Rays Arms Ready For Stretch Run | The Process Report

Rays Arms Ready For Stretch Run

The first part of August provided the Rays with an unusual amount of rest as the team had three off-days in the first 12 calendar days of the month. The pitching staff will need that rest as the season moves toward the finish line because the Rays have just two off-days the rest of the season

Heading into play on Friday night, Rays pitchers had thrown 17,210 pitches on the season in 1,064 innings. The pitch total is the fifth-lowest in all of baseball and the second-lowest in the American League behind Oakland. The innings total is the third-lowest in baseball and behind only the Houston Astros in the American League.  That should help the team down the stretch as it plays nearly every day during the rest of the season and does not have that much help on the way once rosters expand.

Jesse Crain continues to make his way back from his injury, but it is looking more and more like that he will not be back until rosters expand.  Additionally, Wesley Wright – the newest Ray –  gives the team six relievers who do not have any options along with the emerging Alex Torres. The delay in Matt Moore’s return gives the bullpen more time to live in its current form but once Moore does return, the team can go a variety of ways.

Unlike previous seasons, there are no September surprises to pull up from Durham. The only real options to add to the staff outside of Crain are familiar. Both Jake Odorizzi and Josh Lueke have already seen time with the Rays this season. There is also Brandon Gomes, who is currently in the 60-day disabled list.

The heavy schedule over the remaining weeks should not be a huge concern for the team and its fans because the staff has not been overworked this season compared to its competition. The Rays can potentially add three well-rested pitchers in the span of a month with Alex Cobb, Moore, and Crain. That should help with the heavy schedule in the final month of the season.

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