Rays might be at forefront of a rotation revolution

Was starting Sergio Romo on back-to-back days a clever, one-off maneuver by Kevin Cash to maximize matchups or a sign of widespread things to come?.
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Maddon also mentioned the conversations that managers would need to have with their veteran starters, who are used to preparing a certain way.

Plus I don’t want to tell Jon Lester, ‘You’re coming in the second,’ Maddon said with a smile. I don’t want to say, ‘You’ll be in there in the second inning, don’t worry about it.’

And definitely don’t want to tell [former Cub] John Lackey that. That would be my worst nightmare right there. ‘John, I was thinking about something. What do you think, brother?’
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That was done out of necessity, Maddon said Tuesday afternoon. If you don’t have enough starters that you like, you may choose to do something on a day, maybe two days. To see that becoming a part of the norm, I doubt it. If you want to do it that way, you would really have to nurture that in the minor Womens Nick Young Jersey leagues for a long time. I think you’re going to wear out bullpen dudes if you’re going to do something like that.

Hitter ratings account for the opposing starting pitcher’s history (three years’ worth) as well as ballpark factors. LH and RH ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.
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Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

The baseball world is abuzz after the Tampa Bay Rays’ decision to use Sergio Romo, traditionally a short reliever, as their starting pitcher for back-to-back weekend games, piggybacking him with starters Ryan Yarbrough and Matt Andriese.

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