Playing A Little Pepper

Matt Moore returns to the mound tonight and Jeremy Hellickson will pitch tomorrow. They will be followed by David Price, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer. This is just the second time this group of five pitchers will start consecutive games. Barring a trade, this is also the likely 2014 starting rotation…10 of the next 13 games are against teams that are under .500. The Rays are 38-16 this season against teams with a losing record. On the other hand, the Rays are 0-9 in the West Coast time zone this season.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

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

 

 
 

8 Comments

  1. Dave L says:

    This highlights what the Rays try to do is very, very hard.

    Your starting rotation and position players are virtually all under 30.

    You cant have one overpaid guy on the entire roster. You cant have one payroll mistake. You cant bring in anyone proven and pay him ever.

    In August then September your opponents can bring in real proven ballplayers to help them.and expand the benches. We get a castoff Delmon Young basically no one wants.

    Bring it on.

    I would rather root for this bunch (or the A’s frankly) than any other club in MLB.

    Win or lose.

    The baseball world dreams of an Angels or Tigers and Sox AL Pennant series, I dream of the two well run slum franchises in obsolete stadiums by the bookend Bays of the country.

  2. OriginalTom says:

    Looks like they may have many of the same position players back next year with: Longoria, Myers, Zo, Jennings, Joyce, Escobar, and Lobaton all under contract nex season and the team having an option on Dejesus. They may only need to sign a first basemen next season.

  3. Ken says:

    Based loaded, no outs, 5-2-3 DP by Loney. When will it end?

  4. Ken says:

    A glimmer of hope? Two out RBI’s by Zorilla and Lobo. Hang tough Rays.

  5. Ken says:

    Props to Matty Moore. Take us home bullpen.

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