?

Just like the backup quarterback being the most popular player on a football team, the most popular player in baseball is the top prospect. And as a result, every Rays fans favorite baseball-phrase today is “not stretched out,” as in Davis isn’t ready to be a starting pitcher. If that’s the case (we think it is a stretch, pun intended), we don’t mind Alex Cobb getting one start. But if Davis is not the choice long-term, then why is he on the team? All winter Andrew Friedman talked about how keeping Davis gave the Rays starting pitching depth. And now the Rays are more worried about 2-3 innings out of the bullpen each week?….WADE DAVIS

Lineup…

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

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8 Comments

  1. don says:

    How can a minor league pitcher take WD's job? If he loses it then thats another story...for now its our "6th Starting pitchers" job

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  2. doug says:

    Davis deserves the opportunity. He is the most experienced available.

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  3. Gus says:

    WD 40 gets no respect. Give Cobb the Saturday spot start, skip a start and get Davis ready for the next turn at the end of the month. He'll be highly motivate to get his rotation spot back, and it will be good internal competition for Moore, who may need something to get his level back up.

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  4. Cork Gaines says:

    Now Maddon is saying Davis will stay in bullpen and it will be Cobb or Archer.

    Hey, if the Rays think one of those is a better option that's fine. But again, why didn't they trade Davis then? Because right now, they have traded one starting pitcher (Davis) for one middle reliever (Davis), when they could have traded him for 3-4 prospects. Hell, they probably could have gotten 2 RPs in a trade that are just as good as Davis in the pen, and an extra prospect thrown in.

    In the meantime, hey Wade, not only did the Rays give you a longterm deal to be a starting pitcher and then boot you to #6, it turns out you are actually #8, behind Cobb and Archer.

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    • Don says:

      IF all that is true I"ll tell you right now....WD will not take it good..
      Its "his job"...Maddon can stick that bull pen up his Ass...Davis might do it for him.. HE's a Florida tough guy...with a long term contract.. what are you going to do to him?.. trade him to a team that will make him a Starter..oh please don't do that....

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  5. Alex says:

    Ask yourselves this: Is the team stronger with Cobb as a starter and Davis in the pen just in case or is it stronger with Davis as a starter and a useless body in the pen? Davis is still our emergency back up guy in case some one gets injured during a game or they get shelled early. I think Davis may have rejoined the rotation in this case if Farnsworth hadn't gotten injured earlier this year

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  6. Dave L says:

    Maddon definitely closed the door on WD starting last night.

    He usually struggled to go 6 innings. He will have a long career as a bullpen guy. Maybe everyone is over valuing what he would bring in return on a trade. I think he makes our pen much stronger than he would our rotation. Hey his era is already halved so lets roll with it.

    Only question is how he will take it.

    I would guess his trade value is not what we thought it was.

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