|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
ST LOUIS ( LYNN )
|929||TAMPA BAY||+110||Ov 7.5,+100||+105||Ov 7,-115|
|930||ST LOUIS||-120||Un 7.5,-120||-115||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-36||-8.7||37-34||4.1||0.256||0.326||3.8||0.235||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5||4-3||5.9||0.301||0.382||2.7||0.213||0.282|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-32||+2.6||29-41||3.6||0.252||0.308||3.4||0.232||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||5-2||4.4||0.248||0.312||4.9||0.275||0.333|
|7/9/2014||COBB(R)||KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||4-5||L||-120||6.5 un||O||8||11||1||11||11||0|
|7/18/2014||COBB(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||11||5||0||6||9||0|
|7/19/2014||PRICE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||HUGHES(R)||5-1||W||-145||7 ev||U||13||4||1||5||6||1|
|7/20/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||5-3||W||-130||8.5 ev||U||11||12||2||6||8||1|
|7/22/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||7-2||W||130||7 un||O||7||7||0||7||9||1|
|7/23/2014||COBB(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/11/2014||KELLY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||7-6||W||130||7.5 ov||O||11||6||1||12||10||0|
|7/12/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||10-2||W||-125||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||6||5||3|
|7/13/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-11||L||100||8.5 ov||O||5||5||1||19||10||1|
|7/18/2014||LYNN(R)||LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||3-2||W||-130||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||5||8||0|
|7/19/2014||KELLY(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-2||W||+140||7.5 un||U||8||8||1||6||5||2|
|7/20/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||3-4||L||+160||6.5 un||O||7||5||0||11||9||0|
|7/22/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||2-7||L||-140||7 un||O||7||9||1||7||7||0|
|7/23/2014||LYNN(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||KELLY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/26/2014||MARTINEZ(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|7/29/2014||LYNN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays feel they have everything it takes to win the World Series and aren't afraid to say it.|
The budget-minded franchise that's played into October four out of the past six seasons boosted payroll instead of cutting back this winter in hopes of making another strong run for the playoffs.
''The goal is to be the team that plays the last game of the year and win,'' third baseman Evan Longoria said.
''I felt like we were really close to breaking through last year,'' the three-time AL All-Star added. ''And with the team that we have this year, I'm really excited to go out and try to prove to ourselves that we are good enough to do that.''
The Rays won 92 games a year ago, including a Game 163 tie-breaker to claim a wild-card spot, and have compiled the second-best record in baseball over the past six seasons.
That's not enough for manager Joe Maddon and a hungry collection of players who reported to spring training feeling as if there's unfinished business to tend to after losing to eventual World Series champion Boston in the AL division round.
''I love that our guys feel and think that way. I think it's great,'' Maddon said.
''You'll hear that rhetoric in a lot of clubhouses, whether it's baseball, football or basketball, but you've got to back it up. You have to really believe it. Not just say it,'' he said. ''Some groups say it because they're supposed to say it. Some groups say it because they believe it. Our guys believe it.''
That confidence was bolstered by the Rays' ability to keep most of the key components from last year's roster together, including lefty David Price, who anchors one of baseball's deepest pitching rotations.
Price and just about everybody else expected the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner to be traded, however the Rays wound up giving him a $14 million one-year deal, in addition to re-signing first baseman James Loney and landing free agent closer Grant Balfour in moves that represent a big chunk of a club-record payroll of around $80 million.
Andrew Friedman, the team's vice president of baseball operations, also traded for catcher Ryan Hanigan and infielder Logan Forsythe to give Maddon additional flexibility filling out a batting order around Longoria and 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers.
''Talent can't win every game for you, but it's a good start,'' said Loney, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal - largest since Tampa Bay has given to a free agent since Stuart Sternberg became principal owner.
''If we can stay healthy, if we can do the things we're capable of doing,'' second baseman Ben Zobrist add, ''we certainly have as good or better chance than any other team in the league to win it all.''
|ST LOUIS: ST. LOUIS (AP) - Last October, the St. Louis Cardinals were sufficiently flush with arms that they carried rookie Shelby Miller and deposed closer Edward Mujica in ceremonial roles and made it to Game 6 of the World Series against Boston.|
After leading major league rookies with 15 wins, Miller was limited to one postseason inning due to concerns about a heavy workload. Mujica was used only in mop-up duty after mid-September.
