Today, Jake Odorizzi gets the start, and he brings with him his 25.2% K-rate and 8.1% BB-rate from the minors. That's a solid, if not great, mix of Ks and control. Speaking of guys from Royals trade who haven't done much in the majors for a bit of time, Wil Myers hasn't collected an extra-base hit since the 15th. He's hitting 32 wRC+ over the last 14 days and 79 wRC+ over the last 30 days.
All this to say: Myers is due. Remember when he started the season in Triple-A cold, and then starting hitting homers that ricocheted off neighboring planets? I'm ready for Phase 2 of the slump cycle, is all I'm saying.
Yunel Escobar, meanwhile, leads the position players in WAR over the last 30 days. Did you know?: Yuni's 3.7 WAR ranks just behind Ben Zobrist's 3.8 WAR for second among the position players. (Evan Longoria is obviously first with 1,958,223.4 WAR.) Remember when Derek Dietrich netted the Rays a 4.0 WAR shortstop? Escobar, in my opinion, is already the player Dietrich could be in his best-case scenario.
#Rays lineup: Jennings CF, Zobrist 2B, Longoria 3B, Myers RF, S-Rod 1B, Escobar SS, Johnson DH, Lobaton C, Fuld LF, Odorizzi RHP— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) August 29, 2013
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