Stanek question

Turned on Red Sox at Yankees in time to hear them say that Stanek had struck out the side for Tampa Bay vs. the Orioles. I looked at the Gameday feed and Stanek was not pitching. He gave up a double in the first, but he did strike out the side. They replaced him at the beginning of the 2nd. Does anyone know why he only pitched one inning?

That is the way TB’s manager uses Stanek…all last year at least. He made 29 starts but only pitched 66 innings, no saves but did have 9 holds so he did a little setup for the closer. When he starts they do pitcher by committee.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/player/stats/_/ … yne-stanek

Here is a story about Ryne being a starting pitcher.

https://www.tampabay.com/sports/2019/03 … -baseball/

The Rays and Stanek have really touted that “opener” role. I saw a promotional video earlier this year in which Stanek was walking around opening various items like mini blinds.

On a completely unrelated note, I saw somebody Sunday night list Ryne Stanek as the MLB player name best suited for Game of Thrones. I do not know if he’d be riding a dragon.

So he gets one days rest, started again tonite, 2 scoreless innings lowering his ERA to 1.59. Cool, huh? :sunglasses:

BoSox did score 2 in the 8th to win the game.

http://www.espn.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=401075016

It’s a novelty for sure. I don’t think I’d ever seen this done at the big league level. I guess it doesn’t matter when you pitch your innings, as long as the arm stays healthy. Closers can have a lot of games, but maybe not that many innings. Do you start more games? I guess you could, just don’t throw so many pitches as a starter for the season. Only time will tell if the arm stays intact in this sort of a deal.

That is 28 pitches and 3 innings in 3 days. 29 starts last year but only 66 innings. Ryne has exactly zero career saves. Tampa Bay off to a great start and lead the American in pitching. Hmmm…good overall pitching depth but a little short on Starters. :sunglasses:

Novelty no doubt, but with continued success will others follow?

At the winter meetings before the season Manager Kevin Cash discusses his “Opener Strategy”

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories … he-opener/