Playing A Little Pepper

Has anybody noticed that Joe Maddon has pretty much settled one standard lineup versus righties for probably the first time in his eight years with the club? The last 15-16 games versus righties have almost the same lineup everyday with some minor variances. For example, it was Zobrist-Joyce at the top, but in the last week it has been Joyce-Zobrist. They are followed almost every game by Johnson-Longo-Loney-Jennings-DH-Catcher-Escobar. It’s refreshing. But it is also like we don’t even know Maddon anymore…The Rays have announced they will have a second Joe Maddon Gnome giveaway on August 3 vs the Giants…James Shields, Wade Davis, and Elliot Johnson return to the Trop for the first time as visitors.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


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




  1. Dave L says:

    Don do you know that games that dont involve the Rays actually count?

    SRod -last guy on the bench- ,250 BA .346 OBP .758 OPS
    Elliot - hapless starter ------- .220 BA .260 OBP .524 OPS

    Once again you double down on a bad prediction gone south and look foolish


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