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Daily Process: Rays Sweep O’s Despite Davis’ Control Issues

Wade Davis struggled with his control throughout and that manifested itself in five walks, although his fastball strike percentage (57 percent) was bolstered by an impressive percentage of swinging strikes (over 12 percent)—a rarity for Davis this season. Davis also had issues locating his curve for strikes or getting anyone to fish for it, as only four of the nine resulted in strikes. It took 100 pitches on the nose, but Davis still found a way to get through five innings of work, not before allowing a home run to Derrek Lee, which is surprisingly only the second home run allowed by Davis this season in 44 innings pitched.

Joe Maddon navigated the Rays through the final four innings by having Rob Delaney, Joel Peralta, and Kyle Farnsworth finish the game out—with Peralta and Farnsworth combining for three innings pitched and three baserunners allowed. Credit is due to the pitchers for performing and Maddon for giving him the chance by eschewing the traditional inning roles.

As for Delaney, he looked about as advertised. His fastball topped out around 92 miles per hour and he threw from an angle that makes it tough on righties. The interesting, and perhaps encouraging, aspect is that he also tossed a pair of changeups. If Delaney’s changeup has progressed enough to be useable against major league lefties, then that’s a huge boost to his potential to become more than a ROOGY long-term.

The offense plated five runs and beat up Brad Bergesen as they should. It was a questionable call for Buck Showalter to intentionally walk Evan Longoria in the first with two outs and a runner on third, as Matt Joyce is just a horrible matchup for Bergesen. The Orioles were not burned, though, as Joyce lined out to first. No worries, Joyce would touch up Bergesen for a pair of doubles as the game progressed.

One Comment

  1. upnm42 wrote:

    Moving Delaney up gives the Rays an added arm that will be useful on Tuesday.Joe made a good choice to bring Delaney up rather than Cobb or Torres.The bullpen will take care of Tuesday.Wednesday & Thursday may result in only 3-6 IP total for the pen.

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