Game 54 Lineups and Outlook
Off to our next huge embarrassing failure. Brandon Guyer kicked the circus off something proper yesterday with the first batter of the game, Eduardo Nuñez, getting an in the park homer that Guyer lost in a tricky shadow. More guys playing out of position being asked to do more than they are capable of. It snowballed from there with Matt Moore being prone to the big hit. He mixed his pitches well enough, but can’t ever seem to have the kind of quick 1-2-3 inning that allows guys to pitch deeper into games. The offense held up their end of the bargain, and while on that subject you should read my analysis on the team’s offensive output through these first two months. It would be nice, however, to see them put a whooping on the an awful bullpen that has much success against the Rays yesterday.
The lineups are exactly the same as yesterday with the exception of Conger in for Casali. Of course we’ve got new pitchers as Jake Odorizzi will try to hold the door for the Rays. His opponent is Ricky Nolasco who has somewhat re-invented himself as a slider guy that throws it a ton. This helps him a bit against righties, but with little else he gets lit by lefties. The system would agree as it likes all of the Rays left-handers to have good days. The bottom of the order looks unlikely to chip in much so it will be on the rest of the order to carry the flag today.
With similar lineups we see similar benches. Rogers is probably the only guy that is unavailable after two innings yesterday, but I’m sure the Rays would like to give Erasmo the day off after a not so good inning yesterday.