Tampa Bay Rays: MLB is trying to make this happen in 2020. They’ve made a lot of tweaks to the game, today we look at how the extra-innings rule changes will impact the Rays.
The Tampa Bay Rays may have some serious advantages should a game finish the first nine innings in a tie this season. First, let’s take a quick look at what this rule is and why Major League Baseball has chosen to utilize it for this strange season.
Baserunners start in scoring position in extra-innings – In an attempt to prevent games from turning into seven or eight-hour marathons in such a cramped schedule, the league will begin every half-inning of extra innings with a runner in scoring position. According Baseball America’s J.J. Cooper, since the rule was implemented in the minor leagues two years ago the results are real. Prior to the implementation of the rule, only 45 percent of extra-inning games were concluded in one inning. Over the past two years with the rule, that number sky-rocketed up to 70 percent.
- The runner on second will be the last batter from the previous inning. So, if the number three hitter is due up in the 10th innings, then the number two hitter will be on base.
- If the runner scores then the pitcher will not be charged with an earned run.
- Pinch runners can be used.
The schedule currently calls for 60 games in just 66 days. To accommodate this insane workload on the teams, the league has essentially expanded the 26-man rosters to 30 players at the start of the season and expanded the traditional 40-man rosters to a 60-man taxi squad.
We will now take a look at how the Rays could benefit from these wild extra-inning rules in the 2020 season.