Playing A Little Pepper

Look for David DeJesus to play most days against righties, mostly in left field. That means Matt Joyce will probably see a lot of time at DH down the stretch. Adding DeJesus also makes me wonder how serious LukScott’s injury really is. If he does come back, he might not have a job…David DeJesus will wear no. 7 for the Rays. Interestingly, he is just the second player in franchise history to wear no. 7, with the other being Jeff Keppinger last year. The only other numbers below no. 64 that have been worn by fewer than two players are no. 6 (1), no. 12 (1), and no. 42 (none). And no. 12 and no. 42 are retired. Nobody has worn no. 6 since John Flaherty…The Rays have 37 games remaining, but only one more off-day (Sept. 9)…BEn Zobrist is 19 games away from reaching 900 career games with the Rays. Only Carl Crawford (1,235) and BJ Upton (966) have played more games.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. Matt Joyce, RF
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Kelly Johnson, DH
  7. David DeJesus, LF
  8. Jose Lobaton, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. Chis Archer, SP




  1. ed williams says:

    ok so no myers, when do we start playing out best players everyday, i know the new guy has to play, but isn't will tearing up the yankees, i know trust joe, i would think after all this time i would, i just don't understand why you don't play your best players all the time. Please somebody explain that to me.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Myers is a young player who has never played a long major league season with a (hopefully) long, tough playoff run/grind that could potentially last for 2 more months. Joe often rests a "star" the day before or after an off day so they get a nice little 2 day break to let their bodies heal.

    • George says:

      The rays have one off day the rest of the year until the playoffs. You want to keep guys fresh so it's smart what Joe is doing.

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    "Will Luke Scot have a job when he returns?"

    The real question is SHOULD he have a job when he returns, and the answer is a resounding "no", but with expanded rosters in September it'll be a good thing to have him hanging around on the bench just in case.

  3. Dave L says:

    I cant quite understand why anyone would be so happy to boot Luke off the roster, especially when it comes time to expand the rosters. He batted a .829 OPS in May and .932 in July. Those are impressive numbers.

    Sure he's streaky and sucked for long periods and has no place in the field. But he won games for us in 2013.

    And someone mentioned Delmon in a previous post as an possible outfielder for the Rays? I hope and seriously doubt that will happen. Too many plus outfielders on the big roster for him or Scott to ever wear leather and play a 7 or 9.

    Too many bad things can happen.

    How about Joyce last night. That was a risky catch he pulled off. If that gets by him its a an easy triple. Defense was airtight last night.

    Yanks were hot but still showing their age.

    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      Who is so happy to "boot Luke off the roster"?

      • Dave L says:

        Guys that are on the Rays roster are there because they have a job. Most arent everyday jobs but they have a role.

        If they dont have a job they get DFA like Bourgeise, (ok I cant spell it but its like french for 'middle class' if i am not mistaken)

        Since he's gone I may never learn to spell it.......

        My point is Luke has a job and can still kill some righties and if he's hot can still win games. If he's cold he wont stay out there long with expanded rosters. Of course he has to be healthy which is a big if.

        I dont even think he's hurt. He was just cold and killing us so they decided to rest him (since he's never 100% anyway) until expansion time.

        I have no evidence to back that up its just a hunch

    • George says:

      When Luke gets back he won't have the every day job as dh against righties but it's good to have good players on the bench so he makes quality depth. He's a guy that can pinch hit and hit you a home run which is a nice luxury

    • Ken says:

      Luke will be back once the roster's expand. Young will follow, with Wright or Ramos DFA'ed to make room on the 40 man roster for him. It gives us the most depth I can remember going down the stretch. Beckham will also be a call up once the AAA season is over.
      I like DeJesus a lot, always thought he'd be a "Rays" kinda player. Wouldn't be surprised if he's back next year. He's Sam Fuld with a better bat. Hopefully KIng David has his plus stuff tonight. Nice way to push the Yanks back where they belong.
      Go Rays.


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