Game #138 Lineups and Outlook
After a couple of inspired efforts from the boys in blue it looks like Uncle Buck is about to extend the Rays a bit of mercy. The Orioles have a championship-calibre lineup, no doubt, but today you’ll get to see some other guys that might be jockeying for a spot on their potential post-season roster. It doesn’t matter. Both the model and the gamblers see the Orioles as the favorite today. In fact, the lines are so close that I’d advise staying away altogether.
Smyly will still have his work cut out for him with the middle of that lineup as flyball pitcher meets flyball hitters. Smyly is a pretty good pitcher with the strikeout ability and walk suppression that you really like to see. Unfortunately, to reach those desired ends he has to take a hit in the homer department from time to time. When the ball stays in the yard he is one of the best pitchers in the game. Unfortunately, that has only happened in eight of his 26 starts this year. In those eight starts he has an ERA of 2.31. In the other 18, in which he allowed at least one homer, his ERA has been 6.41. While the strikeout and walk numbers are very shiny, perhaps it is time to tweak the approach so that folks can stop wondering what he would look like with a more ordinary flight plan.