Playing A Little Pepper

Last night’s “overboogie” performance notwithstanding, Kevin Kiermaier has proven to be very good defensively. How good? He has already saved 9 runs defensively, tied for the 15th-most in baseball this season. Not bad considering he has played in less than half of the Rays’ games so far…We also now have confirmation of what some have speculated was the reason for outfielders playing Rock-Paper-Scissors after wins. Desmond Jennings did a Q&A on the Rays’ Twitter account and explained that it determines the order of the three players for the high-five line.

Game Graph

[Will be up at game time]

Source: FanGraphs


  1. Flash Jennings, CF
  2. Ben Zobrist, SS
  3. Brandon Guyer, LF
  4. Evan Longoria, 3B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Logan Forsythe, 2B
  7. Sean Rodriguez, DH
  8. Ryan Hanigan, C
  9. Kevin Kiermaier, RF
  10. Jeremy Hellickson, SP




  1. Lane Meyer says:

    Last night's dive didn't help. He needs to stop turning singles into doubles and triples. He needs to understand he can't get to every ball and you hurt the team when you forget that.

    • Dave L says:

      Yeah fielding wise he's kind of like a larger, faster better version of Fuld in that-

      1) Gives 200% on every play with no regard for his physical well being

      2) Big arm a product positioning and of putting his entire body into every throw

      3) Makes spectacular plays but can take risks which can sometimes backfire.

      Its not a knock. Note I used the word 'better'. Also note this was defense only.

      A guy like Jennings makes the spectacular catch yet its coolly calculated such as the ball rarely gets by him and is much more cognizant of protecting his body.


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