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]

Source: FanGraphs

Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays are now 5.5 games back in the AL East. Are they in trouble?

The Rays have a funny way of looking like the best team in baseball and a week later they can look like the ’88 Orioles. Their highs and lows always seem more exaggerated than most teams. But consider that the Rays spent almost the entire second-half of 2011 7-11 games out of first place. And with the second Wild Card, the Rays are just 1-game out of the playoffs…NO NEED TO PANIC (YET)

Lineup…

  1. BJ Upton, CF
  2. Carlos Pena, 1B
  3. Jeff Keppinger, DH
  4. Brooks Conrad, 3B
  5. Ben Zobrist, RF
  6. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
  7. Flash Jennings, LF
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Elliot Johnson, SS
  10. Matt Moore, SP

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6 Comments

  1. don says:

    Move Zobrist, Johnson to 1-2, Upton(5) & pena(8) Jennings (9)
    Maddon would have something
    With above 1/2 don’t get on base( 50% SO)what good is kepp. conrad, Zo? stupid…

  2. Rob says:

    There’s no reason to panic – it is what it is. I think the organization should look at reality in the face and make the best of it while they still can though.

  3. Dave L says:

    we were in much worse shape last year in August 27 than we are today on June 27.

    Next time someone says we need to trade Rays player X or Y, please give us not only the Rays players name but please provide an example of what team would want him and why, how it would benefit them as well as us and who we might get in return.

    I cant think of any trades other than for prosects and that only benefits us in the future.

    Alot of people in this forum are ready to trade BJ at any time for a batboy and a rosin bag to be named later, that might make you feel good for whatever weird reason but it doesnt make the 2012 rays a better team.

    • don says:

      I said earlier when BJ was out, Jennings in CF, Zo in RT, Kepp. in infield we don’t miss Upton at all…as usual I was right…
      Then Joyce gets hurt, scott never was right, and we sign washed up Japanese guys….now whats Upton worth??
      Lets hope for the Red Sox to lose their last 50 games so we can do what we did in 2011….you think?

      • Dave L says:

        We missed him terribly and he carried us offensively when he got back for a month. When he came back he solidified our outfield defense

        Don do you just feel by making moronic statements that have no basis in reality, someone here will take them as fact?

        Can you tell me what team you root for to win MLB games? I have asked you a few times and I am just curious but you seem unwilling to answer.

    • Rob says:

      I can’t predict what teams will need five weeks from now, but if a subpar team all of a sudden gets hot and they think they can make a run, they might be willing to add a piece to their club. If a division leader loses their starting CF, they may need a replacement to keep things going. I am not saying they need to trade him tomorrow, but they have to have a sense of urgency about it over the next 5 weeks – make it known now that they are serious about entertaining offers, so when the right opportunity comes along, they can pull the trigger. It likely won’t happen or work out that way, but they have to be prepared if it does. Now, they might be doing all of this anyway – there’s no way for us to know, so, yes, mostly we are just venting.

      This team is not making the playoffs this year short of another miracle, and lightning usually doesn’t strike twice. They also can’t afford Upton next year, and frankly, I wouldn’t want them paying him what he will be asking. Their strategy may be to tender him an offer at the end of the season and get supplemental picks from a team when someone else signs him like they did with Crawford. I would be okay with that too as long as they pick a friggin’ catcher for once.

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