Rays 5/27/22 pregame notes

Clearly, in his own head, Taylor Walls committed his seventh error of the season last night and now maintains a -2 DRS at shortstop.

After a stinging 7-2 loss against the Bronx Bummers on Thursday, the Tampa Bay Rays look to bounce back tonight.

At 26-18 on the season, Tampa Bay enters play eight games above .500.

The Rays committed a pair of errors and allowed five free passes and hit a batter last night. Taylor Walls, playing shortstop last night, committed his seventh error of the season — his fourth at short. It was on a sixth-inning throwing error that forced Harold Ramirez to stretch out completely, costing the Rays a pair of runs. For what it’s worth, he did lose his footing on the play and appeared to force his throw over to first. Walls now maintains a -2 DRS at short on the season and is clearly in his own head, as he has committed throwing errors in back-to-back games.

Overall, the Rays have committed nine errors in the last six games and yielded 10 unearned runs. After just 11 multi-error games last season, Tampa Bay now has eight through 44 games this season.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are the top team in the American League in run prevention and allowed just the two runs last night after the Rays had scored 41 times and hit 14 homers across the previous seven contests (against the Yankees) combined.

In other words, it’s far easier to lose to a depleted ball club like New York when you don’t play clean baseball, and it does.

The New What Next

Jeffrey Springs (2-1, 1.32 ERA) will hope for better defensive support when he takes the mound tonight, pitching opposite Jameson Taillon (4-1, 2.95 ERA).

Jeffrey Springs tossed 5.2 scoreless innings against Baltimore on Saturday, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out seven. Springs tossed a season-high 5.2 frames and he completed his second straight scoreless outing despite walking more batters in the contest (four) than he had across his first 11 appearances combined. His seven strikeouts were also his most of the campaign thus far, and he got there on the strength of 16 swinging strikes. Springs is building up his pitch count now that he is part of the rotation — Saturday was the first time he has reached 80 pitches this season. Overall, Springs maintains a 1.32 ERA and 2.39 FIP, with a 0.80 WHIP, and a 3.86 K/BB across 27.1 innings on the season. He is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight career outings against New York.

Jameson Taillon allowed one run on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts across seven innings on Sunday. Taillon had his best stuff working, limiting the damage to one run on three hits in the fourth inning, and he responded by retiring the next 10 White Sox. The 94 pitches and seven strikeouts both represent season highs. Overall, Taillon maintains a 2.95 ERA and 3.24 FIP, with a 1.15 WHIP, and a 6.80 K/BB across 42.2 innings on the season. He relies primarily on a 94 mph four-seam fastball and an 86 mph slider, while also mixing in an 81 mph worm-killer curveball that has sharp downward bite, a 90 mph cutter with good “rise” and strong cutting action, a 94 mph sinker, and a firm 88 mph changeup that has slight arm-side fade. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA in four career starts against Tampa Bay. Key Matchups: Yandy Diaz (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB), Wander Franco (1-2), Kevin Kiermaier (2-2, 2B, BB)

You can read about the series in our preview, while the starting lineup and Noteworthiness are below.

Rays 5/27/22 Starting Lineup

  1. Kiermaier CF
  2. Díaz 3B
  3. Franco SS
  4. Arozarena LF
  5. Choi 1B
  6. Ramirez RF
  7. Margot DH
  8. Bruján 2B
  9. Zunino C

Noteworthiness

— Just two days after 19 children and two adults were killed in a mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, the Rays — along with the Yankees — took an organizational stand against gun violence on all of their social media sites last night.

In lieu of posting anything about Thursday’s series opener against the Yankees, both teams opted to share facts about the prevalence of gun violence in the United States.

In a statement, Tampa Bay offered its condolences to those affected by the recent mass shootings at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., and at the aforementioned elementary school. The club made a plea for real change as well as making a $50,000 donation to Everytown for Gun Safety’s Support Fund.

You can read the thread in its entirety below by clicking on the embedded tweet.

TNWN: Rays vs Yankees — a series preview

Who doesn’t love a home run sky at the Trop? (Photo Credit: X-Rays Spex)

After sweeping the Marlins in a brief two-game series, the Tampa Bay Rays cap their six-game homestand when they welcome (note: welcome might not be the best word choice) the Bronx Bummers into the Trop for a four-game series starting Thursday. It was difficult, but the Yankees are coming off a series win against the Orioles.

At 26-17 on the season, the Rays enter play a season-high nine games over .500 and running 4.5 games behind the Yankees in second place in the division.

After a disastrous trip to Baltimore, the Rays needed to bounce back, and bounce back they did. On Tuesday, they defeated the Marlins, 4-0, on the back of three home runs. Then, on Wednesday, Tampa Bay struck early for five runs against a hurler with a 0.78 ERA and held on to eke out a 5-4 win. Yandy Diaz and Manuel Margot returned to the lineup, bolstering the offense. Wander Franco (two doubles, RBI, run), Randy Arozarena (double, 2 RBI, run), and Harold Ramirez (home run, 2 RBI, run) came up big in the series finale, although Miami’s bullpen poured cold water all over the Rays and prevented them from striking again.

