Rays Replacing James Shields’ Quantity, If Not Quality, Thus Far | The Process Report

Rays Replacing James Shields’ Quantity, If Not Quality, Thus Far

At some point during the course of the offseason, the focus shifted from replacing the quality of James Shields’ innings to replacing the quantity. While both aspects helped make Shields into what he was, the latter became the go-to-topic. Through the first 15 games of the season Shields’ absence hasn’t made a difference. At least not in the rotation’s workload.

Last season the Rays’ rotation tallied 93 innings during its first three times through. In 2013 the rotation has compiled 92 innings. Although Shields had three eight-plus inning outings last April, the Rays were dealing with inconsistency in their rotation as seven of the 15 starts lasted fewer than six innings. This season the top-end quality hasn’t been there—as no pitcher has completed eight innings yet—however the quantity is as every start has lasted at least five innings.

Keeping pace should be easier over the next 15 games; last year’s bunch tallied 89 1/3 innings from games 16-30.



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