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Playing A Little Pepper

Earlier today, Marc Topkin suggested that the Rays might demote Sean Rodriguez when Luke Scott comes back. Is this possible?

They both can play 2B and 3B. And with Ben Zobrist moving back to shortstop, it certainly makes the move a possibility. But would the Rays prefer Ryan Roberts over Sean Rodriguez? Hot Rod is hitting 80 points higher (.208 to .128) albeit with a small sample for Roberts. And Roberts does have a higher OBP. But Rodriguez has more power.  And while his defense has been less than stellar this season (moving around everyday isn’t helping), Rodriguez is the better glove based on what I’ve seen. Only reason I can see for keeping Roberts and demoting Hot Rod is so that the Rays don’t have to put Roberts on waivers. And well, players like Roberts are a dime, a dozen. No reason to make roster decisions based on that…DUMP TAT MAN

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


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

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  1. Joe says:

    Well it's 3 weeks until September so whoever goes down will be back very soon anyway.

    Where Scott plays is still the question because I don't think Evan is playing 3B anytime soon.

  2. Sam says:

    Ryan Roberts has had a more productive career than Sean Rodriguez.... Roberts has just had a slower year, but overall is still a little more productive than Rodriguez. This season SRod's more powerful, but barely.

    • Sam says:,6589

      Over their career which is almost identical in games played and plate appearances.

    • Joe says:

      I like Tat Man's defense better. Sean has incredible range but he over throws too often. Also both will strike out but Roberts seems to have much better AB's, he makes the pitcher work. Making the pitcher work for Sean is making it last 4 pitches.

      • Sam says:

        I haven't been able to watch the quality of ABs for Roberts much, but I know it seems sometimes with SRod that he swings for junk a lot. Both strikeout, but at least Roberts Ks less than Rodriguez and still walks more. To me that's a sign he puts up better ABs. I think Roberts could end being a pretty good pickup for the team in future seasons. But I have liked seeing what Roberts has done at 3B. I've seen him make some pretty difficult plays.

        • Joe says:

          Yeah, the Roberts at 2B seems to experimenting for the sake of experimenting. Dude is a natural 3B and Keppinger is natural 2B so that's odd. However, Kepp has looked quite good 3B

  3. don says:

    Well lets see....a .200 hitter vs. a .200 hitter Both with extensive ML demote or cut either shouldn't be a hard decision..the Rays don't have a minor league infielder that can hit ML pitching? not good sign for the future.....

  4. Sarah says:

    Naturally players will see a trip to the minors as a demotion. But in Sean's case you could make the argument that there's still some glimmer of hope that he can be a more productive hitter than we've seen this and most of last year, but he won't make any improvements getting rare at-bats. A few weeks of regular play in Durham could provide the opportunity for him to make needed adjustments. Keeping him here as a seldom used bench player suggests that the team feels this is as good as he'll ever be.

  5. Chris says:

    Don't forget the Bulls only have 24 games left. "A few weeks of regular play?" Has that helped Brignac?

  6. Gus says:

    I've been the biggest proponent of bringing Zobrist into the infield ("Project Z") on a full time basis on this site for the past 2 years. That said, I want to see more of Z at SS before I'm ready to commit there. Last couple of games there have been balls hit that looked like sure outs off the bat that got through; may have been bad positioning; I'm not sure.

    it also seems like Longo won't be at 3B any time soon (the Twins broadcasters last night were openly questioning his ability to run at all). What we can't have is an entire side of an infield that is substandard. I've yet to see anybody play 3B with range and accuracy. So i want to make sure SS has range. S-Rod may be the best answer on the roster to that question.

    When we get to 9/1 expansion, Maddon may be making 6 subs a game in the infield. It will be like little league in there.

    • Joe says:

      Maddon called it unlikely but not impossible to see Evan back at 3B this road trip. And if not, can easily see it when we get home.

      Only way that Joe can play Scott that I can think of.

      But, to be fair, both Roberts and Keppinger have played a very solid infield it's a small sample size but Zo looks good at his natural position.

  7. don says:

    FredMcgrif said today on the Radio when asked about Zo at SS, He said why wouldn't Maddon play him at SS he came up playing SS, and Maddon's played everyone else there


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