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Tampa Bay Rays: Madison Bumgarner among options to fill Glasnow void

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oracle Park on April 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 26: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Oracle Park on April 26, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MARCH 31: Yonny Chirinos #72 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on March 31, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – MARCH 31: Yonny Chirinos #72 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros at Tropicana Field on March 31, 2019 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

The Bulk Trio: Yonny Chirinos, Jalen Beeks, Ryan Yarbrough

If the Tampa Bay Rays choose to not sign Keuchel or trade for Bumgarner, the trio listed above will be relied upon to provide crucial innings during Glasnow’s extended stay on the IL.

Yonny Chirinos seems the most logical of the three to slip right into the rotation. Ryan Yarbrough struggled early on this year in Tampa, but has found his stride on the bump during his time in Durham. And finally, Jalen Beeks has been very good for the Rays out of the pen with his added deception.

Yonny Chirinos is the only one to have logged a start this season, in fact, he has made 4 starts. In the 8 games that he has pitched in, the Rays are 7-1. The Rays have won 3 of his 4 starts in which he has thrown at least 5 innings every time, 26 in total.

Yonny Chirinos 2019 numbers:

42.1 IP // 3.61 ERA // 4.81 FIP // 119 ERA+ // 31 K // 8 BB

Jalen Beeks has been impressive this year across 11 appearances. He has been effective in the bulk role this season, with only 3 of his appearances totaling less than 3 innings. He has shown the ability to go the distance, throwing 6.2 IP against the Royals earlier this month, but the majority of his appearances have come in 3 inning bursts.

His deceptive delivery and filthy off speed pitches which he us uses to generate weak contact have kept major league hitters off-balance all season.

Jalen Beeks 2019 numbers:

32.0 IP // 2.25 ERA // 2.67 FIP // 33 K // 10 BB // .233 OppAvg

After a stellar rookie campaign, Ryan Yarbrough got off to a rough start in Tampa Bay this season but has seemed to settle back in at Durham. Similar to Beeks, Ryan Yarbrough is a typical “bulk” pitcher with a solid mix of off speed pitches which he uses to keep hitters off-balance at the plate while inducing weak contact.

While his stuff may not be able to outlast a lineup more than a couple of times through, he should be able to give you close to 5 strong innings. While it may not fill completely fill Glasnow’s void, Yarbs could get the job done in the interim if he can continue what he has done recently at Durham.

Ryan Yarbrough 2019 MLB numbers:

16.2 IP // 8.10 ERA // 4.67 FIP // 14 K // 4 BB

Ryan Yarbrough 2019 AAA numbers:

15 IP // 1.80 ERA // 20 K // 3 BB

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My money is on Chirinos, but I wouldn’t rule out a Bumgarner trade. I have no problem with Yonny moving into the rotation, but knowing the Rays they may very well go with 2 actual starting pitchers until Glasnow returns. Regardless, the Rays have options to choose from and as the week continues we should get a better idea of what they plan on doing.

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