|TAMPA BAY ( ANDRIESE )|
BALTIMORE ( YNOA )
|911||TAMPA BAY||+105||Ov 9.5,-120||+100||Ov 10,-110|
|912||BALTIMORE||-115||Un 9.5,+100||-110||Un 10,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||56-50||+1.7||49-55||4.3||0.250||0.316||0.427||0.742||4.1||0.231||0.294||0.382||0.676|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||2-5||3.3||0.209||0.269||0.344||0.613||3.6||0.213||0.267||0.302||0.569|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-57||-11.2||53-49||4.7||0.261||0.308||0.432||0.740||5.3||0.270||0.338||0.450||0.788|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.3||6-1||3.4||0.211||0.279||0.350||0.628||7.7||0.273||0.357||0.478||0.835|
|9/8/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BOSTON||POMERANZ(L)||3-9||L||110||8.5 un||O||5||7||1||12||6||0|
|9/9/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ BOSTON||SALE(L)||0-9||L||235||7.5 ov||O||8||8||2||15||11||0|
|9/10/2017||COBB(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||4-1||W||130||9 un||U||9||8||1||5||5||1|
|9/11/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||1-5||L||+130||8.5 ev||U||8||9||2||4||6||0|
|9/12/2017||SNELL(L)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||2-1||W||+135||8 un||U||5||3||0||3||4||0|
|9/13/2017||ARCHER(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||2-3||L||-125||7.5 ev||U||9||9||1||10||11||0|
|9/19/2017||ARCHER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||MONTGOMERY(L)||1-2||L||-155||8 ov||U||1||1||0||6||4||1|
|9/20/2017||SNELL(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||8-1||W||+105||8 un||O||10||8||0||5||6||0|
|9/21/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||YNOA(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/28/2017|| ||@ NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/7/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||1-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||7||0||13||7||1|
|9/8/2017||MILEY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||0-5||L||145||9 un||U||4||6||0||7||6||0|
|9/9/2017||YNOA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||2-4||L||160||9.5 ev||U||5||3||0||9||7||0|
|9/10/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||2-3||L||180||9.5 un||U||7||3||1||5||4||0|
|9/11/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||3-4||L||-105||10 un||U||6||4||2||8||7||0|
|9/12/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)||2-3||L||-140||9 un||U||6||4||0||10||9||0|
|9/13/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)||2-1||W||-105||8.5 ov||U||7||8||1||7||5||1|
|9/14/2017||MILEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-13||L||175||9.5 un||O||12||9||2||14||6||1|
|9/15/2017||YNOA(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||2-8||L||245||9 ov||O||3||3||2||10||5||1|
|9/16/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||3-9||L||170||10 un||O||6||10||0||10||5||1|
|9/17/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||6-4||W||205||9.5 un||O||9||4||1||7||8||0|
|9/21/2017||YNOA(R)||TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||BUNDY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||TAILLON(R)|| |
|9/27/2017|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: 2016: 68-94, fifth place
Manager: Kevin Cash (third season)
Who's new? OF Colby Rasmus, OF/1B Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Jumbo Diaz, C Wilson Ramos, C Derek Norris, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jose De Leon, RHP Shawn Tolleson
Who's gone? 2B Logan Forsythe, IF/OF Steve Pearce, OF Desmond Jennings, OF Mikie Mahtook, C Hank Conger, IF/OF Taylor Motter, C Bobby Wilson, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Steve Geltz, LHP Dana Eveland, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Sturdevant, RHP Dylan Floro
Projected lineup: DH Corey Dickerson (.245, 24, 70), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.246, 12, 37, 21 SB), 3B Evan Longoria (.273, 36, 98), 2B Brad Miller (.243, 30, 81), RF Steven Souza (.247, 17, 49), LF Colby Rasmus (.206, 15, 54 with Astros), SS Tim Beckham (.247, 5, 16), 1B Logan Morrison (.238, 14, 43), C Curt Casali (.186, 8, 25)
Rotation: RH Chris Archer (9-19, 4.02 ERA), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-6, 3.69), RH Alex Cobb (1-2, 8.59 in five starts), LH Blake Snell (6-8, 3.54), RH Matt Andriese (8-8, 4.37)
Key relievers: RH Alex Colome (2-4, 1.91, 37/40 SV), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians), RH Danny Farquhar (1-0, 3.06), LH Xavier Cede'o (3-4, 3.70), RH Erasmo Ramirez (7-11, 3.77), RH Jumbo Diaz (1-1, 3.14), RH Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.51)
Hot spots: Shortstop and catcher. Tim Beckham and the combination of Curt Casali and newly signed Derek Norris are holding down the fort while Matt Duffy and Wilson Ramos recover from injuries. Beckham and Casali or Norris can at least try to make the situation awkward by hitting. That wasn't their strong suit last year, but the Rays will need someone to bat eighth and ninth while Ramos (knee surgery; out until July) and Duffy (Achilles surgery; out until May) heal.
