Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays won the season series against the Indians 4-2 and have won their last 8 games against teams with a winning record…The Indians won their last 10 games of the regular season, playing three of the worst teams in baseball, the Twins, the Astros, and the White Sox. The Rays went 9-2 in their last 11 regular season games…The Rays have never faced tonight’s starting pitcher, Danny Salazar. In fact, the rookie has just one career start against the AL East, a 6-inning, 1-run performance against the Blue Jays. Salazar also has just 4 starts against teams with a winning record. In those starts, the Indians are just 1-3…Alex Cobb made one start against the Indians this season, tossing 7.1 shutout innings with 6 Ks, 3 walks, and 4 hits allowed.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Rays Lineup…

  1. David DeJesus, LF
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. James Loney, 1B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. Flash Jennings, CF
  7. Delmon Young, DH
  8. Yunel Escobar, SS
  9. Jose Molina, C
  10. Alex Cobb, SP

Cleveland Lineup…

  1. Michael Bourn, CF
  2. Nick Swisher, 1B
  3. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  4. Carlos Santana, DH
  5. Michael Brantley, LF
  6. Ryan Raburn, RF
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  8. Yan Gomes, C
  9. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  10. Danny Salazar, SP


  1. Dave L says:

    We can all agree Cobb is the best man to have in this situation for us. Price did his job and now its our second "Ace" turn.

    As for the young unknown Salazar. While its true the Rays often get schooled by greenhorns its usually guys who throw garbage, off-speed stuff with alot of movement.

    This kid is a power pitcher. Not the kind that baffles us. He will most likely be looking to get a first pitch fastball over the plate. The Rays should be looking for it and swinging early.

    It will depend on his command of it I guess.

    I almost half expected fastball hunter SRod to be in the starting lineup (easy-- I wasnt advocating it) but Maddon is going with the 7 best bats regardless of L or R (plus JoMo)

    One lefty against a righty arm? Maddon rarely does that. Well in a miniscule sample size of 200 ML AB's against, Lefties post a .586 OPS while Righties are .730 so thats why I guess.

    I like our chances tonite. JUMP all over this kid early. Swarm him!

    GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dave L says:

    The pressure on Longo to keep it up in the postseason is unfathomable.

    One game.


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