|MINNESOTA ( LYNN )|
TAMPA BAY ( ARCHER )
|921||MINNESOTA||+100||Ov 7.5,+105||+115||Ov 7.5,-120|
|922||TAMPA BAY||-110||Un 7.5,-125||-125||Un 7.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-5||+1||4-7||4.2||0.230||0.304||0.373||0.676||3.7||0.212||0.293||0.344||0.637|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||2-5||3.4||0.226||0.314||0.315||0.629||4.1||0.246||0.303||0.369||0.673|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-8||-7||6-4||2.9||0.241||0.310||0.334||0.644||5.4||0.239||0.329||0.406||0.735|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.4||4-3||3.4||0.243||0.304||0.352||0.656||5.1||0.257||0.319||0.390||0.709|
|4/11/2018||GIBSON(R)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||9-8||W||+140||8 un||O||9||7||1||13||12||0|
|4/12/2018||BERRIOS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||GIOLITO(R)||4-0||W||-205||9 un||U||7||8||1||3||4||2|
|4/20/2018||LYNN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|4/21/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|4/22/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/23/2018||BERRIOS(R)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|4/24/2018||HUGHES(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/25/2018||LYNN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|4/26/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)|| |
|4/27/2018|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/7/2018||FARIA(R)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||3-10||L||155||8.5 ov||O||6||2||0||9||5||0|
|4/8/2018||KITTREDGE(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||7-8||L||182||8 ev||O||11||10||0||11||7||0|
|4/9/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||GONZALEZ(R)||5-4||W||-130||7.5 un||O||14||10||1||9||12||1|
|4/10/2018||SNELL(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)||6-5||W||-110||8 ov||O||11||14||1||6||9||1|
|4/11/2018||CHIRINOS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)||1-2||L||-120||8.5 ov||U||4||8||2||8||9||0|
|4/22/2018|| ||MINNESOTA||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|4/24/2018||FARIA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||COBB(R)|| |
|4/25/2018||ARCHER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|4/26/2018||SNELL(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|4/27/2018|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|MINNESOTA: 2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game.
MANAGER: Paul Molitor (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Jake Odorizzi, DH-1B Logan Morrison, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Addison Reed, LHP Zach Duke, SS-3B Erick Aybar, RHP Michael Pineda.
SUBTRACTIONS: RHP Matt Belisle, RHP Bartolo Colon, C Chris Gimenez, DH-1B Kennys Vargas, LHP Hector Santiago, LHP Glen Perkins, LHP Buddy Boshers, RHP Michael Tonkin.
OUTLOOK: After their massive 26-win turnaround last season, earning Molitor the AL Manager of the Year award and a new contract through the 2020 season, the Twins were already on the upswing with their 25-and-under core of Berrios, Buxton, Sano, Rosario and Kepler. Then, after spring training began, they traded for Odorizzi and signed Morrison and Lynn, all at market-bargain prices. They've already had some setbacks, with finger surgery for Santana expected to keep him out for most or all of April, and the gut-punch news of Polanco's suspension, plus the uncertainty that surrounds Sano. But this is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to fill out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. After using 16 different starters in 2017, they needed that. Rodney, Reed and Duke were important additions to bolster the bullpen, too, after Minnesota relievers ranked 22nd in the majors with a collective 4.40 ERA.
|TAMPA BAY: 017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Kevin Cash (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Denard Span, 1B C.J. Cron, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, OF Jake Bauers.
SUBTRACTIONS: 3B Evan Longoria, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Jake Odorizzi, OF-DH Corey Dickerson, OF Steven Souza Jr., 1B Logan Morrison, 1B-DH Lucas Duda, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Tommy Hunter, OF Peter Bourjos, INF Trever Plouffe, RHP Chase Whitley.
OUTLOOK: The Rays sport a new look after a winter of trimming payroll. In addition to the departures of Cobb and Odorizzi, the heart of a batting order that hit a club-record 228 homers ' Longoria, Dickerson, Souza and Morrison ' is gone, too. Archer, a two-time All-Star, is set to make his franchise-record fourth opening day start, and Colome is back at closer, too. The question that remains unanswered is, for how long? Cash and general manager Erik Neander aren't making any bold predictions but they insist that despite all the changes, the Rays have a chance to be a lot more competitive than it appears on paper.
|Rays' Archer takes aim at Twins|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rays pitcher Chris Archer hasn't had things go his way much this season.
If there's an opponent that can turn things around for him, though, it might be the Minnesota Twins, who come to Tropicana Field for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Archer is 1-1 with a 7.84 ERA this season, having given up at least four runs in each of his four starts, the last a four-inning, eight-hit, seven-run effort. But for his career against Minnesota, he's been dominant -- 6-1 with a 1.84 ERA, his lowest for any opponent he's faced more than twice.
Last year, Archer faced the Twins and lasted 7 2/3 innings, striking out 11 and holding Minnesota to two runs on five hits.
The Rays (5-13) have the small consolation of a series win against the Texas Rangers, taking two of three and getting a day off Thursday in the middle of their homestand.
The Twins (8-5), meanwhile, have had their share of days off, with three home games against the White Sox postponed this week before the team's two-game series in Puerto Rico, which ended with a 16-inning win that spilled into Thursday morning.
Jose Berrios threw seven shutout innings, and seven Twins relievers pitched a combined nine innings, giving up one run on nine hits before Ryan LaMarre won the game with a walk-off single in the 16th.
Minnesota turns to right-hander Lance Lynn (0-1, 5.00), who is still working to get his first win with his new team after a solid run with the St. Louis Cardinals. He's faced the Rays three times before, going 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA. Last year, he lasted seven innings against Tampa Bay, striking out eight and giving up two runs on six hits, very comparable to Archer's outing against the Twins.
The Rays have pushed through key injuries, gone 2-7 in one-run games and seen their bullpen take seven losses in the young season. But two wins in three games is relatively positive momentum, and manager Kevin Cash wants another series win with the Twins in town.
"We have to own the fact that we're whatever our record is right now," Cash said after Wednesday's win. "We also can be somewhat satisfied that we are playing hard. It just hasn't gone our way."
Minnesota has won early with pitching -- its team ERA of 3.05 is fifth-best in baseball, and opponents are hitting .214 against them, the fourth-lowest average in the league. The Twins are not overpowering -- their 121 strikeouts are second-fewest in the majors -- but they've pushed through four postponements entering this series, which is indoors and safely away from snow and any other potential obstacles.
The Rays could get a boost at the plate if infielder Brad Miller is reinstated from the disabled list. They're still without outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and third baseman Matt Duffy, getting by with a lineup that is patchwork in some places.
Tampa Bay has only one player hitting better than .270, with Mallex Smith at .373.
|Last Updated: 8/17/2018 11:49:28 AM EST|