Despite maintaining the best record in the American League, to say the Yankees had it easy against the Orioles would be a huge overstatement. New York dropped the first game of the series, almost lost the middle game of the set, then scored all of two runs on an error and a single in the series finale.

Tampa Bay’s offense continues to improve despite being faced with injuries, performing to a 132 wRC+ and a 4.9 wRAA over the last seven days. And while New York has six players with a +100 wRC+ (Aaron Judge 210, Anthony Rizzo 150, Giancarlo Stanton 148, Josh Donaldson 129, Gleyber Torres 113, and DJ LeMahieu 111), over the last week the team has performed to a combined 97 wRC+ and a -2.2 wRAA. What’s more, the Yankees went 3-4 over the last week. Should the Rays discount the team’s ability? Of course not — they are a dangerous ballclub. However, they can be pitched to, and they can be defeated.

The Rays went 11-8 versus the Yankees last season with a +48 run differential.

Pitching Probables

Over the next three days, Kevin Cash will turn to Ryan Yarbrough (0-0, 4.20 ERA), Jeffrey Springs (2-1, 1.32 ERA), Corey Kluber (1-2, 4.42 ERA), and Shane McClanahan (4-2, 2.06 ERA). Aaron Boone will counter with Nester Cortes (3-1, 1.80 ERA), Jameson Taillon (4-1, 2.95 ERA), Gerrit Cole (4-1, 3.31 ERA), and Luis Severino (3-0, 3.02 ERA).

Ryan Yarbrough pitched out of the bulk role on Friday and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out four on 56 pitches (43 strikes, 77% strike rate) across four innings. The left-hander worked behind opener Jalen Beeks during Friday’s matchup, yet Yarbrough held the Orioles in check as the primary pitcher. Yarbrough’s first three turns in 2022 came as a traditional starter, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to that role in future outings, however, he is routinely better out of the bulk role. Overall, Yarbrough maintains a 4.20 ERA and 4.16 FIP, with a 1.67 WHIP, and a 1.71 K/BB across 15.0 innings on the season. Yarbs is 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA in nine career outings (one start) against the Yankees.

Nestor Cortes tossed five innings, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out seven against the White Sox on Saturday. Cortes gave up a two-out, three-run homer to Jose Abreu in the top of the third, accounting for all the damage against him. After issuing eight walks over his previous two turns, Cortes has now produced back-to-back outings without a free pass. He owns a masterful 1.80 ERA and 2.59 FIP, with a 0.89 WHIP, and 5.09 K/BB with 56 strikeouts over 45 innings on the season. Cortes relies primarily on a whiffy 91 mph four-seam fastball and an 86 mph cutter with sweeping cut action, while also mixing in a 77 mph slider that sweeps across the zone. The southpaw is 0-1 with a 4.29 ERA across seven career outings (two starts) against the Rays. Key Matchups: Wander Franco (1-4), Kevin Kiermaier (3-6, 3B, 3 RBI, BB), Francisco Mejia (2-4)

Jeffrey Springs tossed 5.2 scoreless innings against Baltimore on Saturday, allowing one hit and four walks while striking out seven. Springs tossed a season-high 5.2 frames and he completed his second straight scoreless outing despite walking more batters in the contest (four) than he had across his first 11 appearances combined. His seven strikeouts were also his most of the campaign thus far, and he got there on the strength of 16 swinging strikes. Springs is building up his pitch count now that he is part of the rotation — Saturday was the first time he has reached 80 pitches this season. Overall, Springs maintains a 1.32 ERA and 2.39 FIP, with a 0.80 WHIP, and a 3.86 K/BB across 27.1 innings on the season. He is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA in eight career outings against New York.

Jameson Taillon allowed one run on five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts across seven innings on Sunday. Taillon had his best stuff working, limiting the damage to one run on three hits in the fourth inning, and he responded by retiring the next 10 White Sox. The 94 pitches and seven strikeouts both represent season highs. Overall, Taillon maintains a 2.95 ERA and 3.24 FIP, with a 1.15 WHIP, and a 6.80 K/BB across 42.2 innings on the season. He relies primarily on a 94 mph four-seam fastball and an 86 mph slider, while also mixing in an 81 mph worm-killer curveball that has sharp downward bite, a 90 mph cutter with good “rise” and strong cutting action, a 94 mph sinker, and a firm 88 mph changeup that has slight arm-side fade. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA in four career starts against Tampa Bay. Key Matchups: Yandy Diaz (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB), Wander Franco (1-2), Kevin Kiermaier (2-2, 2B, BB)

Corey Kluber allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out two across three innings on Sunday against the Orioles. Although Kluber held Baltimore to just two runs early in Sunday’s matchup, he was pulled after throwing 73 pitches over three innings. The right-hander has recorded quality starts in three of his last five outings, although he has also been pulled after three innings in two of his last three starts. Overall, Kluber maintains a 4.42 ERA and 3.82 FIP, with a 1.29 WHIP, and a 4.63 K/BB across 38.2 innings on the season. The right-hander is 5-2 with a 2.51 ERA across eight career starts against the Yankees.

