Grant Balfour got the seven out save Wednesday pitching a 2.1 scoreless innings striking out a one in the Rays 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
It's unclear whether or not this means that Balfour has reclaimed his closer role, or simply in the mix for saves with the rest of the "committee." Joe Maddon is the most progressive-saber-friendly manager in baseball, so if anyone could see the utility in playing match-ups, it's him. For now, Balfour is still your best bet for saves in Tampa. ANALYST:
Cecil Shorts might be ready to play against Jacksonville in Week 6.
Both Shorts and Nate Washington missed Thursday's game, making way for Jaelen Strong and Keith Mumphery. While strong caught two TDs, Mumphery was a non-factor. Strong earned himself more playing time in the coming weeks, possibly coming at Shorts' expense, though it could come at Washington's as coach Bill O'Brien said that Shorts had a better chance of playing against Jacksonville than Washington does. Analysis: Brian Rothstein