Game #89 Lineups and Outlook
The official lineups haven’t been released yet, but I’m about to hop on a flight so this is as good as it gets. I have used the Roster Resource lineups so I think this is a good idea of what to expect, but certainly not a final copy. Anyways, the start of the “second half” will see Chris Archer going for the Rays against Yovani Gallardo of the Orioles.
Somehow Vegas sees the Rays as a favorite despite not winning a game since Bush the Elder was in office, but the system goes the other way almost equally. Gallardo has been relatively immune to platoon splits over his career, but after a couple hundred batters this year he has shown a little better than average against righties and far worse against lefties. This should bode well for the Rays lefties, but a good day for them needs to be a great day for this team to have success due to how mightily the majority of the righties have struggled with same-handers. Archer’s efficacy has fluctuated start to start with the overall trend showing mostly promise, but his bugaboo has been control issues burying him in the count allowing hitters to mash his fastball when he needs to enter the zone. The Orioles have the howitzers to launch his shells, though if Archie’s slider is on he’ll have a good chance at success.
The Rays have called up Luke Maile for Hank Conger, but I’m not including Kevin Jepsen until I see a corresponding move. With a later deadline that would probably be included, but work, work, work etc… The O’s pen takes a hit with Dylan Bundy moving to the rotation, but Britton, Brach and Givens are still there and still really, really good. Donnie Hart is on their 25-man, but has yet to make his debut in the Show so no idea what to expect there.