Wil Myers

Playing A Little Pepper

Wil Myers (remember him?) is nearing his return to the lineup. He will learn his rehab schedule on Friday and on Saturday he is scheduled to take batting practice for the first time since breaking a bone in his wrist. But what will be very interesting is how Joe Maddon then handles the outfield and second base. Brandon Guyer would seem like the player on the way out. But that will still leave Myers, Desmond Jennings, Matt Joyce, Kevin Kiermaier, and eventually David DeJesus for the 3 outfield spots and DH. In addition, Logan Forsythe has played better and Maddon will want to get him time at second base on a regular basis which means Ben Zobrist in right field occasionally.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

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

 

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10 Comments

  1. Gus says:

    With his clown act in the OF compared to the excellent defenders we can otherwise put out there, Myers becomes the full-time DH. Tweet it.

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    • Mr. Smith 1980 says:

      No way.
      I was of the same school of thought originally, but correspondence with Cork and time to contemplate have left me believing that they'll never relegate a major prospect like Myers to DH.
      When it comes to Myers specifically, they still have faith in his ability to play OF at the big league level. Remember it's a considerably recent position change for Wil who was a third baseman and pitcher in HS then a catcher in the Royals minor league organization.

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  2. Rob says:

    I agree that Guyer is probably the odd man out, but Forsythe brings you the least amount of flexibility - he really only plays 2B and is a little one-dimensional at the plate. Guyer can play any outfield position and he brings you speed off the bench - plus he can bunt and his speed can force defenses into making mistakes.

    Another thought - would the Rays make a late-season defensive shift and send Jennings to left and put Kiermaier in center so Myers can play right? Personally, I don't like that because I think Myers is a bit of a liability in the outfield.

    vs LHP
    Jennings (CF)
    Zobrist (2B)
    Longo (3B)
    Myers (DH)
    Loney (1B)
    Escobar (SS)
    Guyer (LF)
    Molina (C)
    Kiermaier (RF)

    Bench
    Hannigan
    DeJesus
    Joyce
    Rodriguez

    vs RHP
    Jennings (CF)
    Zobrist (2B)
    Longoria (3B)
    Myers (LF??)
    Joyce (DH)
    Loney (1B)
    Escobar (SS)
    Hannigan (C)
    Kiermaier (RF)

    Bench
    Guyer
    Rodriguez
    Molina
    DeJesus

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    • richard borham says:

      ...... i think the odd man out when will myers returns is cole figueora.....my guess is that david dejesus won't be activated until sept 1st when the rosters expand....i think guyer is safe for now....with kiermeir on the team, myers is slated for leftfield or DH.....jennings, kiermeir, zobrist, guyer AND joyce are all better outfield defenders than myers.

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      • Rob says:

        I totally forgot about Figueroa. You are definitely correct. I didn't realize DeJesus was that far away. September roster expansions will solve that logjam in the OF.

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        • David Spenn says:

          If (and when) the Rays make the playoffs again, there will be another log jam as far THAT roster is concerned :)

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      • Ken H says:

        Imagine the problem if in fact Price does get traded for Tavares or Pederson. Talk about a log jam.

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  3. Ken H says:

    If the Rays keep up the torrid winning pace they're currently on they'll find a way to creatively keep all in the fold and happy. Another factor will be which Myers version returns, last years' ROY or this years "can't hit an outside pitch." Same with DeJesus, kinda hard to justify sitting Joyce, KK or Guyer if Wil and David aren't ready to perform lights out.

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  4. David Spenn says:

    Since June 22nd-07/29

    (Games gained)

    Orioles - 2.5
    Blue Jays - 6.5
    Mariners - 7
    Yankees - 7
    Mariners - 7
    Royals - 8
    Indians - 7
    White Sox - 5.5
    Twins - 10.5
    Red Sox - 9.5
    White Sox - 5.5
    Astros - 12
    Rangers - 16

    ---------------------------------

    Keep this in mind, while Blue Jays and Orioles have been fairly hot themselves a Rays sweep, coupled with Baltimore losses puts the Rays six back in the L column and 5.5 back in the standings at the end of July 31st. Btw, the Blue Jays have not gained any games back in five weeks as the Rays have made-up seven games on Toronto; ditto for NYY....Rays are keeping pace and then some, which is all you can ask for as a fan.

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  5. Buddhaboy says:

    yup. I counted them out. I was wrong. i admit it. really cant believe the turn around.

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