Drew Smyly

Playing A Little Pepper

So I declared the season over on Wednesday. In the two games since, Rays pitchers have allowed just 6 hits and 2 walks in 18 innings with 12 strikeouts and NO RUNS allowed. Maybe the reverse-jinx is in full effect. Unfortunately, the Rays are still 6.5 back in the Wild Card (7 in the loss column) and behind 5 teams…Are we all OK with Drew Smyly yet? When the trade was made, I speculated that the Rays were not only targeting a talented and proven young pitcher, but one who has a certain skillset that could thrive at Tropicana Field. In other words, Andrew Friedman may have seen a good pitcher that could be even better with the Rays. It is still early, but so far that appears to be the case…Down on the Farm [boxscores] Alex Colome struck out 7 and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) over 7 innings in the Bulls 5-2 win. Mikie Mahtook hit his 9th home run and stole his 18th base. Nick Franklin went 0-5 and Tim Beckham was 1-3 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. In double-A, Richie Shaffer homered for the second straight game and now has 16 on the season.  Second baseman Ryan Brett went 3-4 to raise his average to .305. David DeJesus went 1-2 and played left field for Single-A Charlotte. Ryan Hanigan also started the game, going 2-3. Willy Adames went 2-4 with a pair of RBI for low-A Bowling Green.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

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  1. STARMAND says:

    One thing I'm certain. Next year's starting rotation could be the Rays' best ever. And quite a few teams around the league.

    Fwiw, I'm feeling more comfortable and accepting of this year's role of spoilers. I'm actually enjoying the games more. It's like...cathartic.

  2. Dave L says:

    One of the most important aspects of the emergence of Smyly is not just who he is replacing, but what he is replacing in David Price as a left handed pitcher.

    The Rays have had a distinct advantage over many clubs in order to have two above average left handed arms with Moore and Price in recent years. That is especially important having to play 19 games a year against the likes of the Yankees who can trot out 7 LHB in a lineup even today. Their offense is built around that jet stream in right center in thier stadium.

    So for most of 2015 once we get MM back, being able to throw 2 quality lefties each series against lefty power teams again is a distinct advantage.

    In trading Lester, Bostons remaining rotation is entirely RH something they can easily remedy in the off season by writing a check which we could not.

    This trade is looking sweeter by the day and the timing appears to be perfect. I think thats what really limited the Rays actual trade possibilities was in getting a left handed pitcher with potential to be a middle rotation starter at the very least.

    Of course its a small sample size of Smyly but its encouraging.

  3. Brianknows best says:


    If Matt Moore is back to form next seAson. How does this play out? Do the rays go looking for a trade this off season?Or are one of these starters on the block like price was during the season. If you had a guess how this plays out, let hear it. You usually have a good opinion of on front management mindset

  4. CC says:

    Drew Smyly = Cliff Lee


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