Game 12 Lineups and Outlooks
Well that was fun! The Rays finally took faced a kind matchup and the offense looked about as well as we had hoped it would look during the long winter of our discontent. Brad Miller homered and doubled. Jennings had his first extra base hit, a home run to boot. Longo added two more hits, though at some point he’s going to have to take his walks. I guess that’s as much up to the pitcher as the batter.
Not only did we hit, but Erasmo was exactly what the team needed. He pitched into the sixth despite a limited pitch count due to his recent transition to a relief role. It is exciting to know that he is available to pitch a few innings in the middle of the game or several more than that in a spot start. The pen was mostly good other than Geltz who hasn’t looked good since his outstanding run following the Paula Abdul kiss.
The White Sox look like slight favorites here, though Vegas is barely taking a stance. The bottom four in the Rays lineup look pretty rough, but the top five look pretty good! Matty Moore will need to limit the damage from Jose Abreu and Todd Frazier, but the White Sox boast a pretty solid lineup other than the tails. Moore will need to be on his game throughout the lineup, and as always, his start’s success will hinge on whether the White Sox can capitalize on that one inning where he can’t quite put his fastball where he wants. Jose Quintana continues to be an underrated, unheralded starter despite being quite good. The Rays will need to capitalize on the few mistakes they will get.