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Saturday 9/26/2020Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  +135

+1.5  -155



PHILADELPHIA (28 - 30) at TAMPA BAY (38 - 20)
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Saturday, 9/26/2020 7:07 PM
Board OpeningLatest
957PHILADELPHIA+105Ov 8,-110-115Ov 7.5,-115
958TAMPA BAY-115Un 8,-110+105Un 7.5,-105
PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games28-30-9.430-245.20.2570.3370.4430.7805.20.2790.3400.4720.812
Road Games11-17-8.816-105.20.2570.3340.4270.7615.50.2880.3510.4700.821
vs Right-handed Starters15-22-1318-164.90.2500.3250.4270.7525.40.2800.3440.4740.818
Past 7 Games2-5-4.23-34.40.2460.3330.3820.7154.90.2180.2900.3800.670
Dome Games0-1-11-04.00.2120.2780.3030.5816.00.2730.3510.3940.745
Night Games20-17-0.420-165.80.2710.3460.4680.8154.80.2670.3290.4420.771
PHILADELPHIA - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.20.2570.3375818794828810810.4432852274673540944355323
Road Games5.20.2570.33428913235413360.4271391052351919325242517
Righty Starters4.90.2500.325371204301576480.4271671343042425826232815
PHILADELPHIA - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games7.171.821180.715714424342861969-14111247.8%
Road Games7.411.90681.379671161739903-75645.5%

TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games38-20+9.128-284.80.2370.3210.4280.7493.90.2370.2980.3930.691
Home Games19-9+3.616-124.80.2300.3260.4230.7493.80.2330.2950.3790.674
vs Right-handed Starters29-12+13.122-194.80.2460.3310.4360.7673.90.2340.2930.3960.689
Past 7 Games5-2+2.92-53.40.2080.2710.3720.6432.70.1960.2540.3200.574
Dome Games19-9+3.616-124.80.2300.3260.4230.7493.80.2330.2950.3790.674
Night Games28-14+9.118-224.60.2360.3210.4130.7353.60.2300.2880.3730.661
TAMPA BAY - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.80.2370.32158191445410311800.4282662355874840840304828
Home Games4.80.2300.32628881203506360.4231311252842519719182816
Righty Starters4.80.2460.3314113403297610530.4361861723984128931243321
TAMPA BAY - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.451.196258.411499223258625524-1122678.6%
Home Games2.321.091132453410094413213-511473.3%
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/12/2020HOWARD(R)@ MIAMIURENA(R)12-6W-1209 ovO131011042
9/13/2020RASSO(R)@ MIAMISANCHEZ(R)1-2L1606.5 unU340460
9/13/2020EFLIN(R)@ MIAMIGARRETT(L)1-8L-1407 unO4301250
9/14/2020VELASQUEZ(R)@ MIAMILOPEZ(R)2-6L1108.5 unU421950
9/15/2020ARRIETA(R)NY METSPORCELLO(R)4-1W+1159.5 ovU64111121
9/16/2020WHEELER(R)NY METSDEGROM(R)4-5L+1607.5 evO11911041
9/17/2020NOLA(R)NY METSLUGO(R)6-10L-1207.5 ovO91301170
9/18/2020EFLIN(R)@ TORONTORAY(L)7-0W-1207 unP980440
9/18/2020RASSO(R)TORONTOSTRIPLING(R)8-7W+1007.5 unO9601091
9/19/2020VELASQUEZ(R)TORONTORYU(L)3-1W+1308 ovU9100230
9/20/2020MEDINA(R)TORONTOWALKER(R)3-6L+1059 ovP691873
9/21/2020WHEELER(R)@ WASHINGTONSANCHEZ(R)1-5L-1558.5 ovU683780
9/22/2020NOLA(R)@ WASHINGTONVOTH(R)1-5L-1906.5 ovU342641
9/22/2020HALE(R)@ WASHINGTONESPINO(R)7-8L-1108 evO11110961
9/23/2020EFLIN(R)@ WASHINGTONFEDDE(R)12-3W-1559.5 unO1480631
9/25/2020VELASQUEZ(R)@ TAMPA BAYMORTON(R)4-6L1408.5 unO751981

