Game 31 Lineups and Outlook
Quite literally, you cannot win every time. The most a team has ever won in a season was 116. That means they still lost 46 games. It happens. The Rays were hot on a four-game winning streak, but ate the loss last night thanks to some shaky middle relief and a career night from the exciting youngster, Ketel Marte. Matt Moore battled, but wasn’t able to get out of the fifth making for an extended bullpen outing on a night when their best two guys were unavailable. Longo and Big Swingin’ Dickerson each hit homers, but they were of the solo variety and the Rays weren’t able to cash in their other meager opportunities. Bigger than the single loss, however, was Logan Forsythe who looked like he got a bit of a stinger in the back leading to some loss of feeling in his fingers. Think about the last time you jarred your funny bone and how it took you a bit to get the full feeling back. Something like that, but a lot more painful.
Vegas has pretty much nailed this one as we both see the Rays around a 56% favorite tonight. A big reason for this is due to the man on the hill. Drew Smyly has gotten off to an incredible start and in this park against this lineup I would expect that to continue. He one weak spot has been the long ball and the M’s have a few of those guys that can make you pay. If they come with nobody on base we should be ok thanks to Seattle starting a lefty. The Rays have the third best offense (120 wRC+) in baseball versus southpaws and boy would this be a nice night to keep that going. Miley can befuddle at times, but I like our aggressive approach against him tonight. Here’s the bullpen matchups:
It’s a pretty stout pen with few terrible matchups, especially against the types of arms we would see in a competitive game. Here’s hoping we get some length from Smyly and a bunch of offense so that we don’t have to worry too much about this.