4-23-2014 10-36-40 PM

Just another day at the office for Todd Kalas

Twins 6, RAYS 4 (boxscore)

THE GOOD: The Bullpen. The relievers held the Twins scoreless for nearly 8 innings until giving up the lead in the 12th inning. The loss wasn’t their fault…Desmond Jennings. Flash Jennings reached first on an infield single in the first inning, stole second, and then went to third on the bad throw. He then scored on a ground ball out by Matt Joyce. It is that sort of speed-run that we used to see a lot with Carl Crawford and we thought we would see a lot with Jennings. Unfortunately they come too infrequently with Jennings.

THE BAD: The Bullpen. Luckily David Price pitched a complete game the night before. But 6 relievers combining to throw 8.2 innings is a bad sign heading into today’s afternoon game…Jake Odorizzi. There is no doubt that Odorizzi has the stuff to be a very good pitcher. But right now he is struggling to adjust as the game goes along. So far this season, batters are just 4-33 the first time they face Odorizzi and 19-43 after that. Last night, batters were 3-5 with a home run, 2 walks, and a sac fly the second time they got a look at Odorizzi…Josh Lueke. He’s a 4-A pitcher and brings too much baggage. The Rays can do better with the final spot in the bullpen.

THE TELLING: The Rays are now 31-31 all-time in games that go at least 12 innings and 19-14 under Joe Maddon…The Rays have doubled in all 21 games this season…Ben Zobrist started in left field and Logan Forsythe was at second base, something we will likely see more often considering Forsythe has not been good in the outfield.

THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA

  • Michel Pineda was caught using pine tar against the Red Sox, just 2 weeks after being accused of using pine tar against the Red Sox. If you haven’t seen it yet, the ejection was funny and Pineda’s attempt to “hide” the pine tar failed epically. [BI Sports]
  • Erik Bedard‘s spot in the rotation is safe for now. Joe Maddon: “No, he’s not pitching for his job right now.” [TampaBay.com]
  • Joe Maddon would like to see Yunel Escobar credited with a walk from the at bat the umpires screwed up on Tuesday night.
  • DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores] After 2 straight good starts, Nate Karns was pounded, giving up 8 runs (7 earned) in just 2 innings for Durham. Kevin Kiermaier went 3-4 and is hitting .303…Grayson Garvin faced just 3 batters, hitting 2, before being pulled. It is unclear if he is injured, but the Biscuits trainer visited him on the mound before being pulled. Catcher Curt Casali was 3-3 with 2 doubles and a home run.

Evan Longoria has a lightning bolt shaved into his head as a tribute to the Lightning’s playoff run which is already over.

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7 Comments

  1. Mike says:

    “He’s a 4-A pitcher and brings too much baggage. The Rays can do better with the final spot in the bullpen.”

    No doubt. Would much rather have Rief, Beliveau, Karns or even Andriese, taking up that last spot in the pen. Or hell, just pick up some other guy off of waivers. Lueke is just not worth it. Trade him for a minor league innings eater and move on.

  2. Case says:

    Forsythe has definitely been a bust and the guy doesn’t look like hes happy at all. At least DeJesus looked enthused to be there during his slump…Forsythe doesn’t seem to fit. I think Joe has some decisions to make next month as guys get more innings and abs, but my money is on Forsythe, Guyer, and Lueke packing their bags. Sands and Boxberger back up. Maybe some movement in the rotation too depending on injuries and how Ramos and Bedard shake out. Moneys on Andriese or Merrill Kelly making the jump, not Karns.

  3. Tim says:

    I really don’t see how they can justify keeping up lueke and continuing to demote much better relievers. While the options are important, when are they going to realize that lueke is costing the team wins? Would boxberger or beliveau have been any better in the 12th? I don’t know, maybe. But Lueke hasn’t shown any real reason to why the team should keep him besides being a mop up man. And with this team’s situation with short starters like bedard and ramos, they need all the bullpen they can get. Lueke needs to go anywhere but the big league club. I really doubt any other team would claim him, with his history and pitching performance. He’d easily wind up in Durham.

  4. Joe Dunn says:

    agree

  5. Rob says:

    Wonder if San Diego would give us Torres back for Forsythe – that would solve both problems ;)

  6. ken says:

    The loss of 4 starting pitchers (if you include Colome) during pre-season and the first month of the regular season have left the Rays hamstrung. It’s pretty sad when the only bullpen arm that can successfully complete 2 scoreless innings is your closer. Using Ramos as a starter leaves no one capable of multiple mid relief innings. Their dilemma is worsened by the fact that Bedard, Bell and Lueke can’t be optioned. All have to pass through waivers. So bringing up capable replacement arms runs the risk of them being not ready for prime time and losing arms simultaneously. Make no mistake about it, the other AL East teams would claim any the three just to mess with us. What’s 50K to them? We were out-rostered the last two days and will be every time our starter isn’t named Price or Archer. Chi-Sox, Red Sux, and Yanks await…ouch.

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