Lack of support a tradition for Rays’ pitchers

by Gary Shelton on July 23, 2015 · 1 comment

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Like other Rays' aces, Archer has struggled for support./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Like other Rays' aces, Archer has struggled for support./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Thursday, 6 a.m.

Friday night, the gunslinger will walk into the street once again.

This time, who knows how many bullets he will have to work with.

Chris Archer swears he does not think about it. He is a pitcher, and his job is to hang up zeroes. Offense? Heck, a pitcher who is worth his salt never admits to worrying about his team's offense. You
could strap him to a table and attach electrodes to his skull, and he would not admit it.

Being human, however, how can Archer not think about his support? How can a team point a pitcher toward the mound when the marching orders are to throw a shutout and hope for a tie? How can a team ask him to make the other team's bats as feeble as this one's.

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Barry McDowell July 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Nathan Karns should be the DH. Maybe the hitters should be given extra, extra incentives for hits (free pizza?) since their contracts seem to reward them for inefficiency (hello Evan).

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