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

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Playing A Little Pepper

With Matt Joyce back, why did the Rays demote Will Rhymes instead of cutting Hideki Matsui?

It is a puzzling move on some levels and makes perfect sense on others. With Joyce back, the Rays are actually gaining an infielder since Ben Zobrist will move back to second base. And with Rhymes, Sean Rodriguez, Jeff Keppinger, and Elliot Johnson, the Rays have a lot of interchangeable parts for what is basically third base and shortstop now. And don’t forget, the Rays hate getting rid of things if they don’t have to. Rhymes had a minor league option, so they get to keep him. Matsui would have been out of the organization. This way, the Rays get to keep both pieces…NUMBERS AND DOLLARS

Lineup…

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

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2 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    Like anyone was going to pick up Matsui if they waived him. If anything, we should hope a team picks him up and we get to face him.

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  2. Dave L says:

    The fact remains whether we agree with it or not as Rays fans that MLB as a whole still respects Matsui as a hitter more than they do Rhymes.

    Witness the intentional walk with first base open of Matsui the other day. We all may have scratched our heads but if Rhymes would have been the hitter would they have walked him? I think not.

    Also Maddon reasoned before the game that Rhymes would not have played much as a LHB infielder at any rate over the next few games so he wanted to keep him active playing baseball as well.

    Matsui may never hit another MLB home run in his life but his potential to hit the ball a long way is still greater than Rhymes. We may all "know" that Matsui will never break out again at this stage but he is getting one last chance I guess. Expect him to be gone when Fuld gets back soon.

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