Game #128 Lineups and Outlook
The Rays lost on a walkoff yesterday on a pitch that only Evan Gattis could get to. That’s fine. Smyly pitched great after a rough first and the Rays should be doing their level best to avoid winning games from here on out.
I see the Astros as even bigger favorites today than I did yesterday, though the gamblers are even slightly more aggressive. I’d stay away from both teams today as I don’t see much value in it. Snell is still must see TV, and it would be nice if at some point the umpires would stop treating him differently than other players. Every game he sees a tighter zone that his opposition, but he has worn it well, thus far. If he sees similar treatment today he will need to keep it shut and watch as Kevin Cash eats one for the team. At some point there needs to be accountability amongst umpires.
Bullpens and benches are pretty much the same with the Astros rolling the same exact lineup and no call ups for either team. The Rays will sit Miller and Morrison versus the lefty Keuchel, though they’ll continue to let Corey Dickerson see same-handers. I’m fine with this. He becomes a more important player if he can avoid the platoon label and I’m mostly ok with his defense in leftfield.