Playing A Little Pepper

David Price makes his final regular season start tonight. His next start will either be the Wild Card game or a play-in game (which technically would be a regular season start for records purposes). In 14.0 innings this season against the Yankees (2 starts), Price has allowed 5 runs on 13 hits and a walk with 10 Ks. Both of those starts were at Tropicana Field…The Rays are without Desmond Jennings for the third straight game as well as Yunel Escobar and Jose Lobaton, both of whom left last night’s game early…Tonight will be the 144th different lineup used by Joe Maddon this season. One more will tie 2006 for the second-most under Maddon. They won’t catch last year when Maddon used 151 different lineups…Even though the Rays currently have 37 players on the roster, only 40 players have appeared in a game for the Rays this season. The Reds and Tigers lead MLB with the fewest players this season with 39...The Rays have averaged 6 pitchers per game over the last 8 games…The Rays are 14-16 in their last 30 games. Of course, that doesn’t really tell the tale as they started that stretch 4-13 and since then they’ve gone 10-3.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Ben Zobrist, SS
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. James Loney, 1B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. David DeJesus, CF
  6. Delmon Young, DH
  7. Matt Joyce, LF
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  10. David Price, SP

 

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3 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    Big mix of lefties and righties. The Joyce/Molina/Johnson lower third worries me as it has the potential to kill a rally or two. Fingers crossed that doesn't happen.

    Go Rays!

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  2. Dave L says:

    Interesting. The contrast of the number of lineups with the overall only one more player being used than the 2013 minimum so farhats speaks to our overall outstanding health.

    Considering the only player to be "lost for the year" was Niemann in the spring and much of the injury\missed games were due to rest. We have been fortunate. Some would credit luck but its part of the built in design of going with a core of sub 30 players as opposed to a geezer based yanks type system of overpaid 'proven' Vets who tend to break down more often.

    Rays master plan of brief respites questioned by many are paying off with white hot play in late Sept and a healthy bullpen with an arm for every occasion. Looks like the deepest pen in the history of MLB in many ways.

    Wow

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