Playing A Little Pepper

Jose Molina is the DH tonight which means Joe Maddon is trolling us now. Why is he the DH? Because Andy Pettitte is really tough on lefties and not so tough on righties. But here’s the problem, the righties that hit Pettitte are probably still decent-to-good hitters. Molina is not on the team because of his bat. Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson, both lefties, are both on the bench. And what happens later in the game when a right-handed reliever is brought into the game? Maddon can’t use Joyce or Johnson to pinch-hit for Molina because Jose Lobaton might get hurt. Just like BJ Upton batting leadoff versus lefties, sometimes Maddon becomes too obsessed with the starting pitcher at the expense of more important at bats later in the game (Upton was good vs LHP, but he sucked late in those same games, creating a net negative). That being said, Molina will probably hit for the cycle tonight and Maddon will sing into his glass of wine after the game.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Wil Myers, RF
  6. Jose Molina, DH
  7. Yunel Escobar, SS
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. James Loney, 1B
  10. Matt Moore, SP

 

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Jay from PA says:

    If Molina can triple tonight it means someone in the outfield broke a leg chasing a gap ball, because dude needs a jetpack to get on going-

  2. Chris D says:

    Assuming you need a pinch hitter in the 8th, you only really have to worry if Lobaton gets hurt in the at bat following Joyce/Johnson. In that unlikely scenario, just use someone as an emergency catcher.

    If you’re pinch hitting in the 9th the likelihood of having to pitch again is <50% because you're pinch hitting in the 9th….

  3. jd123 says:

    Hmm. SRod is 2-4 so far with an RBI and a run scored. Seems to be handling things OK out there.

  4. jd123 says:

    Yeah but you are not Matt Joyce. You are just a cranky SOB that does nothing but find fault with every move the Rays make.

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