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The Rays plan with Hellickson

First Things First: Jeremy Hellickson’s actions in this picture looks just like every person, player and/or fan of the Rays anytime Tampa is coming to bat.

The Tampa Bay Rays have said since spring training that rookie RHP Jeremy Hellickson would only throw a maximum of 180 innings in 2011.  After Hellickson’s strong 7 inning performance yesterday, Jeremy has now thrown 149 1/3 innings so far in 2011.  Just for the record, and I really don’t want to get into the Rays offense again, or lack there of, Tampa lost 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers.  And Hellickson went into the record book yesterday when he became the 1st Rays pitcher to strike out 4 batters in one inning.

Back to the topic at hand…Rays Manager Joe Maddon said earlier in the week “Moving forward he’s in pretty good shape to finish off the season on a normal game plan, four days rest pitching on the fifth day.”

Hellickson is 11-9 on the season with a 3.01 ERA, a WHIP of 1.15 and 102 K’s.  If Jeremy is pitching for just about any other team in the Majors – he is sitting on 15 wins and is a lock for the Rookie of the Year.

Curtis Stelzer is the featured Tampa Bay Rays columnist for RantSports.com. For daily updates, follow him on Twitter @Stelzy and join the fan page on Rant Sports MLB – Tampa Bay Rays