When Chris Archer returned to Tampa Bay as a free agent, he said that the first thing he told general manager Erik Neander was that he was willing to serve The most suitable role for the team. In most cases, this will mean becoming a pitcher like him as always. This could also mean throwing the ball after the corkscrew.
When Archer officially returns to Rex on Saturday, it means climbing out of the bullpen after picking up another experienced starter, Rich Hill, in the offseason. Hill plans to play against the Marlins at loanDepot Park on Saturday night (6:10 EST, live on MLB.TV), and Archer also plans to pitch the ball at some point during the game.
The two veterans will be separated on different days in the next rotation, but given the rays̵
Instead, Hill and Archer can easily enter the season after a series of starting rounds each season-considering the different challenges they face on the hill, this may be very effective.
“I think this is the goal of the first game. To have this kind of contrast, let us not try to bear too much load directly from the door. I am looking forward to it,” Archer said. “I look forward to following him. Whenever I call, I will come in and serve.”
Manager Kevin Cash (Kevin Cash) said that he will talk to pitching coach Kyle Snyder to understand what Hill and Archer are going to use, and when they are playing They may rebound to a higher number of serve during the second breakup. Ray understands the value of throwing different appearances at opposing batters, and is not much different from Hill and Archer. Hill is a left-hander, relying on his curveball and fastball, the average speed in the past few years is 89-90 mph, while the archer used the slider as his main breakthrough ball in the mid-90s.
Hill said: “It’s just executing.” “I think the supplementary part would be great, but again, it’s already there and ready for execution. That’s it. For myself, for Chris, for everyone, this It is indeed the biggest thing.”
Since September 29, 2012, Archer has not stood out in the regular season, but he has some understanding of the preparations for spring training. On March 19, Hill played 2 2/3 innings for the Red Sox, then Archer took over the fourth inning and played two clean innings with two strikeouts.
Archer said that despite the achievements, he did not feel that he was fully prepared for the outing. So, don’t be surprised if you see Archer moving around the bullpen throughout the game or tossing in the outfield between innings for a long time.
Archer said that, in fact, he will be so absorbed in his preparation that the meaning of returning to the mound in a Rays uniform for the first time since 2018 may not fall into contemplation until he finishes his pitch.
“There will be more nostalgia, but from a reflective point of view, it may be more, because I am going to do a job at the moment.” And this is a bit of a strange job, so I will have to Be highly concerned. “Archer said. “I’m glad we eliminated all of this in the spring. I have thrown a few games. I have walked out of the bullpen. Therefore, at this point, I just need to go out and execute, and I really hope to be able to do this in a light blue environment. “
• Cash has said before that Rays intends to immediately involve all of their position players, which proved to be correct on Friday as he shuffled the bottom half of the lineup. Joey Wendle started from shortstop, Manuel Margot in midfield, Francisco Mejía was behind, and Willy Adames , Kevin Kiermaier and Mike Zunino did not start. The top five players remain unchanged: Yoshi Tsugogo, Austin Meadows, Randy Arozarena, Brandon Lowe and Yandy Díaz.
• Thursday was the 37th 1-0 victory in club history, but for the second time in franchise history, Rays announced the suspension on the opening day and won 7-0 against the Twins in 2000. Since 1901, there has been at least one game with 44 1-0 suspensions on the opening day. As the opening day since the Indians in 1946, as the visiting team, Ray became the first American league to win a 1-0 game. club.
• Glasnow’s most important opening day outing was the starting point for his ninth non-scoring since joining the Rays. Before being traded to Tampa Bay, he had nothing.
• On Thursday, Austin Meadows became the fourth Shining player to have multiple opening Japanese bases, joining Evan Longoria (four), Gerrard Gerald Williams and Ben Zobrist (both). This is the ninth single home run since at least 1901, making it the only game on the opening day, and this is only the third time that it is correct for the AL team.