Who did Cash turn to? Tommy Hunter.
Hunter got arguably the best hitter in baseball this year (Jose Altuve) to ground out to end the seventh and then set the Astros down in order in the eighth to hand the ball over to Alex Colome, the Rays slightly-beleaguered closer. By the time Hunter was done on the mound, the game wasn’t yet in hand, but it felt A LOT more comfortable.
And that shouldn’t be surprising at this point.
Hunter now sports a 1.75 ERA on the season, and he has somehow been even better of late.
In those aforementioned 17 outings, he has allowed a .130/.203/.185 slash line with just seven hits and five walks compared to 19 strikeouts over 16.1 innings.
And he seems primed to be as important a player down the stretch for the Rays as you’ll find on the roster.
Signed by the Rays for his postseason experience, Tommy Hunter has become the best version of himself in his age-31 season.
For the Rays, the timing is perfect. The starting lineup and rotation will see plenty more time on the field than Hunter, but no player will do more to placate the worries of Rays fans than Mr. Tommy Hunter if he can keep up this current run he’s on.
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by Jim_Turvey SB Nation DRays Bay
Aug 2, 2017, 11:31am EDT