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.

Playing A Little Pepper

Ben Zobrist is back at shortstop again tonight. Is Ben Zobrist going to be the most-days shortstop for the rest of the season?

Even though it is his original position, there is a reason Zobrist was moved away from shortstop. He is a dependable glove, but he lacks the range necessary for that position, and has posted a negative UZR at SS in his career (gives up more runs than he saves). But let’s face it, he is not going to be any worse than what the Rays have been throwing out there. And Zobrist is going to be much better at the plate than Sean Rodriguez or Elliot Johnson. On top of that, Joe Maddon has a ton of other options at second base and in the outfield. So look for Zorilla to remain at shortstop for the rest of this season, at least on most days…YES

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, LF
  2. BJ Upton, DH
  3. Matt Joyce, RF
  4. Ben Zobrist, SS
  5. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
  6. Carlos Pena, 1B
  7. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Sam Fuld, CF
  10. Alex Cobb, SP

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  1. Dave L says:

    Back when Bartlett was manning the position I often complained to a friend that I wished he had more range, he never seemed to dive or make a spectacular play.

    He always said 'he makes the routine plays, thats whats most important'

    Man was he ever right as the last 10 guys to man that position have shown us.

    I would just love a shortstop that didnt make me hold my breath that he could get the ball out of his glove cleanly and deliver it to Pena accurately.

    Since Bartlett left we havent had that guy and hopefully Zo will just make the easy plays routine again.

    Thats enough for me at SS

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