Game #80 Lineups and Outlook
Fans were lucky enough to see the Rays use their first positional player as a pitcher last night, and frankly I’m surprised it took this long. Taylor Motter got sent down after his appearance most likely because the team is going to convert him into a bullpen arm since he actually got some guys out. Enough of the past let’s roll with the new. Today’s tilt will feature Justin Verlander, who is no longer the Cy Young/MVP threat he used to be, but can still put it together for 30 batters from time to time. The Rays will have Blake Snell going and hoping that he can learn a thing or two from the grizzled vet.
The system remembers a lot of what Verlander used to be, and while it attempts to more heavily weight recent performance, it’s difficult to offset just how very good he was. All this to say that the system probably overrates him a touch today, but know that his former glory still shines from time to time. Snell is on the opposite end of the spectrum as he is mostly regression at this point, though he hasn’t done a whole lot yet to help bring those numbers down. I like the Tigers today from both a who’s gonna win and a betting perspective.
The Tigers will feature the most over-qualified pinch hitter in the history of the game as Miggy Cabrera will be getting the day off. They also have the lefty Moya and the utility fielder Romine. With the shorter bench comes an extra arm. The Rays failpen will chug on with no new names.