Outlook: How do you fix a team that ranked eighth in the AL in ERA and 14th in runs scored? If you're the Rays, you trade away your second-best hitter (Forsythe) for a pitcher who will start the season in Triple-A (De Leon), then sign an outfielder with a .641 OPS (Rasmus) to be your second-highest paid player. Expectations for a team with the third-lowest payroll in the game shouldn't be high to begin with. Getting Duffy and Ramos back from the DL will help, but not enough to slow rumors of Archer, Cobb and Odorizzi getting traded if they pitch well.
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Time is running out as Orioles host Rays|
BALTIMORE -- Their playoff hopes all but vanished, the Baltimore Orioles open their final home series of the season on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Baltimore (73-80) is jockeying for a fourth-place finish in the American League East with the Toronto Blue Jays (71-81).
The Rays (74-78) are in a slightly better position but still face an uphill battle as they are four games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second AL wild card.
The Orioles looked as if they were capable of making a playoff push before losing 12 of their past 14 games, leaving them 5 1/2 behind Minnesota. Baltimore is coming off a deflating series against the Red Sox in which it was swept by the AL East leaders.
The Orioles are getting some solid pitching but are struggling to score runs.
"They're very frustrated right now," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "You can imagine grinding as our guys have since February and not being able to push a run like that across in some of these games when we pitch well. That's been a challenge for us. I feel for them because I know how much it means to them."
The Orioles are trying to avoid their first losing season since 2011. Baltimore is also dealing with a pair of significant omissions on its roster.
Third baseman Manny Machado was out of the lineup Wednesday due to an illness, and the timeline for his return is uncertain. Also, left-hander closer Zach Britton might not pitch again this season because of a lingering problems with his left knee.
Tampa Bay is coming off an emotional series against the Chicago Cubs and Joe Maddon, who managed the Rays from 2006-14 and led them to four playoff appearances, including their only AL pennant. Tampa Bay split the two-game series, ending the Cubs' seven-game winning streak Wednesday.
The Rays still believe they can make a late run to the playoffs.
"I feel all of us still think there's a shot," said left-hander Blake Snell, who got the victory Wednesday against the Cubs. "We all want to do it. We're all in this together. We always felt there was a shot from the start and all the way to the end."
Tampa Bay right-hander Matt Andriese (5-3, 4.44 ERA) is slated to start the opener at Camden Yards. He has not pitched past the sixth inning since returning from the disabled list Aug. 28 after recovering from a right hip stress reaction.
Andriese was 5-1 with a 3.54 ERA in 12 starts prior to going on the DL. In his latest outing, Friday against the Red Sox, he allowed two runs and five hits over 4 1/3 innings. Andriese has struggled in six career appearances (three starts) against the Orioles, going 1-3 with a 7.50 ERA, though he hasn't faced them this year.
Baltimore will get another look Thursday at 24-year-old right-hander Gabriel Ynoa (1-2, 4.18 ERA). He was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 3. Even though Ynoa has lost his past two decisions, he has shown solid command in his brief time in the majors, earning himself another start.
In his Friday road outing against the New York Yankees, Ynoa allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks over 4 1/3 innings.
"Every time the manager gives me the ball, I want to take advantage of the opportunity and show that I can pitch now and that I can pitch in the future, as well," Ynoa said through an interpreter.
|Last Updated: 1/24/2018 6:02:38 AM EST|