Sunday, November 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Monday’s Rays-Indians game

Mallex Smith has played so well for so long, but he had a bad Monday — not making a play on Jose Ramirez's run-scoring bloop double, caught stealing third in the fourth and overthrowing the cutoff man on Brandon Guyer's tying double in the sixth.

As the Rays try to play their way into the wild-card race, manager Kevin Cash wants his players to treat these games like any others. But the significance seems obvious in the way he's managing, such as using three pitchers to face three batters in the fifth Monday.

Said it last time he pitched, and I'll say it again — it's hard to tell what to think of LHP Jalen Beeks and how he fits in as a starter, opener-follower or reliever. For the second straight outing they limited him to less than three innings — basically one time through the order.

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