Game #109 Lineups and Outlook
Did you watch? Did you see why I’m calling him Blake “Must See” Snell? Good luck describing the stuff to a bystander. They’d never believe it. Brian Dozier tagged him for a triple on a high fastball that he got a ton of, but other than that he was doing pretty much whatever he wanted. You could turn it off after he came out, because the rest is old hat as Erasmo got taken yard and the offense fell to it’s knees. Outside of that Brad Miller feller the offense has been pretty quiet of late. Kiermaier and Forsythe are chipping in, and Dickerson was hitting until he wasn’t. It’s still wasn’t time for Big Swingin, and who knows how long that’ll go.
Jose Berrios is down the scope today for the Rays, and it looks like they should enjoy a nice day at the dish. Longoria, Forsythe and Dickerson all look like good candidates for nice days. Several other players should have nice matchups with only Bobby Wilson looking like a black hole. Going the other way Chris Archer looks to have the edge nearly across the board. I think he’ll need to be careful with one, three and four, because those guys can really hurt you, especially of late. Get out of that turn and then put the hammer down through the rest of the lineup.
The Rays have sent Desmond Jennings back to his summer home, the disabled list, retroactive to August 3rd. There are roles on this team for next year that are just waiting to be seized, and once again Jennings has left the door wide open to his competitors. I was the only person saying that Jennings should have been non-tendered coming into the year, because you’re just going to end up paying four million dollars for a guy that’s going to get hurt and probably not hit for long stretches.
With the sun setting on his day it’s coming up for another. Whether that is Mikie Mahtook, Taylor Motter or Richie Shaffer the Rays are going to need someone to give them 200 plate appearances against lefties from a corner outfield spot. Hell, I’d love to see Tim Beckham out there getting a chance to show off defensively while mashing lefties. Games like yesterday showed the good and the bad of his play. He hit the cover off the ball multiple times, but then biffed a relatively easy play at short. I think his future is in the outfield giving the team exactly what Brandon Guyer did for many years. I doubt we see him even get a chance until this first wave of guys either sink or swim. I’d love to see Mikie seize that spot, but he’s going to have to continue to build on the progress he was making at the plate prior to the broken hand:
I don’t think the stick he showed last year is for real, but I think he can be an above-average hitter that you wouldn’t really want in center. If that’s not Guyer then I’m not sure what is.