by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Rays manager Joe Maddon is taking a patient approach with reliever Jake McGee, who hasn't had an ERA lower than 8.44 this season. McGee also has three blown saves in 2013 and has a 22.09 ERA in his first five May outings.
"The thing about Jake right now, he's been one of the more unlucky pitchers that I've had in a while as a bullpen guy," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "The one pitch I'd like to see him have back was the home run to [Toronto's Colby] Rasmus [on Tuesday]. That was just a nothing cutter. But for the most part, he's had a lot of bad luck balls that have fallen into play. What Jake needs now is support, from me and from us. Jake McGee is one of the best left-handed relievers in the American League, maybe in all of baseball now. His confidence is down. He's been shaken a bit. But that's not when you pile on. That's when you help and support."
Jake McGee settles into groove
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Rays reliever Jake McGee has bounced back nicely since a disastrous season debut April 2. McGee has made five straight scoreless appearances, including Monday's outing against the Red Sox, since allowing five runs in 2/3 inning against the Orioles in early April.
McGee struck out two in a scoreless inning Monday. He's allowed one hit and two walks in his last 4 1/3 innings, while striking out five. Since April 2, he's lowered his ERA from 67.50 to 9.00
Rays to give Fernando Rodney rest after busy WBC
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) Rays closer Fernando Rodney pitched in all eight Dominican Republic games in the World Baseball Classic and, as a result, will be given five to six days off to rest, manager Joe Maddon told the Tampa Tribune.
Maddon also added that the team will have to monitor Rodney's workload this season. "So, do we keep more of an eye on him or do you just parcel out his work a little bit more in the beginning? I don't know," Maddon said. "Does it really benefit him during the course of the year somehow? Does it get us off to a better start? I don't know. But I think long range, by the end of the season, you almost have to count these appearances to the total number, so you have to really watch August and September."
Save speculators in deeper fantasy leagues should consider rostering setup men Joel Peralta and Jake McGee, as both could be in line for save chances throughout the year should Maddon decide to limit Rodney's innings in any way.
McGee on ridiculous strikeout streak
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/13/2012) Rays reliever Jake McGee has been a strikeout beast lately. After striking out the side in Thursday's game against the Orioles, McGee has now registered six straight strikeouts over two games. In his last four appearances, McGee has struck out 11 batters in 4 1/3 innings.