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Tampa Bay Rays: 3 pitchers looking to bounce back in 2020

By Austin Reimann
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 01: Jose Alvarado #46 and Mike Zunino #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate winning a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on July 01, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JULY 01: Jose Alvarado #46 and Mike Zunino #10 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrate winning a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field on July 01, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Jose Alvarado

The Rays bullpen could get a big boost if Jose Alvarado can return to his dominant 2018 form. His 2019 campaign was essentially a lost cause…

Starting in June of last season, Jose Alvarado was essentially a ghost on the Rays roster. He dealt with a number of injuries including elbow inflammation and an oblique strain along with a host of private family issues in the Dominican Republic. Jose Alvarado’s 2019 was essentially lost and the Rays will be relying on a resurgent Alvarado to bolster an already strong campaign.

At the beginning of the year many had pegged the burly southpaw to be the closer in 2019. By the end of the season he had only thrown 30 innings and recorded seven saves. Alvarado’s stuff is electric and when you pair it with Nick Anderson, Emilio Pagan, and Diego Castillo the 2020 bullpen could be the best in the league.

2019 Numbers:

  • 30 IP
  • 4.80 ERA // 4.18 FIP // 1.867 WHIP // 93 ERA+
  • 39 K // 27 BB

His 2019 numbers couldn’t be much more different from his 2018 campaign during which he struck out 80 batters in 64 innings of work. That season, he finished with a 2.39 ERA and an ERA+ of 172. If Alvarado can find that version of himself, the rest of baseball will need to watch out because the Rays will have a handful of options to close out a game every single night.

Here’s to hoping Alvarado can return to the pitcher that we saw in 2018 and help the Rays late in games.

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