Game #84 Lineups and Outlook
The rubber match of this series with the Angels will be played this evening as both teams head into a much needed rest for the All Star break. Starting for the Rays will be Drew Smyly and he will be opposed by Jered Weaver. Weaver might not be able to break glass anymore, but he had little trouble sitting the Rays down earlier this year. More hurtful for the Rays is the Angels decision to play Mike Trout for some reason today, which we can see below:
In the event that you weren’t sure I think this serves as a nice reminder that Trout is the best player in this game. Any game. No matter the opponent. Luckily, he is surrounded by less good players at virtually every turn. This bodes well for the Rays I don’t see as quite the favorite that Vegas does making them a tough pick for today even if you think they’re likely to win. I’m staying away. The Rays do pack their own punches as most of the lineup matches up pretty well with Weave so at the very least this should be an entertaining game. At least before I turn it off at the start of the sixth. I have found that only watching the first five innings is much better for your sanity.
The Rays made a small move today as they have promoted Dylan Floro at the expense of Dana Eveland. Too bad, Eves, so sad, may we never see your bloated corpse again. Floro has been a strike thrower throughout his minor league years and held some promise in that regard until stalling out a bit last year. It’s really tough to get guys out if you can’t consistently get a few yourself so I’m not sure there’s much ceiling here. However, getting a guy that can soak up a few middle innings here and there might be just what the doctor ordered in getting everyone else slotted in where their strengths can be promoted and their weaknesses hidden.