Playing A Little Pepper

Last night, Jeremy Hellickson made his second of three rehab starts, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk in just 2.1 innings for the Durham Bulls…Brandon Guyer is expected to start his rehab assignment tomorrow with Durham, as a DH tomorrow and in the outfield on Sunday…Kevin Kiermaier’s amazing catch on Wednesday was named the top play on SportsCenter and top Web Gem on Baseball Tonight.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  3. Evan Longoria, 3B
  4. James Loney, 1B
  5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
  6. David DeJesus, DH
  7. Matt Joyce, LF
  8. Yunel Escobar, SS
  9. Ryan Hanigan, C
  10. Alex Cobb, SP




  1. monte says:

    It seems like Jeremy Hellickson dropped out of the pitching rotation several years ago, but his number of starts has been fairly consistent:

    2011 29 games and a record of 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA
    2012 31 games and a record of 10-11 with a 3.10 ERA
    2013 32 games and a record of 12-10 with a 5.17 ERA

    No pitcher with a 5.17 ERA should win 12 games, so 26 year old Jeremy got a lot of help at the plate.

    I recall our worry as the season moved along that what we were watching was the second coming of Andy Sonnanstine. Jeremy's first full season was Andy's last season. Sonnanstine's life-time major league ERA of 5.26 is only slightly worse than Hellickson's last season.

    His effort for Durham last night is not encouraging for his return to pitch for the Rays. Let's hope he regains his 2011 form and makes a pitcher like David Price even more expendable, whether or not he is traded.

  2. Pat says:

    I have always wondered about Hellickson's durability. Never had much of a confidence factor when he was slated to pitch. From the outside looking in, it never seemed as though he had any fever. His emotions always seemed flat and his intevews were no better. I even wondered if he really got along very well with teammates; he always seems so distant and disinerested. This report of his 'comback' is not encouraging and does nothing to make me at all optimistic about his return.


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