Playing A Little Pepper

Wil Myers has not been activated as hoped and is in the lineup tonight for the Durham Bulls. What makes this decision curious is that Myers is 2-3 with a home run against tonight’s starter, Max Scherzer. That is an extremely small sample, but it does suggest that Myers is at least capable of hitting well against the defending Cy Young winner and at this point, health is no longer an issue for Myers and the Rays need some pop in the lineup. The only reason would seem to be that the Rays want Myers to play some more games in left field before coming back. But it would seem that his offense is more important right now than the possibility of misplaying one fly ball per week…Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson will broadcast from the porch (center field, next to the Rays touch tank) on Wednesday…The Rays don’t have an off-day again until September 8.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs

Lineup…

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

 

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7 Comments

  1. edward williams says:

    Does anybody know why vince belnome keeps playing , instead of srod or brandon guyer.

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  2. Gus says:

    The team could use Myers' energy in the lineup (2013 version of course).

    Rays just need to look for fastball on 0-2 against Price. Guaranteed to be in the zone. He'll have no fear of the Rays hitters (justifiably so).

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  3. Tyler says:

    This is absolutely maddening. Grant "Ball-four" can't throw strikes. Molina strikes out looking. Plenty of opportunities to win this one. These are the ones we can't afford to lose- yet we keep on losing them. I am the eternal optimist, but even I have to admit this season is over. Damn shame. We seemingly had all the pieces for a good run this year.

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  4. Ken H says:

    If the Rays can trade Balfour for any warm body this winter, and let Peralta walk that would be 10 million off next year's books. I wouldn't miss either one.

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    • monte says:

      I agree. Balfour has had great stuff in the past, but his effectiveness seems to be in the past. Same with Peralta. He's been a good set-up man, but he can no longer hold consistently. A fear it may be age for both of them. Sorry, guys, but you're not Mariano Rivera. Go Rays in 2015. This year may now be beyond hope, but it is not beyond possibility.

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    • Joe Dunn says:

      I agree--at this point isnt it better to pay Balfour to sit and watch McGee do the closing rather than pay him to LOSE games?

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