Game 40 Lineups and Outlook
Your Tampa Bay Rays enter play this afternoon peaking their head just above .500 thanks to the current four-game win streak. A bit of a nailbiter last night, but Alex Colome was able to shut the barn door before the horse could get out. The offense continued to pound the ball, but the other trend of poor middle relief also came into play. Getting a bunch of innings from Drew Smyly, facing his former franchise, would go a long way in sewing up the series while positioning the team to go for the sweep tomorrow. Still, first things first (I’m the realest):
The system likes the Tigers a little bit more than the Rays today, which seems to be a reverse of how Vegas sees it. Of course, the system’s projections for Fulmer are nearly all regression as he only has a couple of starts under his belt. They haven’t gone well, but he’s getting a bunch of strikeouts on the back of an exceptional slider. My bet is that we get very little from the righties unless they can take advantage of a mistake. On the pitching side the top six for the Tigers are a formidable pack that can hurt you in diverse ways thanks to overlapping and extremely complementary skillsets. The bottom three shouldn’t scare much, but I’d watch Maybin. He has good wheels and was able to take advantage of a shaky Conger and a balky Andriese last night. The team will need a plan for when he gets on.
They’re running the same lineup so the projections are identical to yesterday. The Rays flipped the catchers and also have Guyer starting for Jennings.