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Interesting strategy by the Rays

Jay Binkley
May 20, 2018 - 12:30 pm
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We have all seen the shifts in MLB with even the Royals shifting at a rapid rate this year but this weekend we saw something different.  Starting a releiver instead of the starter.  It happened Saturday night in Anaheim with Sergio Romo from the bullpen starting the first inning.  According to Ray's manager Kevin Cash he would have gone 2 innings if they didn't get the grand slam in the 2nd.  After all more runs are scored in the first inning than any other inning.

The plan went extremely well with the right handed oriented lineup from the Angels and Romo who is good against righties struck out Cozart, Trout and Upton.  Then the rookie Ryan Yarbrough was able to go 6.1 innings and pick up the win after Romo faced 1, 2, 3.

It worked so well that the Ray's started the 11 year pro 2 straight days as he got the start on Sunday as well and went 1.1 innings with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. It's creative and outside the box thinking.  After all the most runs in baseball are scored in the first inning.

I had a chance to talk to Ned Yost about what he thought about starting a reliever before the Yankees game Sunday:

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