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    What are your thoughts on it? The Rays intend to use it again in 2019

    [ame]https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/1095395094499418112[/ame]

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    I think it's creative. It's the reason why the Rays won 90 games. But I don't think it works all the time.

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    I think you have to have the right guys and a culture that can buy in to new things. It makes sense from matchups and x times through the order the more it favors the hitter. Like PWN said, it's a big reason why they were able to win 90 last year. And it's a big reason why they had a team ERA ranked #6 in baseball with a lot of guys outside of Snell who don't come across as a top 6 staff. If it works to make guys effective and get more out of them than what's considered traditional I'm all for it.
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    If it works fine but I would not make a habit out of it

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    What is the difference of starting someone for an inning or two then bringing them into the seventh? I see no problem with this, and it worked for the Rays next season.

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    Although I'm pretty "old school", I like the idea of using a reliever to open the game. It gives the opposition a very different look.
    Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans.

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    If you have the right team, I love it. For so long, the mindset around starting pitching has been the same. The idea of an 'opener' gives teams who don't have as talented starting pitching as their opponents a chance to level the playing field to some extent.

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    I think it's great. You heard Los Angeles' frustration come straight out to the press when it first got used on them last year, and the Rays used it effectively multiple times. It's not meant to be an everyday thing, but it can be great for some teams.

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    I've heard talk that the Jays, under Charlie Montoyo, will think about using the opener if the situation arises this year.

    I started out as a huge opponent of the strategy, but seeing the Rays use it successfully in 2018 made me a believer.

    It's something that works IF you have the right crew of relievers. I'm not confident that the Jays have that group right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbone View Post
    I've heard talk that the Jays, under Charlie Montoyo, will think about using the opener if the situation arises this year.

    I started out as a huge opponent of the strategy, but seeing the Rays use it successfully in 2018 made me a believer.

    It's something that works IF you have the right crew of relievers. I'm not confident that the Jays have that group right now.
    You guys are in good hands with Charlie. Glad someone gave him a chance.

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