|TAMPA BAY ( COBB )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|929||TAMPA BAY||-140||Ov 7,-115||-150||Ov 7,-110|
|930||CHICAGO CUBS||+130||Un 7,-105||+140||Un 7,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-17||-6.6||15-12||3.9||0.253||0.317||4.5||0.256||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.7||3-3||4.6||0.267||0.333||3.1||0.238||0.305|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-54||-15.2||45-37||3.7||0.232||0.289||4.3||0.248||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.2||3-2||4.0||0.237||0.308||5.1||0.277||0.318|
|8/1/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||3-5||L||-110||7.5 un||O||12||9||0||10||7||1|
|8/2/2014||ARCHER(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||10-3||W||-115||7.5 un||O||16||9||0||8||8||1|
|8/3/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||5-7||L||-110||7.5 un||O||10||12||0||12||8||0|
|8/4/2014||COBB(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)||2-3||L||125||7 un||U||6||7||1||10||18||2|
|8/5/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ OAKLAND||HAMMEL(R)||0-3||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||9||3||10||10||0|
|8/6/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)||7-3||W||180||7 ev||O||13||11||0||4||3||1|
|8/8/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WADA(L)||4-3||W||-125||7 ov||P||9||7||3||8||6||0|
|8/9/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||4-0||W||-135||7 un||U||6||5||0||5||5||1|
|8/10/2014||COBB(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/11/2014||SMYLY(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|8/12/2014||HELLICKSON(R)||@ TEXAS||TEPESCH(R)|| |
|8/13/2014||ARCHER(R)||@ TEXAS||MIKOLAS(R)|| |
|8/14/2014||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||COBB(R)||NY YANKEES||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||SMYLY(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|7/27/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-1||L||+145||7.5 ov||U||6||7||0||9||5||0|
|7/29/2014||JACKSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-3||W||+100||7.5 ov||U||12||16||1||9||12||0|
|8/1/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||8-2||W||135||7.5 un||O||13||9||2||4||3||1|
|8/2/2014||WADA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-5||L||175||7 un||P||13||12||0||11||8||0|
|8/3/2014||JACKSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||7-3||W||175||8 un||O||10||10||0||9||4||0|
|8/5/2014||WOOD(L)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)||6-5||W||115||10 un||O||8||8||0||15||12||1|
|8/6/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ COLORADO||LYLES(R)||4-13||L||-125||9.5 ov||O||8||5||0||16||4||0|
|8/7/2014||HENDRICKS(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||6-2||W||110||10.5 un||U||8||2||0||7||6||1|
|8/8/2014||WADA(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||3-4||L||+115||7 ov||P||8||6||0||9||7||3|
|8/9/2014||JACKSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||0-4||L||+125||7 un||U||5||5||1||6||5||0|
|8/10/2014||WOOD(L)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/16/2014||ARRIETA(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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.''
|CHICAGO CUBS: CHICAGO (AP) - Wrigley Field is decked out for the party of a century.|
As for the Chicago Cubs?
It looks like there won't be much to celebrate this season other than their ballpark's 100th anniversary. As Wrigley hits a milestone, the Cubs remain in a rebuilding mode, hoping to avoid their fifth straight losing season.
They have a new manager in Rick Renteria. Their outlook looks about the same, though.
It's all about the future, the prized prospects in the system, no matter how painful that might be to the players in uniform at the major league level. More lumps appear to be in store for the Cubs as they enter their third year with Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.
''The objective is to win as many games as possible, be the last man standing and bring a championship to the city of Chicago,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''The motivation is still the same. The message is still the same. We want to go out and win. We don't want to go out and be a pushover.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Rays-Cubs Preview* ===================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Tampa Bay (56-59) at Chicago (49-65), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said Saturday that he feels the club could make a viable push to the playoffs even without David Price. The Rays are bolstering that belief by continuing their solid pitching and their success away from home.
Alex Cobb will seek to lead Tampa Bay to its 20th win in 25 road games and a sweep of the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Sternberg said his hope every year is for Tampa Bay to play "meaningful" games in September. It didn't seem like that was much of a possibility when the Rays were 31-48 on June 24 but they were only two games below .500 when they traded their former AL Cy Young winner to Detroit on July 31.
They've won 26 of 37 and have taken three in a row after losing five of six. While it still has a sizable deficit to make up in the AL wild card race, Tampa Bay (57-59) has aided its cause with a 2.87 ERA in its last 44 games and has limited opponents to six runs and 17 hits in its three straight wins.
"We don't have a lot of room for error, which makes it a little unsettling," Sternberg told MLB's official website. "Two weeks from now, I would like to believe we're going to be playing meaningful games in the second part of September."
Jake Odorizzi and two relievers combined to allow five hits, walk none and strike out 15 - one shy of matching a season high - in a 4-0 win Saturday.
They fanned Cubs prospect Javier Baez three times, and Luis Valbuena struck out in all four at-bats. Baez is 2 for 9 with a double and seven strikeouts in the series after having as many home runs as strikeouts (three) in his first three major league games.
"In terms of results, I take it one step at a time," manager Rick Renteria said. "He wants to prove to the whole world he belongs here."
In his first start against the Cubs (49-66), Cobb (7-6, 3.52 ERA) will try for a career-high sixth consecutive win. The right-hander has a 2.72 ERA in his last seven starts, a 1.91 ERA in his past five and 26 strikeouts in his last 20 2-3 innings.
He was forced to work his way out of some early bases-loaded jams while going 5 2-3 innings in Oakland on Monday, and was charged with two runs, eight hits and four walks in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings.
"It's tough to be 100 percent sharp every game," Cobb said. "Every pitcher in the league, what makes the good ones good is when they don't have their best stuff, they're able to battle and compete until deep in the game."
The Cubs, winners of seven of 10 before this series, will try to help keep Travis Wood (7-9, 5.08) from matching the longest winless drought in his career. The left-hander hasn't won in nine starts since beating Philadelphia 3-0 on June 15.
He's 0-4 with a 6.10 ERA in his those past nine but was relatively solid Tuesday in Colorado, allowing three runs in six innings in a 6-5 victory in 12. Wood went 10 consecutive starts without a win from July 17-Sept. 2, 2012.
Wood is making his first start against Tampa Bay, winners in five in a row over the Cubs and seven of its last eight in interleague play.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:42:08 AM EST|