Game #57 Lineups and Outlook
The Tampa Bay Rays fly down to Phoenix after taking three of four from the plummeting Minnesota Twins where they were square off with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-Backs come into this in a little bit more of a desperate spot than the Rays, which could make them aggressive, and therefore dangerous. It would seem that they are in the exact position the Rays would have been in if they had lost this last series to the Twins. That’s how quickly you can tumble when every team is jockeying for the wild card.
I have the Rays as a very slight favorite pretty much in accordance with what those brilliant minds out West think. Paul Goldschmidt is always the guy you must stop, but the team also welcomes back David Peralta who is coming off the disabled list to start tonight. Him and fellow lefty Jake Lamb have very solid speed/power combinations so expect them to need special attention.
Longoria should look to stay hot after the incredible series against the Twins. He’ll be facing a lefty today yielding the solid matchup for him. He’s not alone as Souza also looks prepped to go off. Putting those guys in this park should be a lot of fun. I consider this to be Coors Light as the ball just really carries. If you can backspin it you’ll just get tremendous loft. I was hoping Dickerson would get to play here, but the lefty negates that tonight.