Every bullpen has the LOOGY to bring in and get the opposition’s lefty slugger in a key moment. The Rays do not have to use Xavier Cedeno in that manner because they have several righty relievers that are effective against lefties due to their respective changeups. What the pen lacked last year was the ROOGY […]
Kevin Cash stated early in the 2016 camp he wanted to “challenge some of our pitchers to extend themselves a bit from the pen…some guys that can give us 4+ outs.” In 2015, Cash utilized 17 different relief pitchers (excluding appearances by position players) and utilized four pitchers – Steve Geltz, Brad Boxberger, Brandon Gomes, […]
Bullpens are always tricky to evaluate because there are so many moving parts, and the inherent sample sizes usually make a poor or great performance skew the numbers more than we would like. However, the toughest nuts usually have the juiciest fruit so this endeavour is worth embarking upon with the hopes that we can […]
Tl;dr version: There was no reason to pitch to Valencia with a base open, yet Kevin Cash decided to do so. Doubling down on the bad decision, he went with a guy serving up homers on the reg of late against a guy who has crushed the ball all series. If you care to read […]
It is not unusual for the Rays to make a deal out of the blue because they rarely make the deals that are bantered about on social media. That said, it is very unusual for them to make a deal this early in the offseason, let alone one involving a starting pitcher with years of team […]
Last night, Kevin Cash made the decision to pull Nate Karns from a game after he hung a curveball to Jose Abreu that permitted the large slugger to tie the game. Karns had sliced and diced his way through the Chicago lineup through the first 77 pitches before allowing a single to Tyler Saladino on a […]
Kevin Cash has shown a propensity for pulling his starting pitcher quicker than the fan base and the media would care for him to do. There is a method to his perceived madness, but there is no overlooking the fact that the relievers are in games quite a bit this season. The looming question is whether […]
A few days ago, Kevin Cash pulled Nathan Karns after 66 pitches because the skipper was hesitant to let his young pitcher go through the lineup for a third time. The decision did not work out well for him. Last night must have initially felt like Groundhog Day, but the outcome was different. What changed?
The Rays added another body to camp, signing veteran reliever Jim Miller to a minor league deal. The 32-year-old, right-hander has 50 career MLB appearances; the bulk of them coming in 2012. He spent the last two seasons in the Yankees’ organization, mostly at triple-A.