|MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )|
TAMPA BAY ( SNELL )
|971||MINNESOTA||+100||Ov 8,-110||+110||Ov 7.5,-115|
|972||TAMPA BAY||-110||Un 8,-110||-120||Un 7.5,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-0||+2.6||0-2||4.0||0.250||0.342||0.406||0.749||1.5||0.224||0.316||0.224||0.540|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||2-5||3.9||0.217||0.301||0.329||0.630||3.7||0.243||0.311||0.345||0.655|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-8||-6||7-4||3.4||0.246||0.320||0.338||0.657||5.5||0.235||0.322||0.412||0.735|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||5-2||4.4||0.264||0.323||0.377||0.700||5.9||0.248||0.312||0.402||0.715|
|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)||7-8||L||115||7.5 ov||O||7||2||2||11||9||0|
|4/21/2018||GIBSON(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|4/22/2018||ODORIZZI(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||CHIRINOS(R)|| |
|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)|| |
|4/28/2018|| ||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|
|4/24/2018||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||SALE(L)|| |
|4/28/2018|| ||@ 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.
|Gibson, Twins look to even series with Rays|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Wins have been hard enough for the Tampa Bay Rays to come by this season that they'll take them however they can get, embracing the momentum that comes with them.
Tampa Bay (6-13) has now won three of four games -- after opening the year 3-12 -- and hope to continue that success with a hot pitcher as Blake Snell takes the mound on Saturday afternoon.
"We feel sexy about it," outfielder Carlos Gomez said after veteran bats played a big role in Friday's 10-inning win. "It's not how old you are, it's how you feel. And every day I feel hot."
The Rays looked to have another late-inning bullpen collapse when reliever Sergio Romo, up 6-2 in the eighth, gave up a grand slam to tie the game. Max Kepler put the Twins ahead with a solo home run, but the Rays rallied to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, then won on a fielding error in the 10th when Zach Duke didn't touch first as he fielded a flip for a potential inning-ending out.
"Tough play to end on a PFP play," Twins manager Paul Molitor said of the pitchers-fielding-practice mishap.
Snell has shown the form that made him one of the Rays' top prospects of late -- he's won back-to-back starts, lasting six innings in both, with a combined 19 strikeouts and only two earned runs allowed. Snell for his career is 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in two outings against the Twins -- he has 14 strikeouts against only two walks, but last year gave up six runs on seven hits in just four innings.
The Twins will counter with veteran right-hander Kyle Gibson, who is 1-0 with a 3.68 ERA, but hasn't made it through the fifth inning in either of his last two starts. He's struggled for his career against the Rays -- 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA, with only the Yankees (9.31) holding a higher ERA among the teams he's faced more than twice. He's given up 42 hits in 30 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay, with more walks (17) than strikeouts (15).
Both teams had bullpen issues on Friday -- Romo gave up his first career grand slam in his 577th career appearance, and Duke's ERA rose to 9.53 in taking the loss in the 10th. Minnesota is still the AL Central leader at 8-6 -- they'd be six games back in the East and 2 1/2 in the West.
The Rays can clinch a second straight series win with a victory Saturday, a small step as they work to dig themselves out of a deep early hole and get back to at least .500 baseball. Friday's winning run came off a hit from infielder Brad Miller, who had just been activated off the disabled list and was happy to provide a small spark.
"Brad came through with a nice hit and we just battled back," said teammate Denard Span. "I think that's a good character win. We showed a lot of grit tonight ... that for sure was a good, resilient character win right there."
|Last Updated: 8/17/2018 11:47:49 AM EST|