Former MLB manager Kevin Kennedy joined Rich and guest host Steve White to talk about the Rays win over the Rangers and their Wild Card game against the Indians in Cleveland.
Kennedy said look for it to be electric in Cleveland tonight. Kennedy said he remembers back to 1995 in the playoffs when the stadium was deafening.
The Indians will go with rookie Danny Salazar tonight against the Rays and Kennedy says Francona trusts him despite those who might second guess the choice to start him. Kennedy said this rookie throws hard and has good stuff but you just don’t know how a player will react in his first playoff game.
Kennedy said the key for any starting pitcher, especially in the playoffs, is fastball command. Kennedy said you do have to manage a little differently and make sure your pitcher is keeping the ball down. If he’s not, you have to look to make a switch quickly.
Kennedy said that despite the work the Rays bullpen has seen, if Cobb doesn’t have it, they’ll have to work in this game. There’s no more saving your bullpen for later in the season. Overall, the Rays look to have an advantage on the pitching side of things according to Kennedy.
Kennedy said he’s not worried about Evan Longoria getting nervous because he’s been there. Wil Myers may be a different story because he’s so inexperienced. The key to tonight’s game? Kennedy says that’s James Loney. He’s also picking the Rays to win.