Game #76 Lineups and Outlook
The eleven game slide ended yesterday making today the best time to being a new one. The Rays should have plenty of help in that regard as they take on the juggernaut, electric, fantastic Red Sox who appear unstoppable on their way to the top of the division. They’ll start Rick Porcello today, who has always, and will always owned the Rays. In a desperate attempt at relevancy the Rays will start Chris Archer, a guy that I wrote about earlier, and I’d be delighted if you took some time to read about him.
The gamblers and the model both look at this as basically a coin flip game, though if you’re feeling antsy I’d probably side with the Rays today. The Red Sox only have one great threat in their lineup today, and that comes in the amorphous form of Gloppy, their designated hitter. That gives them one more than the Rays are likely to boast as the team went with most of their lefties, but still managed to leave Corey Dickerson on the bench despite a favorable matchup. My guess is that the Rays didn’t like having a fly ball hitter going against a good ground baller, but maybe there’s more behind the curtain.
A shroud that has been removed is the one laying over Alex Colome. He hasn’t pitched since June 19th so it looks like the Rays are using this as an opportunity to get him some rest since he has already missed half a disabled list stint. Dana Eveland will take his place and instantly helps the Rays lose games for a better draft pick. Can’t wait to see him out there in high leverage!