|MINNESOTA ( HUGHES )|
TAMPA BAY ( CHIRINOS )
|921||MINNESOTA||N.L.|| ||N.L.|| |
|922||TAMPA BAY||N.L.|| ||N.L.|| |
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-6||0||5-7||4.4||0.227||0.300||0.381||0.681||4.1||0.219||0.303||0.347||0.649|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||3-4||4.0||0.230||0.309||0.344||0.653||4.9||0.260||0.321||0.387||0.707|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-8||-5||8-4||3.9||0.254||0.324||0.360||0.685||5.2||0.239||0.320||0.410||0.730|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.1||6-1||5.7||0.292||0.346||0.440||0.786||5.7||0.258||0.314||0.418||0.732|
|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)||1-10||L||110||7.5 ov||O||9||5||0||12||4||0|
|4/22/2018||HUGHES(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|| || |
|4/29/2018|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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|| || |
|4/29/2018|| ||@ 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.
|Upstart Rays going for sweep over Twins|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- All of the sudden, the Tampa Bay Rays are playing winning baseball.
After a 3-12 start that was the worst record in the American League and the worst start in franchise history, they have won four of five and three in a row, including an emphatic 10-1 win over the Twins on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
They will go for a series sweep of the Twins -- who came into Tropicana Field as division leaders -- on Sunday afternoon.
"It was nice to contribute to a good team win," said first baseman C.J. Cron, who hit two home runs and drove in four runs. "We scored a lot of runs there. I think 1-through-9 we had our best offensive day of the year. I think we are going to continue to keep clicking here."
The Rays were an impressive 7-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while Minnesota had only one hit under such circumstances, piling up nine hits but scoring only one run in what has been a frustrating weekend.
"We have to be patient," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "We have a lot of good hitters that we believe in offensively. We are coming off a stretch where we faced a couple of really good pitchers in Puerto Rico, and then we get Archer and Snell here. We're going to see good pitching throughout the trip, so it's just one of those things where you hope the repetition factor starts to play in and these guys feel that they can start putting some numbers on the board."
Sunday's game has two starters seeking their first wins of 2018, but under very different circumstances.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will make his season debut, coming off the disabled list with a strained left oblique, and he's making his first appearance since July and his first start since May 21 of last season.
Hughes pitched well in two rehab appearances, going 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA, after going 4-3 last season with a 5.87 ERA. He faced the Rays plenty in his early years with the Yankees and is 5-6 for his career with a 4.83 ERA -- he's just 1-3 since the start of the 2012 season.
The Rays counter with rookie Yonny Chirinos, just now formally crowned as Tampa Bay's No. 4 starter, having filled in on "bullpen days" without being scheduled formally as a starter.
Chirinos opened his major league career with 14.2 innings of scoreless baseball, but hit a wall in his last start, giving up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. For the season, he still has a 2.70 ERA, and the Rays are hopeful he can become a reliable starter for them.
When Blake Snell went seven innings in Saturday's win, it marked the first time all season a Rays starter had lasted seven, making them the last team in the majors to have a starter do so. They will continue to use a four-man rotation early in the season, so getting quality starts is a major part of continuing their recent success.
After Sunday's game, the Rays hit the road for nine straight games, starting Tuesday in Baltimore, while the Twins have four games at the Yankees starting Monday before they return home.
|Last Updated: 8/20/2018 3:15:30 PM EST|