David DeJesusPlaying A Little Pepper

David DeJesus is not in tonight’s lineup. However, that may have to do more with the Royals starting a lefty and Joe Maddon wanting to get Sean Rodriguez in the lineup…The Rays are 3-13 all-time in Road openers and 2-6 under Joe Maddon. However, over the last 4 years, the Rays own the best road record in MLB (176-149) and they lead all teams with 4.84 runs per game on the road. During that same stretch, the Rays are just 22nd in runs scored at home (4.11 runs per game).

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Wil Myers, RF
  3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. Logan Forsythe, DH
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Yunel Escobar, SS
  10. Chis Archer, SP

 

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2 Comments

  1. Dave L says:

    The Dejesus/Joyce vs RHP, Rodriguez/Logan in the other 1/3 of games platoon is working so far so lets go with it. The numbers support it and everybody stays active and healthy.

    Joyce was given a key AB vs a reverse lefty and had a nice at bat but ultimately didn't deliver.

    The weak link is Forsythe IMO I just don't see the bat speed for a chunky guy to produce. I hope I am wrong. The other kid RH Sands is making a case if Logan doesnt produce and has a versatile glove as well.

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    • Rob says:

      I agree Logan seems to be the weak link so far. I would rather they have a lefty on the bench instead.

      Interesting about the runs per game on the road. I knew the Trop was pitcher friendly, but it would be interesting to see how well the Rays score runs at home vs on the road and how well the pitchers perform on the road versus home.

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