|TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|969||TAMPA BAY||-105||Ov 9.5,+110||-135||Ov 9.5,+100|
|970||BALTIMORE||-105||Un 9.5,-130||+125||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-51||+2.6||51-56||4.4||0.250||0.316||0.427||0.743||4.1||0.232||0.295||0.382||0.677|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||3-4||4.4||0.230||0.278||0.363||0.641||2.9||0.219||0.267||0.329||0.596|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-59||-12.2||55-50||4.7||0.261||0.309||0.430||0.739||5.3||0.270||0.337||0.450||0.787|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.2||5-2||3.7||0.241||0.292||0.341||0.634||6.0||0.248||0.315||0.413||0.729|
|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)||1-3||L||-115||10.5 ev||U||5||6||0||7||5||2|
|9/22/2017||COBB(R)||@ BALTIMORE||JIMENEZ(R)||8-3||W||-140||9 ov||O||13||7||0||10||8||0|
|9/23/2017||ODORIZZI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)||9-6||W||-115||10.5 ev||O||10||2||3||12||9||2|
|9/24/2017||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||ANDRIESE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||COBB(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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)||3-1||W||+105||10.5 ev||U||7||5||2||5||6||0|
|9/22/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-8||L||+130||9 ov||O||10||8||0||13||7||0|
|9/23/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||6-9||L||+105||10.5 ev||O||12||9||2||10||2||3|
|9/24/2017||BUNDY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||MILEY(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||WILLIAMS(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||YNOA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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.
|Rays aim to keep flickering playoff hopes alive vs. Orioles|
BALTIMORE -- Seeking to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Tampa Bay Rays will look for their third straight win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday at Camden Yards.
After dropping the series opener Thursday night, the Rays (76-79) have taken the last two in this four-game weekend series behind their big bats and starting pitching.
Lucas Duda and Logan Morrison each went deep in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Orioles, as the Rays set a single-season franchise record for home runs. They now have 218 this season.
"It's cool," said Morrison, who clubbed his 37th of the season on the first pitch of the ninth inning Saturday night. "We've had some guys set some career highs. That's one aspect of the game where we have done pretty well this year."
Starting pitchers Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi, meanwhile, turned in solid outings back-to-back to keep Tampa Bay five games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild-card spot.
Odorizzi struck out a season-high nine batters and only allowed three hits over six innings in Saturday's win.
The Orioles (74-82) were eliminated from postseason contention with Saturday's loss, their 14th in their last 17 games.
"It's unfortunate, but like I said, we're not going to stop playing hard," said left fielder Trey Mancini, who is riding a career-long hitting streak of 13 games. "It's a 162-game season. It is tough to be eliminated from postseason contention, but still got a week of baseball left."
For Sunday's series finale, the Rays will send Chris Archer to the mound.
Archer is looking for his first win since Aug. 22. He has lost each of his last four starts after experiencing discomfort in his right forearm.
Rays manager Kevin Cash dismissed the idea that the injury is lingering and affecting Archer's performance. In his most recent start Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, Archer gave the Rays six solid innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and striking out six.
"We would not be pitching him if there was any concern," Cash said. "He's 100 percent healthy, very strong. You can see that by the stuff he is featuring every fifth day."
Archer will be making his 33rd start of the season. He is 9-11 with a 4.02 ERA in 192 1/3 innings pitched.
"I think Arch has had a good year," Cash said. "You look at just the body of work, the innings that he's provided, the opportunities he's gone out there with and given us a chance to win, I think he's had a solid year. I'd like to see him finish strong."
In 15 prior starts against the Orioles, Archer is 4-7 with a 4.78 ERA. He is 1-4 all-time at Camden Yards.
This season, Archer is 1-1 against the Orioles with a 6.39 ERA. He won his last start against them June 23 in Tampa Bay, allowing five earned runs on seven hits over six innings. Archer also lost to the Orioles at Camden Yards on April 24.
The Orioles will counter with their best starting pitcher this season, Dylan Bundy.
Having already logged a career high for innings pitched, Bundy will make his 29th start of the season Sunday.
Bundy has not won since Aug. 29. In his last start, he was hammered by the Boston Red Sox for six earned runs on seven hits before earning a no-decision last Monday.
Overall, Bundy has thrown 169 2/3 innings this season. That's 60 more than he threw last season. He is 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA.
This will be the fourth start Bundy has made against the Rays this season. He is 1-1 with a 5.19 ERA over the previous three. After earning a no-decision against Tampa Bay on April 16 at Camden Yards, Bundy beat the Rays on June 24 in Tampa and lost to them July 1 at home.
In six career starts against Tampa Bay, Bundy is 1-2 with a 6.26 ERA.
|Last Updated: 12/17/2017 12:18:26 AM EST|