Tampa Bay Rays Starting Lineup 7/9/20 Rays Lineup

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Good pitching always has a way of turning an average team into an overachiever. That's how the Tampa Bay Rays' lineup produced in 2019. When you keep other fellows from crossing the plate very often, you automatically improve your chances in the game of baseball. Historically, Tampa Bay has done exactly that; limit runs scored against them. Now, to achieve the success they had around a decade previously, they still need to plate a few runs to win more games.

As evidence, the Rays have a high-point .288 batting average in their projected batting order. They added some power after their cleanup hitter, but they still have four hitters that strike out at the league average or above. Two young pitchers slotted into their top-five rotation and the return to form of a former Cy Young winner are keys for how much pressure the Rays can put on the Yankees. No one will be surprised if this team continues to surprise projectionists.

Rays Starting Lineup

B. Snell , (L), SP
1. J. Choi , (L), 1B
2. B. Lowe , (L), 2B
3. Y. Diaz , (R), 3B
4. M. Zunino , (R), C
5. K. Kiermaier , (L), CF
6. H. Renfroe , (R), LF
7. A. Meadows , (L), RF
8. W. Adames , (R), SS
9. J. Martinez , (R), DH
Pos Pitcher
SP Blake Snell B. Snell (L)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP Blake Snell B. Snell (L)
96
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Ji-Man Choi J. Choi (L)
84
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Brandon Lowe B. Lowe (L)
86
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Yandy Diaz Y. Diaz (R)
90
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Mike Zunino M. Zunino (R)
70
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF Kevin Kiermaier K. Kiermaier (L)
74
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Hunter Renfroe H. Renfroe (R)
83
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Austin Meadows A. Meadows (L)
90
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Willy Adames W. Adames (R)
68
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
DH Jose Martinez J. Martinez (R)
86
9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Analysis

Tampa Bay was a surprise team last year, fighting in the Wild Card until the final week of the season. Blake Snell was the American League Cy Young winner, winning 21 games with a sub two ERA. He wasn’t the only reason why they won, and their rotation got a bit better with the addition of Charlie Morton. They have some very interesting young names with upside, and if they can take another step, this rotation might be in the runnings for the next few seasons as a top ten rotation. Snell and Morton is a very good one-two punch out of the gates. Morton blossomed in Houston where his strikeouts and velocity went up. Heading to Tampa is a good move for him where he should be able to keep this type of success. Morton had a 3.13 ERA and a whopping 201 strikeouts in 167 innings. Morton is moving to a better division where he faces Boston and New York compared to Oakland and Los Angeles. A tick up in the ERA wouldn’t be a surprise, but he should sit in the threes come the end of the season. Snell projections are interesting because of what he posted last year. Sure some regression will happen, but Snell has emerged as a true ace.

The bullpen games worked well for Tampa Bay last season, using spot starters and all kinds of junk to win games. It worked, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them go with it again this season. Names like Ryan Yarbrough and Yonny Chirinos would start games and pitch a few innings before turning it over. They are in the projected rotation again this season, with the only other true starter being Tyler Glasnow and Jacob Faria. They could go a more traditional approach with those two. Glasnow came over in the Pittsburgh trade, and the stuff is there, but his ability to control his pitches has been a major issue. He is still a young arm to keep an eye on, as is Faria. Tampa Bay continues to be a place where pitchers succeed, especially younger ones. There are plenty of options for the Rays to go with this season.