Game #90 Lineups and Outlook
Yesterday brought another loss, but an entertaining game, nonetheless. Archie pitched ok enough and deep enough to consider it a quality start against a quality opponent, but the Rays stranded five runners in the first two making it awfully difficult to score enough runs to beat a good team. Both bullpens were solid, but I think this is an area where the Orioles have a decided edge.
While the system thinks the Rays have a small edge on the markets today it does not factor in that bullpen deficit the Rays face. For that reason I’d probably throttle back a touch and consider this one too close to chase.
Moore will really need to be careful with Machado and Trumbo, but the entire top to middle of their lineup is littered with landmines. For him to have success he will need to have sharp command of his breaking ball so that he doesn’t become predictable in fastball counts. The other side of the ledger shows low expectations across the board as Tillman is having a career year. Take advantage of the few opportunities and don’t give away outs on the bases might be enough if Moore holds up his end.
Tampa Bay reverts to a four-man bench for the first time in a bit, which gives Mr. Kevin Cash a little more leeway. He will have a righty utility guy, a lefty stick, and a switch-hitting guy that can play all over and presents a good option on the bases. Hard to ask for more tools than this, though the presence of Steve Pearce will be a welcome addition soon.