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Playing A Little Pepper

[From Gus] Do you think the increased shifting this season is contributing to the poor fielding epidemic on the entire team (nobody seems immune)?

The biggest reason (we think) is Evan Longoria. And yes, Longo wasn’t exactly Mr. Gold Glove when he was healthy this year. But the Rays don’t have a “backup third baseman,” and since Longo has been out, five different players have started at third base. And every time Maddon moves somebody to third base, he has to move somebody else to second base or shortstop. Yes, all of these guys can play all three positions, but we can’t imagine it is very easy when if they are changing positions everyday. Does that mean it would be better if Maddon stuck to a regular lineup? Maybe not. But the inconsistent defense is probably the price for matchups on offense, and the shuffling on defense…BLAME LONGO

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. Carlos Pena, 1B
  3. BJ Upton, CF
  4. Matt Joyce, RF
  5. Hideki Matsui, DH
  6. Sean Rodriguez, 2B
  7. Jose Lobaton, C
  8. Elliot Johnson, SS
  9. Will Rhymes, 3B
  10. David Price, SP

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8 Comments

  1. Gus says:

    If having Longo back means Elliot Johnson isn’t playing everyday short, than I think that will help.

    But there may be a correlation between the sharply increased shifting (and the frequent in-game shuffling) of the infielders. When Longo comes back, Maddon only has SS-2b musical chairs. Hopefully even less of that if he leaves S-Rod and Zobrist there. But if we see those guys continue to have spikes in errors, than you may want to evaluate the cost-benefit of the increased shifting.

  2. Dave L says:

    God do I hate watching knuckleballers.

    Im banking on Matsui and BJ to hopefully carry us through this tonite.

    • Rob says:

      Can you imagine Molina catching a knuckleballer? Speaking of catchers, here are Jaso’s and Shoppach’s numbers (never thought I would miss having Shoppach behind the plate):

      Jaso: .261 AVG, .781 OPS, 13 R, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 12 BB, 14 SO
      Shoppach: .280 AVG, .905 OPS, 10 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 BB, 30 SO
      Molina: .188 AVG, .565 OPS, 10 R, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 9 BB, 27 SO

      Molina’s run production (runs scored and runs driven in) is the same as Shoppach, but Molina has about 25 more ABs.

      • Sarah says:

        Kelly Shoppach was a better hitter before he came to the Rays, and apparently he’s a better hitter once he’s left.

        And we can’t blame Derek Shelton, because Shelton was also his hitting coach in Cleveland!

        I always had the feeling that he wasn’t really trying.

  3. Rob says:

    I think it might be time to lower expectations for this club.

    • Rob says:

      Nothing like looking forward to a ballgame all day and then watching this garbage. Notice how once the DS and BA started talking about how great a season Price is having he goes and sh*ts the bed?

  4. Rob says:

    Dickey is going to get robbed of a no hitter tonight because that hit by BJ was an error all the way.

    • Dave L says:

      When I said I was hoping for BJ to carry us through I was hoping for a narrow win not to merely save us from a no hitter! Yikes!

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