Game #70 Lineups and Outlook
Gettin pretty thirsty for a win over here. Just sayin. The ragtag Rays limp into this series finale having lost seven in a row. I think. I stop counting around five, generally. It’s not pretty. Tonight they’ll take on what will probably be complete kryptonite in Trevor Bauer who doesn’t throw many strikes willing to walk the world than tarnish the field behind him. This means the Rays need to be more selectively aggressive than patient. If they can get ahead in the count they should be able to have some success once Bauer does come within. If he’s filling it up early out of the gate they’ll need to be ready to pounce on those regardless of count.
Once again the system likes the Rays much more than Vegas, but yet again the system is an emotionless robot that cannot gauge that the Rays are playing with an alltime high amount of sad! on their shoulders, which Vegas can clearly pick up. Caveat emptor, but I’m willing to break the cardinal rule one more time this year and ready to go down with the ship.
The top of the order for the Rays looks well positioned for success with few dead spots to follow. Good Archer makes these guys look bad, but that version has been hit or miss this year. If Bad Archer shows up then it doesn’t really matter who is batting. If Archer can’t throw his fastball arm-side for strikes then he’s going to have to find a way to induce some quick outs. Mr. Kevin Cash has lost all confidence in the pen so Archie will need to pitch deep if he wants the W.
The Rays promoted Ryan Garton with Steve Pearce being placed on the disabled list yesterday so the team is joining the ranks of running a three-man bench to get an extra reliever. That man is Ryan Garton who has shown some promise to go with some hard contact. Ray-killer Rajai Davis lurks on the bench today, but will probably take any lefty the Rays throw at him over the wall.