On Friday night, in an effort to get right, the Rays all opted to go left.
According to research by ESPN Stats and Information, Kevin Cash batted nine net left-handed batsmen in his order against the Boston Red Sox right-hander Andrew Triggs, which is the first time it has taken place.
When they walk right, we go left https://t.co/W1ChzjNpXt pic.twitter.com/LZlUKrbAEu
– Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 11, 2020
Gambit paid dividends, with Tampa beating Boston 11–1.
Several teams have started a lineup, with all nine batsmen hitting the left side of the plate, but Friday will mark the first time that none of those players were switch-hitters, per ESPN stats and information data.
Boston manager Ron Ronikay said that when bench coach Jerry Naron gave him the race’s lineup, he felt it was wrong.
“We knew we were heavy in the season and we added a left-handed partner,” Cash was told before Friday’s game. “Thinking about it last night, we don’t know Triggs very well. We have him a very big person [splitter] male. We are not even sure how deep he will go in the game, but we know that we have many right hands [so] If they decide to be left-handed at some points, then we have options. ”
The Red Sox last month claimed the 31-year-old from the San Francisco Giants used Triggs, as an opener and he pitched in just one inning.
Left-hander Matt Hall, who gave up six hits and four runs in 2 Hall innings, took the loss for Boston.