The Rays will play their fourth game in four different cities in the span of six days this afternoon. But don’t worry, Joe Maddon is not tired…

On a side-note, we will know the the roster for the ALDS shortly, and it seems like Joe Maddon will almost certainly start David Price in game two. But how does the rest of the rotation fall into place? And if the Rays WIN game one, can you make a case for pushing Price’s next start back to Monday’s game three? Price would be on normal rest in game two and he pitches well in Fenway. Or, do you consider that Price threw a lot of pitches in his last start, let him start Monday’s game at home, and even though Alex Cobb would be on normal rest Monday? or Chris Archer who hasn’t started a game since last Saturday?

My gut says you start Price on Saturday, with Cobb on Monday and Archer on Tuesday, with Archer and Jeremy Hellickson available in the bullpen (leave Roberto Hernandez off the roster). If Archer is needed before Tuesday, then let Hellickson start the fourth game. But I also wouldn’t be opposed to Archer starting Saturday and pushing Price and Cobb to Monday and Tuesday.

Of course, this all changes if the Rays lose today. If that happens, Price in game two is a no-brainer.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Since 2004, the Braves have sold out 3 of 9 home playoff games after last night’s game. During that same period, the Rays have sold out 11 of 13.
  • Here is audio from yesterday’s press conferences with Joe Maddon and Matt Moore. [RaysRadio]
  • This is a must-read story for Rays fans on a day in the life of Joe Maddon. [ESPN]
  • Joe Henderson has a column for the bandwagon Rays fans. [TBO.com]
  • Here is a preview of the ALDS through the eyes of a Boston publication. [NESN]
  • October is now officially the “Month of the Rays.” Aww, geez, thanks, Bill. [WTSP]
  • Evan Drellich tries to explain why Matt Moore’s shutout at Fenway Park in July doesn’t matter now. [MassLive.com]
  • Tom Verducci compares the Rays’ “system” to Bill Walsh’s west coast offense. [SI.com]
  • Dodgers fans are having a hard time letting go of the pain inflicted by James Loney. [SportsOnEarth]
  • Chuck Powell wants to know if the Diamondbacks can convince Joe Maddon to come manager their team. [ArizonaSports]
  • The mascot that was fired by both the Rays and the Lightning is now writing a columns for Sports Illustrated. [SI.com]

 

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  1. DRR says:

    I know that Joe Maddon isn't tired, but I am not sure that he is the best option to start game two...

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  2. cougar says:

    How is Cobb on normal rest Saturday? Since he started Wednesday, wouldn't his normal rest put him to Monday? And since Price started Monday, wouldn't his normal rest put him in line to start Saturday?

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  3. Ted Sheckler says:

    Cobb started Wednesday night. Saturday wouldn't be normal rest.

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  4. Michael says:

    Any clue when they'll decide what time the home games on Monday and Tuesday (if needed) will start? I suppose they want to wait until Sunday to see if either of the NL series need game 4s on Monday to let us know. How do they expect folks to buy tickets in advance and make plans to go when they won't even tell us if it's an evening game or an afternoon game on a weekday? That kind of makes a big difference to a lot of people.

    My prediction: they wait until Sunday evening to tell us Game 3 is a 1:05pm start and then rip the fans for not filling the Trop for a home playoff game.

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  5. Alex says:

    Monday will probably be another 3 or 4 start. They always do that to the Rays

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  6. Alex says:

    Price starts Saturday. If there is a game 5 he is pitching in it. Great rain in the forecast for Boston. SHOCKING

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