Apr 19, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Andriese (35) throws a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
2) Start Andriese and Then Have a Bullpen Day
This is a real choice that the Rays could make. Andriese certainly didn’t look like as much of a lost cause as Ramirez, and there is no need to rush a different starter to make sure that he doesn’t get another outing. In addition, the Rays won’t find another opportunity for a bullpen day until they have a 26th man on their roster for a doubleheader. Not only could they send down Andriese, but they could also demote another reliever who is overextended.
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Now that we have cleared a few hurdles, though, our next ones arrive. We have heard that Colome is closer than Smyly, but if he doesn’t start on April 24th or 25th, then he would be getting an extra rehab start for no reason. Chris Archer will be ready to start again on the 26th, Karns on the 27th, and Odorizzi on the 28th. The 29th would be Smyly’s day, so Colome wouldn’t start until the 30th? Wait a second–the Rays actually have an off-day on the 30th, so now we’re up to May 1st, when Archer will be available again.
The Rays could move everyone back a day and start Colome on the 26th, but should the Rays really inconvenience their four other starters for a pitcher in Colome who has his own set of concerns? Colome is certainly better than Andriese and Ramirez, but even his most optimistic supporters would only describe him as the Rays’ fourth starter, putting him ahead of only Nate Karns. Let’s address that now.
Next: Option 3: Starting Andriese and One of Smyly and Colome