Playing A Little Pepper

With Alex Colome sent back to the minors after his appearance yesterday, the Rays have called up catcher Ali Solis. The Rays made room on the 40-man roster by moving Matt Moore to the 60-day DL. Solis is insurance behind the plate with Ryan Hanigan still nursing a sore hamstring…Interesting lineup for the Rays against the Blue Jays and a look at their history versus Mark Buehrle shows why. Yunel Escobar (leading off) is 5-14 (.357) versus Buehrle.  Evan Longoria (batting second) is 8-19 (.421) with a home run. And Desmond Jennings (clean-up) is 6-12 (.500).

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Evan Longoria, 3B
  3. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  4. Flash Jennings, CF
  5. Sean Rodriguez, LF
  6. Wil Myers, RF
  7. James Loney, 1B
  8. Jose Molina, C
  9. Matt Joyce, DH
  10. Alex Cobb, SP

 

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  1. Gus says:

    An 0-3 for tonight puts Molina squarely on the "Molina Line" -- a .100 batting average in 70 at bats (7 for 70).

    He won't reach the 502 plate appearances to qualify for a batting title, but if he did Molina would shatter and obliterate the record of .171 held by Rob Deer. If he gets to 100 at bats, no team in modern times will have given this many at bats to a guy with this much futility. Like playing National League rules against AL teams.

    The Rays would be better off DH'ing Molina and letting the pitchers bat. But I looked at the rule and it applies only to the pitcher; so even if we let Molina start the game as pitcher, the DH burns once he switches to catcher.

    So welcome Solas. May your promotion keep us from seeing our beloved Molina going below the Molina Line.

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