The National League champions are perhaps even deeper, across the board, entering opening day March 31 at Cincinnati. The team that tied for the major league high with 97 wins has a surplus of viable candidates.
''I think we have the potential to be great,'' said ace Adam Wainwright, who won 19 games and finished second in NL Cy Young balloting. ''We just have to go out there, not listen to the hype, and perform.''
The 32-year-old Wainwright qualifies as the grizzled leader of a rotation that could include three members coming off big rookie debuts. Michael Wacha was a postseason sensation and the NLCS MVP, Miller went wire-to-wire as the fifth starter and Carlos Martinez, who's had an impressive spring, moved into the setup role when fellow rookie Trevor Rosenthal took over as closer.
Wacha and Martinez are 22, Miller and Rosenthal just 23.
There's also 15-game winner Lance Lynn, who struck out 10 in four innings of his last spring training start, and lefty Jaime Garcia could fit into the mix sometime in April coming off shoulder surgery. And don't forget Joe Kelly, another rookie who won 10 games and was the rotation's strongest starter much of the second half.
And one of the National League's best lineups, too.
Much is expected from a loyal fan base that extends several states, and that's OK.
''Our expectations,'' Lynn said, ''are higher than theirs.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (47-53) at St. Louis (54-45), 7:15 p.m. EDT
After enduring dreadful mid-season slumps in each of the past two years, Lance Lynn is determined to not let history repeat itself in 2014.
The right-hander looks to give St. Louis his second strong showing since the All-Star break Wednesday night as the Cardinals try to deny the visiting Tampa Bay Rays a seventh straight victory.
Lynn (11-6, 3.13 ERA) has been one of the top early-season pitchers for St. Louis (54-46) over the past three years, going a combined 32-14 with a 3.52 ERA prior to the All-Star break.
But he's struggled following the break in each of the previous two campaigns, posting a 5.23 ERA in eight starts before he was removed from the rotation in 2012 and going 2-6 with a 5.10 mark over his first 10 last season.
As a result, Lynn entered 2014 with designs on maintaining his stamina over the entire year. He took a step toward that goal Friday, when he held the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless for six innings before giving up two runs and departing in the seventh of a 3-2 victory.
He finished with nine strikeouts and improved to 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his last five home starts.
"I think the experience has been a good teacher for him," manager Mike Matheny told MLB's official website. "Physically, I think he's strong right now. Mentally, I think he realizes how quick this can slip if you start to back off at all."
Lynn has a chance to tie for the major league lead in victories after posting a 1.86 ERA while winning his last three outings. He allowed three runs in one inning of relief in his only meeting with Tampa Bay in July 2011.
Matt Joyce hit a two-run home run off him in that contest, while James Loney is 2 for 3 lifetime in the matchup. Joyce and Loney had two hits apiece Tuesday as Tampa Bay (48-53) topped Adam Wainwright in a series-opening 7-2 win.
The Rays, who have won 15 of 19, have outscored their opponents 36-11 during a season-best six-game winning streak.
"It does feel like it's September to me, because we dug ourselves such a big hole," said manager Joe Maddon, whose club is still eight games back in the AL East. "Our goal is to get out of it, obviously, and then do something nobody has ever done before us."
Alex Cobb (5-6, 4.08) looks to win his fourth consecutive decision overall and fifth in a row on the road in Wednesday's finale. He allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-2 win at Minnesota on Friday.
The right-hander will make his first career start against the Cardinals, who have totaled 14 runs while going 3 for 33 with runners in scoring position over their last five games.
Shortstop Jhonny Peralta has been a bright spot with a .400 average over his last 10 games, but he's hitless with four strikeouts in six career at-bats versus Cobb.
Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 on Tuesday with his first home run since June 28 after going 2 for 21 with seven strikeouts in his previous six contests. Matt Holliday, who also homered, has hit .357 with three long balls and eight RBIs in his last nine.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:24:02 PM EST|