Game #88 Lineups and Outlook
The Rays lost 4-1 to the Red Sox yesterday for their 21st loss in their last 24 games. That makes three wins over that stretch. Glad to see the team is doing the right thing once it became clear that they were a non-contender this year, but maybe the occasional win wouldn’t hurt. Especially against these shitbags. Their king, David Price, takes the mound today in opposition of Jake Odorizzi.
Both the model and Vegas see the Rays as a massive underdog today. For some reason the Rays are batting every lefty on their team today against one of the best pitchers in baseball against lefties over the last five-plus years. That makes sense. On their side, Hanley Ramirez will miss a second straight game depriving the Red Sox of one of their best hitters. Like yesterday, it should hardly matter. Odorizzi will continue to struggle with righties for as long as he refuses to ever come inside to them. Other guys with pedestrian fastballs like Mark Buerhle were able to have long careers because they excelled outer half almost entirely due to the unpredictability with which they were able to bust inside on righties. You can live outer half, but at some point you have got to keep guys honest.
Benches and pens are relatively similar to yesterday.