|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
TAMPA BAY ( SNELL )
|917||WASHINGTON||+105||Ov 7.5,+110||+105||Ov 7,-125|
|918||TAMPA BAY||-115||Un 7.5,-130||-115||Un 7,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||8-15||-13.6||8-14||3.6||0.219||0.297||0.349||0.646||3.5||0.219||0.287||0.373||0.660|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.7||3-4||4.0||0.280||0.350||0.422||0.773||5.6||0.264||0.341||0.498||0.839|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-12||+6||8-17||3.7||0.246||0.312||0.382||0.694||3.2||0.214||0.285||0.329||0.614|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+7.2||2-5||3.3||0.236||0.307||0.380||0.686||2.7||0.223||0.304||0.356||0.660|
|6/12/2018||ROARK(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||0-3||L||145||9 ov||U||5||9||0||8||6||0|
|6/13/2018||FEDDE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||5-4||W||165||9.5 ev||U||10||2||1||8||5||0|
|6/15/2018||GONZALEZ(L)||@ TORONTO||SANCHEZ(R)||5-6||L||-135||9.5 ev||O||10||6||0||10||5||0|
|6/16/2018||SCHERZER(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||0-2||L||-230||7.5 ev||U||3||6||0||4||4||0|
|6/17/2018||ROARK(R)||@ TORONTO||GAVIGLIO(R)||6-8||L||-125||9.5 ev||O||13||8||0||15||9||1|
|6/18/2018||FEDDE(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||2-4||L||+115||9.5 un||U||7||9||1||9||10||0|
|6/25/2018||GONZALEZ(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)|| |
|6/26/2018||SCHERZER(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|6/28/2018||ROARK(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|6/29/2018||FEDDE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)|| |
|6/30/2018||RODRIGUEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/1/2018||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|7/2/2018|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|6/14/2018||SNELL(L)||@ NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)||3-4||L||150||8.5 ev||U||6||4||0||6||5||1|
|6/15/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ NY YANKEES||LOAISIGA(R)||0-5||L||195||9 un||U||4||6||1||9||5||0|
|6/16/2018||STANEK(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||1-4||L||270||8 ov||U||5||4||1||8||7||0|
|6/17/2018||FONT(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||3-1||W||225||9.5 un||U||11||8||1||7||9||0|
|6/18/2018||STANEK(R)||@ HOUSTON||COLE(R)||4-5||L||240||7 ov||O||4||4||3||10||8||1|
|6/19/2018||SNELL(L)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||2-1||W||215||7 un||U||8||8||0||5||8||0|
|6/20/2018||EOVALDI(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||1-5||L||210||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||11||5||1|
|6/22/2018||STANEK(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-1||W||+145||7.5 ov||U||10||11||1||5||9||1|
|6/23/2018||FONT(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-0||W||+155||8 ev||U||9||8||0||4||4||1|
|6/24/2018||ANDRIESE(R)||NY YANKEES||GERMAN(R)||7-6||W||+175||8 un||O||10||8||0||10||8||0|
|6/28/2018|| ||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|6/29/2018|| ||HOUSTON||COLE(R)|| |
|7/2/2018|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|WASHINGTON: 2017 97-65, first place, lost to Cubs in NLDS
MANAGER Dave Martinez (first season)
ADDITIONS: 1B-OF Matt Adams, C Miguel Montero, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Joaquin Benoit, INF Matt Reynolds
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Dusty Baker, LF Jayson Werth, 1B-LF Adam Lind, C Jose Lobaton, RHP Matt Albers
OUTLOOK: This might be the end of an era at Nationals Park, with Harper eligible to leave as a free agent after the season and General Manager Mike Rizzo's contract set to expire, too. The team has won four NL East titles in the past six years but has zero playoff series victories to show for it. That's why yet another manager (Baker) lost his job, and yet another rookie skipper has been brought in (will Martinez have more success than Matt Williams?). Rizzo has made no secret of the need to start making postseason inroads -- a World Series is the stated goal, and that's certainly not an outrageous aim, given all the talent he's assembled. The lineup remains almost exactly the same, although Werth is gone after playing out his seven-year contract. The rotation and bullpen are also nearly identical to the way they looked at the end of 2017.
|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.
|Hot Rays ready for interleague battle with Nationals|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays, routinely using relievers as starters to deal with a rash of injuries, are pitching their way to victories.
The Rays (37-40) go into a two-game interleague series against the Washington Nationals with the momentum of a three-game sweep of the American League East-leading Yankees. New York hadn't lost three games in a row at any point all season, but the Rays pulled it off, capped with a 7-6 win in 12 innings on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
"That's the best team in the league right now, them and the Astros ... I think coming home from that we had confidence and it all carried over into that series," said Rays rookie first baseman Jake Bauers, who won the game in the 12th inning.
Since beginning their experimental use of relievers as "openers" to start games, the Rays have a 3.07 ERA, and entering Sunday's game, that edged the Yankees for the best ERA in baseball since May 19. They've won five of seven games to again challenge .500, and Sunday's walkoff home run by Bauers was their second this season, after totaling one in three seasons from 2015 to 2017.
The Nationals (41-35) had gone 3-9 in their last 12 games before Sunday night's rain-delayed game against the Phillies, dropping into third place in the National League East. They'll send out Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 3.08 ERA), who has no wins in his last four starts and his ERA has risen from a sterling 2.10 to 3.08.
Gonzalez lasted only four innings in his last outing, giving up five hits and two runs against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. For his career against the Rays, he's 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA, though he's only faced Tampa Bay once since 2012. That was a rough 2015 start at Tropicana Field, lasting 3 1/3 innings and giving up five earned runs on eight hits, walking more batters than he struck out. For his career at Tropicana, he has an 11.25 ERA.
The Rays will have an actual starter on the mound in Blake Snell (9-4, 2.48), who is in line for an All-Star appearance after the first three months of his season. He has just one loss in his last seven starts, and while he has never faced the Nationals, he has generally fared well in interleague play, going 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA in eight career starts.
Tampa Bay, hoping to build on its current momentum, has a tough week ahead, with two games against Washingto, then another four against Houston to close out the homestand.
Washington goes from St. Petersburg to a weekend four-game series at the Philadelphia Phillies before returning home for a week.
The Rays got a head start with a Sunday afternoon game and the Nationals saw their prime-time game delayed by rain, keeping them on the field beyond midnight and still needing to fly to Florida for the two-game stopover.
|Last Updated: 7/20/2018 7:47:54 AM EST|