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

Yesterday after Ben Zobrist tied the game with a 2-run triple in the 8th inning, the Rays failed to take the lead despite having a man on third with only one out. Why are the Rays so terrible at driving in that runner from third?

Depending on the exact situation, a team with a runner on third base with less than 2 outs will score 1-2 runs on average. But while it seems like the Rays can never get that runner in, the Rays are actually hitting better in these situations than they are overall. On the season, the Rays are hitting .234 with a .693 OPS. With a runner on third with less than 2 outs, they are hitting .322 with an .840 OPS. Of course, often teams will bring the infield in in these situations, so we would expect the averages to go up. And indeed, despite hitting .322, that is just 9th in the AL. And the .840 OPS is 10th. So they are better, but still not very good…THIS JUST ISN’T A GOOD OFFENSIVE TEAM

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. Carlos Pena, 1B
  3. BJ Upton, CF
  4. Luke Scott, DH
  5. Ben Zobrist, RF
  6. Jeff Keppinger, 2B
  7. Brooks Conrad, 3B
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Elliot Johnson, SS
  10. James Shields, SP

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  1. Don M says:

    and if they are not a good offensive team, and not a good defensive team....well, you can see where I' gong

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