The Tampa Bay Rays’ starting rotation competition has gotten significantly larger after the team’s recent injuries. Everett Teaford began the spring as a seemingly sure bet to head to Triple-A while Mike Montgomery was converted to relief. Instead, both are possibilities–though certainly not favorites–for a starting job with the Rays and attempted to maintain that on Sunday afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays.
In this game, Everett Teaford went 3 innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 2 while walking none. He allowed two leadoff doubles that each came around to score, but he was sharp otherwise. His groundout to flyout ratio was an outstanding 7-0 as not one of his outs came through the air.
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At least in terms of earned runs, Mike Montgomery got the better of Teaford in this contest. He went 2.2 innings allowing 1 run on 1 hit, striking out 2 while walking none. His groundout to flyout ratio was 5-1. A Russell Martin solo homer was his only imperfection. Montgomery has the ability to be a late-inning reliever, but could he also be a solid back-of-the-rotation option for the short-term?
In other news from this game, Jim Miller tossed 2 innings allowing a hit and nothing else and Desmond Jennings was the only Rays who did anything on offense, going 2 for 2 with a walk. The 3-0 loss drops the Rays to 9-8-1 this spring and they will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday afternoon.