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Early Grades For Tampa Bay Rays’ Starting Rotation And Bullpen

Early Grades For Tampa Bay Rays' Starting Rotation and Bullpen

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The Rays have been plagued by injuries this season, as Jeremy Hellickson, Alex Cobb and Matt Moore have all been sidelined by injuries. Moore is a big concern as he was coming off a 17-4 season, but now needs Tommy John surgery. The Rays are off to a slow start and the numerous injuries are a big factor.

David Price: B-

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David Price: B-

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David Price has been a bit uncharacteristic this season, giving up four or more runs in two of his four starts. He sits at 2-1 with a 4.39 ERA, which is too high for the 2012 AL Cy Young award winner. Price has posted an outstanding SO:BB ratio at 9.33, which is very encouraging. Expect him to straighten things out and have a great season like he always does.

Alex Cobb: A

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Alex Cobb: A

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Alex Cobb was off to a solid start to the season, going 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA through his first three starts, but unfortunately ended up on the DL. He should return in the near future and should slide into the No. 2 starter role when he returns.

Chris Archer: B

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Chris Archer: B

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Chris Archer is coming off a breakout 2013 season and has posted solid numbers to start this season. So far, Archer is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA, sporting a 4.20 SO:BB ratio. With Cobb, Moore and Hellickson sidelined, Archer has a big opportunity and the Rays need him to step up. Archer has proven that he is fully capable of the task at hand.

Jake Odorizzi: B-

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Jake Odorizzi: B-

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The other piece acquired in the James Shields trade, Jake Odorizzi made the Rays' starting rotation after injuries opened a couple spots. He has had his ups and downs in the role. He is 1-2 with a 5.83 ERA on the season, but those numbers don't accurately reflect how he's pitched. With Moore out for the year, expect Odorizzi to keep his rotation spot.

Eric Bedard: C-

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Eric Bedard: C-

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With all the injuries to starters, Eric Bedard has been called up to join the rotation. He has started one game, posting a 6.35 ERA on the outing. Bedard and Cesar Ramos will see starts until Cobb and Hellickson return, but neither have much of a shot of sticking around after that.

Bullpen: B+

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Bullpen: B+

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Grant Balfour has been an excellent addition to the Rays' bullpen, going a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities while posting a 2.35 ERA. Joel Peralta and Jake McGee have also been solid. Peralta has hitters hitting just .091 off him and McGee has a 1.29 ERA. Heath Bell has not been what the Rays were looking for when they signed him in free agency as he is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA, but the bullpen as a whole is in good shape.