Playing A Little Pepper

No Desmond Jennings, Ben Zobrist, or Yunel Escobar in today’s lineup…Today’s game will not be on local television. Why? Sun Sports only has the broadcast rights to a certain number of games each year (typically ~155) so they have to decide which games to not broadcast. Usually the decision is easy as some of the games are broadcast by Fox on Saturday or ESPN on Sunday night. But if there are not enough of those games, Sun Sports must give up 1-2 more. And a Thursday game at noon against a non-division rival is not going to do huge ratings, so it is a good candidate to drop.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Matt Joyce, LF
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. Luke Scott, DH
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  7. Jose Lobaton, C
  8. Sam Fuld, CF
  9. Sean Rodriguez, SS
  10. Matt Moore, SP




  1. Tyler says:

    Get to watch the game up here in Boston, go Rays!

  2. brixology says:

    Since it's a local blackout, why in the world am I not able to see it on MLB.TV? Stupid.

  3. Dave L says:

    Someone needs to explain the logic of the local fan having no video access to a game in which someone from a different market has access.

    I understand blackouts if we are avoiding another method to view a game which has been paid for like an MLB Network blackout for a Foxsports game or an online blackout for a game accessable on Sun/Fox sports in the Florida market.

    Kind of like showing unlimited replays to the fan on TV who pays simply by watching commercials (which he could easily bypass if he has the technological savvy of a 5 year old) While a paying fan who pays for parking, a ticket and probably an overpriced refreshment but who gets 'blacked out' of most all replays and is instead fed more advertisements on the big screen instead.

    Pro sports in general (not just MLB) just takes the loyal paying fans for granted. Just show us the goddamn Twins Fox feed on SunSports Florida. How hard is that? Who loses? I am sure it would beat the hell ratings-wise on whatever repeat of a show they aired from 12 to 4 today.


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