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Rays vs. Blue Jays GDT 1: Goodbye, R.A. Dickey

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Today marks the 6th and final time the Rays will play Dickey this season.

Ron Antonelli

R.A. Dickey has faced the Rayse more than any other team this year, and I for one am glad this will be the last we see him:

I Split W L ERA GS IP HR BB SO SO/9 SO/BB
Baltimore Orioles 0 2 7.71 3 18.2 5 10 13 6.3 1.30
Boston Red Sox 0 2 8.53 2 12.2 4 3 16 11.4 5.33
New York Yankees 2 2 2.54 4 28.1 4 8 27 8.6 3.38
Seattle Mariners 1 1 5.27 2 13.2 4 4 10 6.6 2.50
Tampa Bay Rays 2 1 3.00 5 36.0 4 13 30 7.5 2.31
Chicago White Sox 1 1 5.73 2 11.0 2 2 7 5.7 3.50
Cleveland Indians 0 2 3.75 2 12.0 2 7 11 8.3 1.57
Minnesota Twins 1 1 6.08 2 13.1 2 3 7 4.7 2.33
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 0 0 6.75 1 5.1 1 2 2 3.4 1.00
Atlanta Braves 0 1 9.00 1 6.0 1 1 2 3.0 2.00
Detroit Tigers 1 0 2.57 1 7.0 1 1 4 5.1 4.00
Houston Astros 0 0 7.50 1 6.0 1 2 8 12.0 4.00
Oakland Athletics 0 0 2.08 2 13.0 1 3 9 6.2 3.00
San Francisco Giants 2 0 1.26 2 14.1 1 4 15 9.4 3.75
Kansas City Royals 2 0 1.88 2 14.1 0 4 10 6.3 2.50
Texas Rangers 1 0 1.59 1 5.2 0 3 3 4.8 1.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/27/2013.

ON THE FLIP SIDE:

This may be the farewell tour for Munenori Kawasaki too. The Blue Jays have a shortstop in Jose Reyes and a second baseman in the young Ryan Goins. This means Kawasaki is either going to get non-tendered or dangled as some hot trade bait. Not only does he play a mean second base, he can handle short and over the last week or so has been the Blue Jays' primary DH:

152. Thu,9/19 vs NYY W (6-2) Reyes-SS Kawasaki-DH Lawrie-3B Lind-1B Rasmus-CF Sierra-RF Goins-2B Arencibia-C Gose-LF
153. Fri,9/20 at BOS L (3-6)# Reyes-SS Davis-LF Lawrie-3B Rasmus-CF Sierra-DH DeRosa-1B Gose-RF Arencibia-C Goins-2B
154. Sat,9/21 at BOS W (4-2) Reyes-SS Kawasaki-DH Lawrie-3B Lind-1B Sierra-LF Davis-RF Gose-CF Arencibia-C Goins-2B
155. Sun,9/22 at BOS L (2-5)# Reyes-SS Davis-CF Lawrie-3B Lind-1B Sierra-LF DeRosa-DH Goins-2B Pillar-RF Thole-C
156. Mon,9/23 at CHW L (2-3)# Davis-RF Kawasaki-2B Lawrie-3B Sierra-DH DeRosa-1B Arencibia-C Pillar-LF Goins-SS Gose-CF
157. Tue,9/24 at BAL W (3-2) Reyes-SS Kawasaki-DH Lawrie-3B Lind-1B Sierra-RF Gose-CF Arencibia-C Goins-2B Pillar-LF
158. Wed,9/25 at BAL L (5-9) Reyes-SS Kawasaki-DH Lawrie-3B Lind-1B Davis-RF Gose-CF Thole-C Goins-2B Pillar-LF
159. Thu,9/26 at BAL L (2-3) Reyes-SS Kawasaki-DH Lawrie-3B Sierra-RF Gose-CF Arencibia-C Langerhans-1B Goins-2B Pillar-LF

All this to say:

  1. Munenori Kawasaki is almost definitely going to be signed by the Rays if released. Middle infield plus DH? That's a perfect fit!
  2. The Rays better win at least two games this series. THEY HAVE FREAKING MUNENORI KAWASAKI AT DESIGNATED HITTER!!!!!!

Poll

If he's available:

This poll is closed

  • 46%
    The Rays should absolutely sign Munenori Kawasaki.
    (23 votes)
  • 53%
    The Rays should absolutely sign Munenori Kawasaki.
    (26 votes)
49 votes total Vote Now