Game #110 Lineups and Outlook
With the 6-2 victory yesterday the Rays moved to 1.5 games behind Minnesota for the 2nd overall pick in next year’s draft with Arizona and Cincinnati doing their damndest to also cloud the picture. Obviously, a win today shouldn’t be high on the priority list for the Rays, but I think they’re still the favorite regardless of motivation:
Standing in their way will be Kyle Gibson who has been mired in a tough year due to poor performance around a couple of arm issues. He has been better of late looking something like a league average pitcher by FIP for a while now, but the runs allowed hardly reflect that as he hasn’t done much to keep runs off the board and his team in the game:
He’ll be faced by the Rays starter née swingman Matt Andriese. I’d expect the Rays lefties to have a field day against Gibson, and if Andriese is able to pitch well third time through the order this should mostly be a cakewalk for the Rays. The model sees them as a medium-favorite and the gamblers are even a little more bullish on them meaning I’m staying away, but would expect the Rays to take this one.
The Rays bullpen switches out Enny Romero (to the disabled list) for the righty Danny Farquhar. This leaves X-Man Cedeno as the Rays lone lefty for the time being, which might come in handy as the Twins elect to bring Mauer off the bench for some late-game heroics today. Neither pen is a strength so the more outs the starters can get the better the chances for that team.