Playing A Little Pepper

The Rays beat the Astros last night 6-1 to take game 1 of the series. It was the first back-to-back wins for the Rays since May 25th. Kevin Kiermaier continues to make a case for never being sent back to the minors. He had 2 more hits, including a triple. He now has 54 at bats and his .352 average is 70 points better than anybody else on the team and his 1.102 OPS is 318 points higher than anybody else…First-round pick Casey Gillaspie did not play in the season opener for Hudson Valley…Merrill Kelly struck out 6 and walked 2 in 6 scoreless innings for Durham last night. His ERA is now 2.07. The Bulls tied the game in the 9th with a Mike Fontenot single. They then took the lead for good in the top of the 10th on a Cole Figueroa double. Mikie Mahtook had a double and 2 walks.

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. Chris Archer, SP




  1. Pat says:

    Please let this be the beginning of the 'new' Rays, the ones we expected back in April . . .

    • God says:


    • Woodrow744 says:

      Don't think so, but this Kiermaier kid is what I was hoping for when we gave up Shields for Wil Myers. Myers needs to stop listening to people tell him how great he is and watch someone with passion play the game. If the Rays can dig up another guy like this, they will be fun to watch again.

      • monte says:

        You are right. It is always exciting to see a team play with enthusiasm and spirit, win or lose. I remember how much fun it became to watch the Rays in 2007 (66-96) when some younger, promising players filled the lineup and played with gusto.

        With a few more adjustments, what we got the next year was a 97-65 season, and those players were even more fun to watch.

        For some reason, we're seeing too many players have great and promising seasons, and then declining or stalling in their development. I don't know why.

  2. Dave L says:

    We are getting closer to the JoeMa goal of 50-50.

    Only need to go a smooth 24-7 starting today.


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