Playing A Little Pepper

J.A. Happ was released from the hospital today and it sounds like he avoided any major injuries, which is of course, great news…As we stated earlier, the Rays would be 27-5 if that had not blown any leads this season. In addition, they have held a lead in their last 10 losses. That means if they had not blown a lead in any of those games, the Rays would currently be on a 20-game winning streak…Last night’s blown lead was the first time the Rays had blown a lead of at least 3 runs after the 6th inning since 2010…If Matt Moore works at least 5 innings tonight, it would be the 33rd straight game to start the season that a starting pitcher worked 5+ innings. That would tie the ’72 Dodgers for the second longest streak on record. The ’81 Pirates went 45 straight games…If James Loneygets 5 plate appearances tonight he will have enough to be included among the league leaders in batting average. He is currently fraction of a point behind Miguel Cabrera (.385).

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Kelly Johnson, LF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Yunel Escobar, SS
  7. Luke Scott, DH
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Sam Fuld, RF
  10. Matt Moore, SP




  1. Dave L says:

    Why are we starting our lefty lineup versus a LHP?

    Fuld is 0 for 3 against Romero all K's and Luke is 1 for 17?

  2. Ken says:

    Is it me or is Yunel whistling more than usual tonight?

  3. Rob says:

    Talk about Shawn Camp today got me thinking during the game whether a whole team of former Rays who are still playing in the bigs could be put together now that they have been around for while. I included a lineup and their stats to date for 2013. All position player had to have at least 100 ABs in the majors while with the Rays/Devil Rays, i.e. no Josh Hamilton or Jose Bautista( or even Ben Francisco). I also couldn't carry three catchers, so Navarro is the odd man out.

    1. BJ Upton, CF, .153, 3 HR, 5 RBI
    2. Jeff Keppinger, 2B, .191, 0 HR, 6 RBI
    3. Carl Crawford, LF, .304, 5 HR, 8 RBI
    4. Carlos Pena, 1B, .232, 3 HR, 9 RBI
    5. Justin Ruggiano, RF, .233 6 HR, 15 RBI
    6. Jonny Gomes, DH, .214, 2 HR, 6 RBI
    7. John Jaso, C, .258, 1 HR, 10 RBI
    8. Elliot Johnson, 3B, .290, 1 HR, 2 RBI
    9. Reid Brignac, SS, .250, 0 HR, 3 RBI

    Kelly Shoppach C, .260, 1 HR, 5 RBI
    Delmon Young, OF, .130, 1 HR, 3 RBI
    Eric Hinske, OF, .231, 1HR, 4 RBI
    Ty Wiggington, UT, .136, 0 HR, 1 RBI
    Nick Green, UT, .305, 1 HR, 3 RBI

    James Shields, 2-2, 2.52
    Jason Hammel, 5-1, 4.10
    Scott Kazmir, 1-1, 6.28
    Edwin Jackson, 0-5, 6.39
    Wade Davis, 2-2, 4.75

    Rafael Soriano, 0-0, 2.57
    Grant Balfour, 0-0, 2.03
    JP Howell, 1-0, 3.86
    Randy Choate, 0-0, 1.93
    Joaquin Benoit, 0-0, 1.76
    Burke Badenhop, 0-1, 4.09

    Matt Garza
    Casey Kotchman

    Who would you replace? I chose Nick Green over Josh Wilson - they are pretty much the same player anyway.

    That would actually be a pretty good bullpen, but the lineup is putrid.

    There are a bunch of relievers still playing, so I just picked some of the more recent and well-known ones.

    • Ken says:

      LOL, great job. Funny, the bullpen is almost identical in capability to 2013. Our 2013 line up looks much better.

    • Mr.Smith 1980 says:

      I love it!
      Hopefully Cork sees it and morphs it into a Blog post here on RI.

      I was surprised last week to see how well Ruggs is doing, I had written him off as a AAAA player, good for him.

      Shawn Camp could've made the list with his 8+ ERA (as per usual).

      Brendan Harris is still journeying his way through the league and is hitting .237

      Another interesting story (but not really relevant) is Jason Bartlett, from All-Star (2009) to out of the league in just a few short years (2012).

    • Dave L says:

      Nice stuff.

      Attach the current payroll values and it will be an eye opener as well.

      Good pen for sure but it would cost more than our entire pitching staff combined

      Only guys I would want back are of course CC and Shields but they were cut loose for monetary reasons.

      The only guy who seems to have done better is Ruggiano.

      Who knew?

      When he left here no one even noticed or complained

  4. Ken says:

    According to KJ's 162 game avg. is .255, 19 HR, 68 RBI and 89 runs scored. I'll take it. I thought SRod would produce with similar numbers. Glad we have him and Loney, pros not kids.


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