Game #83 Lineups and Outlook
The Rays won a game! Unfortunately, it means they’re losing the war when it comes against one of their closest competitors for worst record in the game. The team will look to right the ship this evening against against Tim Lincecum and the Angels. Jake Odorizzi, nominal staff ace, will be toeing the bump for the Rays.
The Angels are showing how badly they don’t want this one by sitting the best player in the game, Mike Trout. He’ll become the new most over-qualified pinch hitter in the game usurping yet another throne that was Miggy Cabrera’s first. His absence is profound as Vegas sees the Rays as a heavy favorite. The model disagrees, but it’s close enough that you probably want to stay away. Without Trout the best hitter on the Angels is Albert Pujols and the guy behind him can swing it a bit two. Those will be the biggest threats for Odorizzi with the bottom of that lineup being positively terrible. The Rays have what it takes to counter on that last regard, but the top and middle does look better. As an aside, it will be fun to watch Lincecum in this one as I haven’t seen him since he came back this year.
I wouldn’t expect Lince to last much longer than five so the Rays should get a bite at the tantalizing underbelly of the Angels back end, but Odorizzi’s inefficiency has put the Rays in a similar boat several starts in a row now. He’ll need to come out strong, avoid the extended second innings that have hurt him so much, and then stick around a while. Do that and I think the Rays can win today thus taking the series.