Rays 9/14/14 Lineup:
Don’t forget to check out our series preview. If you already have, make it a two’fer.
Derek Jeter enters the Trop in the throes of an 0-24 streak at the plate — the second longest 0’fer streak of his career. Watching him strikeout this week will be that much more satisfying!
Part of the discussion I’ve had of late, be it via this medium or others, is that while the Rays as a team may show up to the ballpark to play with their pride on the line (among other things), younger players like Kevin Kiermaier, Nate Karns, Alex Colome, and Nick Franklin are playing for a spot on the 2015 roster — a pre-Spring Training audition of sorts. A few weeks back I wrote about the future of the Rays outfield, based on the premise that a trade of Matt Joyce (or Desmond Jennings) may be a good move. And while I’m still in the midst of writing about the future of the infield — a subject that may best be tackled after the 162 game — the folks at DRaysBay put together a piece about how the September call-ups (Nate Karns and Alex Colome) may use the next couple of weeks to battle for the first place on the Rays depth chart. It’s an interesting read to say the least.