Seriously. Bleep all this.
Fun Fact: Jose Molina, starting tonight with Price on the mound, has a -13 wRC+. How does that look? In 46 PA this season, he has 6 singles. Just six singles.
I'm not saying he's the reason the Rays are choking on salty froth beneath the .500 tides, but I am saying that's terrible. Also: There's no way he is suddenly that bad in a true talent level sense.
Moreover, leading off tonight, Wil Myers has a 103 wRC+. In 2011, he had a 103 wRC+. That was his first full season of Double-A. He hit 8 homers that year. Right now, he's on pace to hit 16 homers over 650 PA. And while we're doing that kind of math:
Present home run rate extrapolated to 650 PA
Ryan Hanigan: 19 HR*
David DeJesus: 18 HR*
Desmond Jennings: 17 HR
Evan Longoria: 16 HR
Matt Joyce: 15 HR*
Ben Zobrist: 11 HR
* these guys have no chance whatsoever in getting to 650 PA
In short, no one is on pace to break 20 HR. Well, except of course Sean Rodriguez, he would hit 46 HR given his current rate, but
he'll be lucky to get the Rays will have had a lot of unlucky injuries for him to get 600 PA, and there's no way he sustains this current 152 wRC+ if he faces more righties (he's sporting only a 90 wRC+ against righties even this year, and his in the 60s for his career).
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Wil Myers - RF||James Jones - CF|
|David DeJesus - DH||Stefen Romero - RF|
|Evan Longoria - 3B||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Ben Zobrist - 2B||Corey Hart - DH|
|James Loney - 1B||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|D. Jennings - CF||Kyle Seager - 3B|
|Matt Joyce - LF||Dustin Ackley - LF|
|Yunel Escobar - SS||Mike Zunino - C|
|Jose Molina - C||Brad Miller - SS|
|David Price - LHP||Hisashi Iwakuma - RHP|