The Rays bullpen has struggled over the start to the season, but it's really been a tale of to halves for the 'pen. Over at The Process Report, Jason Hanselman broke it down with some very nice graphs, and gave a prescription for how (and which) Rays relievers should be used going forward.
Fortunately for the Rays, some help should arrive soon.
Boxberger completes 8th in 22 pitches (15S), striking out one and allowing an excuse-me check swing 2B. Hit 93 on gun, 76 with off-speed.— Montgomery Biscuits (@BiscuitBaseball) May 26, 2016
Might be next week.
- Well, it wasn't enough yesterday (Mooney), but Logan Morrison is above the Mendoza line.
"Hit them where they weren't and then hit 'em where they can't field them," Morrison said.
- New MLB.com Rays beat writer Sam Blum has good quotes from Morrison about how he was supported by the team during his slump.
- Chris Archer is struggling, but Silverman isn't concerned. Thinks he'll get back on track.
"Chris is a student of the game and he's very focused on getting himself back on track. It's not like he's that far off, it's a few degrees of deviation for him to get back on track."
- Real interesting observation from Ryan Romano at Beyond the Box Score. Brad Miller has closed a hole in his swing and approach at the plate, and yet his strikeout rate has gone up. The reason might be some odd, and possibly fluky, performance with two strikes.
- Jeff Sullivan noticed that Alex Colome is good.
- From Eno Sarris, it's often an assumption and often a cliche, but veteran players actually may be better at breaking out of slumps.