Saturday, May 26, 2007

Is it Sonnanstine time?

The Rays have tentatively penciled Jae Seo in as the starter for Tuesdays game according to the St. Pete Times. The Rays organization says it may call up Andy Sonnanstine to take that spot in the rotation which would move Jae Seo into the bullpen. I hope the Rays make this move as it would finally show that they are willing to improve on what is wrong with this team. Jae Seo got a win in his last outing, but he gave up 6 earned runs in 5 innings. Seo is sporting an 8.10 ERA and has struggled all year long. We have been patient long enough, it is time for a change and Andy Sonnanstine is ready.

The Rays organization has said that they learned from their past mistakes with calling up young talent too early, see Dewon Brazelton, and i applaud them for coming up with a plan. Andrew Friedman has stated that the pitchers will need a combined 200 IP between AA and AAA before being called up and I am in agreement that this is the right move for the future of this franchise; Andy Sonnanstine 244.1 IP between AA and AAA. Now of course there is more to being ready than having the required amount of innings, there is also what you did with those innings. Andy stats from Montgomery Last year: 185.2 IP, 15-8 record, 2.67 ERA, 153 strikeouts, 34 walks and held batters to a .224 average against him. Andy has continued where he left off in Duram this year going 6-2 with a 2.30 ERA, striking out 60, walking 12, and batters are only hitting .199 off of him. I saw Andy in Spring Training this year and the guy impressed me. Andy is not an overpowering guy, but he is a smart guy and knows how to pitch. Andy reminds me of Greg Maddux; he is a guy who will go on the mound with a plan of attack and will place his pitches where they need to be to get the outs.

I am so tired of watching the Rays games and knowing that 3 out of the 5 days they play we need to score over 8 runs to win a game. The Rays have given Jae Seo long enough to try and show that he can make improvements and he couldn't. The Rays need another starter who can go out there and give them 6 to 7 strong innings and not put too much pressure on the offense to score 8 runs. Andy will be a nice boost to this team and who knows, maybe Jae Seo could work out his problems in the bullpen and be a nice change there.

Fantasy Impact

Andy Sonnanstine is going to be a guy who will go out and help you keep your ERA and WHIP down. He is not going to strikeout a lot of people, but he will not walk a lot either. The Rays are scoring runs and if the pen can hold Andy may get you a couple of wins as well. Sonnanstine has looked dominant in AA and AAA, he is ready for the majors. Keep an eye on him in the deeper leagues and if he pitches the way i know he can he may be a welcome addition to your staff for the playoff run.

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