Why Not Pinch Hit For Desmond Jennings?

In the top of the 8th inning the Rays had runners at 2nd and 3rd with 1-out and Desmond Jennings due up.

Coming to the plate Jennings had hit .117 (4 for 34) since returning from the disabled list but had drawn 8 walks and struck out only 5 times over 42 plate appearances.

But Ryan Cook against Desmond Jennings is a mismatch. He has held them to a .161 average (20 for 124) and has registered 31 strike outs and only 4 walks.

Meanwhile, he has struggled more against left-handed hitters have an average of .283 (22 for 92) against him. He has struck out only 22 while walking 14.

On the bench the Rays have Jose Lobaton who has a .265 (36 for 136) average.

With 2 men in scoring position late in the game and only 1-out should Joe Maddon have been a little more aggressive and removed Jennings from the game for a more favorable match up?




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