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Tampa Bay Rays: Rotation Prognosis for 2015 and 2016

By Joe Saunders
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Jul 25, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter David DeJesus (7), starting pitcher Chris Archer (22), starting pitcher Matt Moore (55) and starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (23) react in the dugout against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Despite all of the injuries, the Tampa Bay Rays’ starting rotation is currently fourth in baseball with a 3.53 ERA. More advanced measures believe in the group as well, with the Rays ranking in the top eight in baseball in FIP, xFIP, SIERA, ERA-, FIP-, and xFIP- as well. No matter how you slice it, the Rays’ rotation has been great so far. At the end of the day, though, what matters much more than how than where their numbers are right now is whether they can continue to succeed for the remainder of this season and beyond.

The Rays’ rotation began the year shorthanded, with Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly, Matt Moore, and Alex Colome starting the year on the disabled list. Now, nearly two months into the season, all four starters find themselves in different positions in regards to their place in the  rotation moving forward. The Rays will have several options for their five rotation spots moving forward–how will everyone slot in once the injured pitchers return?

In the coming slides, let’s discuss where each current Rays starter along with the three on the DL fit into the team’s plans for the rest of this season and 2016. The slideshow should be more pleasing to the eye (there will be more pictures), but if you want a one-page view, it is here.

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