Game #100 Lineups and Outlook
The Rays lost their fourth consecutive one-run game last night to run their league worst record in these types of games to 7-17. It’s a similar problem that the team faced last year with a lot of the cause going to the bullpen, but also due to generally playing a lot of tight, low-scoring games. Frankly, it’s nice to see so many competitive games that end up with the desired result of the Rays not pulling out the victory. Additionally, it was nice to see Chris Archer roll through a legitimate lineup as he continued to put the polish on a terrific July.
Looks like Moore could have his hands full today as the upper portion of the Dodger lineup boasts a few guys that kill lefties with contact or power or both in Turner’s case. Navigating this part of the lineup will be imperative for Moore to have success. The Rays don’t see quite such good matchups versus McCarthy, but it should be stated that this is only his fifth start of the year as he is battling back from Tommy John surgery. I think that distorts the numbers somewhat in his favor so the edge I see for the Rays is likely to be even wider when accounting for stuff the model does not know.
The Dodgers do nearly a full line change with their bench going from facing the righty Archer to the lefty Moore, while the Rays give Guyer and Pearce the day off. Only Cedeno saw work for the Rays last night so the pen should be well rested if needed. On that note it has been incredibly nice to watch the Rays starters be able to get deeper into games so that the pen can get a chance to catch their breath. Being able to hide the weaker links is a luxury at times, but one the team has been lucky to afford of late.