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Tampa Bay Rays' Playoff Pitching Rotation Announced

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21:  James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the New York Yankees on September 21 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21: James Shields #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the New York Yankees on September 21 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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From Marc Topkin:

#Rays ALDS rotation: G1 Price G2 Shields G3 Garza G4 Davis G5 Price

For one thing, this shows that the Rays don't believe Shields's "hittability" issues are anything to be worried about. Like we've said on here many times, Shields has let up an unsustainable number of homeruns this season and he should improve. Obviously you can never predict when luck will decide to smile upon you, but here's hoping that it starts soon.

Actually, either that or they just don't want him pitching in Arlington. Considering how that ballpark turns popups into homeruns (according to Stat Corner, it increases homeruns by 18% for left-handed batters and 5% for righties), that's probably for the best.

Here's a brief saber breakdown for you:

FIP

xFIP

Price

3.42

3.99

Shields

4.24

3.72

Garza

4.42

4.51

Davis

4.79

4.81

If you're unclear what these statistics are, please click on the links provided.

Looks like the Rays are looking at numbers pretty similar to the ones we have, no?