Rays' Matt Andriese: Credits relief role last season with valuable experience
Andriese credits the variety of roles he played last season with helping him in his 2016 debut, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 26-year-old found himself relatively relaxed and focused when having to face Mike Trout and Albert Pujols with two men on in the sixth last Sunday, and believes his varied experiences last season had a lot to do with his approach. "I think that they put me in a lot of different situations last year. Now if I get in that situation in the starting role, say it's the seventh inning and I have runners on first and second, I've been there before," Andriese said. "I feel like that helps. I've done a little bit of everything." Andriese logged 17 relief appearances for the Rays last season, along with eight starts. He'll face the A's in Tampa on Saturday night in another appearance as the fifth starter in the rotation.
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