Playing A Little Pepper

Sean Rodriguez is starting today. It will be the first game he has appeared in since May 16th…Evan Longoria is DHing. With tomorrow’s off-day, this will give Longo’s legs two straight days off…Even with the 3 errors in this series, the Rays have committed just 21 on the season. That is 20 fewer errors than at the same point last season…In his last 162 games, Evan Longoria is hitting .298 with 39 home runs, 118 RBI, a .387 OBP and .944 OPS.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ryan Roberts, 3B
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, DH
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Sean Rodriguez, RF
  7. Kelly Johnson, LF
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. Jeremy Hellickson, SP



1 Comment

  1. Dave L says:

    Defense is very hard to quantify. You really have to watch ALOT of games to get a feel for who is effective and who is less effective.

    Errors are just a part of it, a small part of it. But unfortunately, unlike offensive advanced metrics, the defensive metrics as a tool, to this point pretty much suck IMO. Especially over the short term or even a whole season.

    Our defense is hands down better overall and the only part that may not have improved much over 2012 is the corner outfielders.

    The shifts have been very successful and this current group of Rays infielders play it much better than the past few years of increased shifting. I think a healthy everyday Longo and the addition of an everyday Escobar has led to the exceptional infield play in 2013

    If you want to know how successful our radical shifting has been. Just look at other teams. In 2010 most teams did little or no radical shifting except to like a Papi.

    Now fast forward to 2013 and most clubs are shifting as much as the Rays did in 2010 and 20111


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