Five Cold Predictions for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2019

By Rylan Stiles
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: Ryne Stanek #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on September 15, 2018 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) /

The opener in 2018 was fun, exciting, and new! A year later, how will it play?

Kevin Cash has already announced his starting rotation for the regular season, it will include a pair of openers, which could be a disaster.

Ryne Stanek wants us to pause this article, and remind you, openers are Humans too.

The opener strategy took the league by storm a year ago, seeing teams like the Oakland A’s and Milwaukee Brewers deploy openers in the postseason!

Going into the season with three traditional starting pitchers is risky, and something that will take a bit for fans to get adjusted to.

However, after reading Brian Kenny’s book “ahead of the curve” as soon as it hit the shelves, I have been all in on this bullpenning “opening” strategy.

And even if using two openers and followers does not work, and it blows up in Kevin Cash’s face for trying to reinvent the wheel, the Tampa Bay Rays can still be in win-now mode.

A pair of highly touted prospects, in Jose De Leon and Brent Honeywell Jr., should be ready to go by Memorial Day, as both rehab from arm injuries both hurlers are already throwing off the mound.

Confidence level that the two openers will not work this season: 5/10.