TAMPA BAY - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
9/12/2020GLASNOW(R)BOSTONEOVALDI(R)5-4W-2108 unO740740
9/13/2020MORTON(R)BOSTONPEREZ(L)3-6L-2008 ovO81001173
9/15/2020CURTISS(R)WASHINGTONSANCHEZ(R)6-1W-1659 unU1190781
9/16/2020FAIRBANKS(R)WASHINGTONVOTH(R)2-4L-1809 ovU7110750
9/17/2020SNELL(L)@ BALTIMOREKREMER(R)3-1W-1806.5 unU460350
9/17/2020RICHARDS(R)BALTIMOREZIMMERMANN(L)10-6W-1758 ovO10411071
9/18/2020GLASNOW(R)@ BALTIMORECOBB(R)2-1W-1908 evU5100560
9/19/2020MORTON(R)@ BALTIMORELOPEZ(R)3-1W-1758.5 unU970692
9/20/2020YARBROUGH(L)@ BALTIMOREMEANS(L)1-2L-1508 unU460552
9/21/2020FAIRBANKS(R)@ NY METSDEGROM(R)2-1W1707 unU560460
9/22/2020SNELL(L)@ NY METSLUGO(R)2-5L-1307.5 unU5401051
9/23/2020GLASNOW(R)@ NY METSWACHA(R)8-5W-1458.5 evO1150630
9/25/2020MORTON(R)PHILADELPHIAVELASQUEZ(R)6-4W-1508.5 unO981751
Phillies need win at Rays to have playoff chance

Phillies pitcher Zack Wheeler was acquired by Philadelphia to pitch in big games, and his club's matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday certainly fits that description.

Philadelphia (28-30) will try to keep its slim playoff hopes alive against the American League East champion Rays (38-20) Saturday night in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the regular-season's penultimate game.

The season will wrap up Sunday in a matinee affair, but all eyes Saturday will be on Wheeler, an offseason acquisition in December after pitching five seasons with the National League East rival New York Mets.

The Phillies know a couple of things: They won't finish any better than third in the NL East this season, and they need to win and have help out West.

Their loss combined with Miami's 4-3 win over the Yankees in New York in 10 innings meant the Phillies can only finish tied with the Marlins, who hold the tiebreaker edge and are guaranteed second place and a playoff spot for the first time since 2003.

That puts the pressure squarely on Wheeler, and Philadelphia has lost the right-hander's last two starts.

Wheeler (4-1, 2.67 ERA), who has never faced the Rays, needs to turn in a strong outing and go deep because Philadelphia's bullpen has been downright horrendous. In fact, the Phillies have lost eight games when leading by at least three runs this season -- the rest of the division has combined to lose eight total.

"I know (a collapse) has happened to other bullpens, but I've personally never been part of one that's struggled," said first-year manager Joe Girardi, whose team's 6-4 loss to the Rays assured the Phillies of their ninth consecutive non-winning season.

The team finds itself in a push for a wild-card spot with San Francisco, and the best case is winning the final two games and hoping the Giants lose out against the San Diego Padres this weekend.

Tampa Bay left Tropicana Field unsure of its status in the AL's postseason.

The club entered Friday's contest with a magic number of two to clinch the junior circuit's top seed in the eight-team playoff.

The Rays accomplished the first part in Friday's win over the Phillies to open the three-game series, but they needed an Oakland loss against Seattle in a late start on the West Coast to secure the No. 1 spot. Instead, the A's defeated the Mariners in 10 innings.

Joey Wendle provided the heroics in the team's 19th come-from-behind win -- half of its overall win total. Batting leadoff, Wendle laced a two-out single to right to score Yoshi Tsutsugo and Hunter Renfroe to break a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the eighth.

Four Rays relievers spun four scoreless, hitless innings with two walks and five strikeouts at Philadelphia after the visitors grabbed a 4-1 lead against starter Charlie Morton.

Nick Anderson earned the win with a scoreless eighth, and John Curtiss -- making his first career appearance against the Phillies -- fanned the side in the ninth for his second save.

Curtiss will serve as the opener in Saturday's game, joining Andrew Kittredge as the second Rays pitcher this season to finish a game and start the following night. The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA this season, and he will be making his third start and 17th appearance of the year.

Manager Kevin Cash said Morton would start Game 3 of the playoffs on an extra day of rest.

"He fought himself a little bit," Cash said of Morton's five-inning start that yielded three earned runs. "We all know in this clubhouse that when Charlie needs to find an extra gear, he can find it."

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 10/28/2020 2:18:51 AM EST

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