Gerrit Cole allowed five runs on seven hits over eight innings on Monday against the Orioles, striking out 11. Cole turned in an ugly final line but was mostly his usual self outside of Baltimore’s four-run third inning headlined by Austin Hays’ two-run single. The right-hander later coughed up a solo shot to Ramon Urias in the sixth. While his ERA jumped from 2.81 to 3.31, Cole improved his season K/BB to an impressive 5.17 through 51.2 frames, including a 17.5 K/BB over his last four turns. He relies primarily on a 98 mph four-seam fastball that has arm-side run and has some added backspin, while also mixing in an 88 mph slider that has some two-plane movement, a whiffy 92 mph cutter that has some natural sink, a hard 90 mph changeup, and an 83 mph curveball that has sharp downward bite. The Rays have had the right-hander’s number over his career with him going 1-6 with a 4.46 ERA across 11 starts. Key Matchups: Ji-Man Choi (8-14, 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 4 BB), Yandy Diaz (10-24, 2B, HR, 5 RBI), Harold Ramirez (2-2, 4 RBI)

Shane McClanahan got the start Monday against the Marlins and tossed six shutout frames, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He threw 64 of 96 pitches for strikes (67% strike rate). That being said, McClanahan did face a few challenges in his outing.

After allowing a one-out hit in the second, he collected a pair of punchouts (Jesus Sanchez looking, Erik Gonzalez swinging) to get out of the threat.

McClanahan also coaxed a pair of double plays; one after a one-out hit in the third, and the other in the sixth. After allowing two base hits, the left-hander got Jorge Soler to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play. He is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA in three career starts against the Yankees.

Luis Severino struck out five across seven shutout innings while allowing eight hits and hitting two batters on Sunday against the White Sox. Despite allowing 10 baserunners, Severino held the South Sider scoreless by getting out of a number of jams, including loading the bases with no outs in the fifth. It was his longest outing since 2018 and the fourth consecutive start where he’s thrown more than 90 pitches. Overall, Severino maintains a 3.02 ERA and 3.66 FIP, with a 1.18 WHIP, and a 3.91 K/BB across 41.2 innings on the season. He relies primarily on a 97 mph four-seam fastball, a 90 mph changeup, and an 86 mph slider that has short glove-side cut, while also mixing in a whiffy 92 mph cutter. Across his career, the right-hander is 8-2 with a 3.11 ERA across 14 outings (10 starts) against Tampa Bay. Key Matchups: Ji-Man Choi (2-4, BB), Mike Zunino (1-4, 2B, BB)

LBWMF: Rays 4, Marlins 0

An orange roof for the winners. (Photo Credit: X-Rays Spex)

Shane McClanahan shoved once again, while the Tampa Bay Rays supported the southpaw with three homers, kicking off their six-game homestand with a 4-0 victory over the Miami Marlins.

At 25-17 on the season, the Rays ended the night a season-high-matching eight games over .500.

Shane McClanahan got the start Monday and tossed six shutout frames, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out nine. He threw 64 of 96 pitches for strikes (67% strike rate). That being said, McClanahan did face a few challenges in his outing.

After allowing a one-out hit in the second, he collected a pair of punchouts (Jesus Sanchez looking, Erik Gonzalez swinging) to get out of the threat.

McClanahan also coaxed a pair of double plays; one after a one-out hit in the third, and the other in the sixth. After allowing two base hits, the left-hander got Jorge Soler to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play.

Then, with Avisail Garcia at the plate, McClanahan’s first pitch sailed past Mike Zunino but deflected toward the third-base side of home plate. The ball bounded past Zunino and McClanahan, yet Isaac Paredes fielded the ball and threw home to Zunino, who tagged out Garrett Cooper and maintain the shutout — just like they practice in Spring Training.

Meanwhile, Kevin Kiermaier led off the game with a first-pitch sinking liner to center that got past a diving Jesus Sanchez and rolled all the way to the centerfield wall. Kiermaier rounded the bases for his team-leading sixth home run of the season.

In the second inning, Harold Ramirez sliced a line drive to right field that just cleared the wall. It was Ramirez’s first home run in a Rays’ uniform, putting Tampa Bay up by two runs.

The Rays doubled the lead in the sixth inning against Pablo Lopez. After Randy Arozarena doubled to right-center off the top of the wall — just inches shy of a home run — Ji Man Choi blasted a two-run homer to right-center, capping the scoring.

Tampa Bay hit three homers off Lopez, who began the night with a 1.57 ERA and had allowed just two homers in his first eight starts combined.

The New What Next

The two-game series against Miami will conclude on Wednesday with Drew Rasmussen (4-1, 2.33 ERA) starting opposite Cody Poteet (0-0, 0.78 ERA).

Drew Rasmussen allowed four hits and no walks while striking out seven across five scoreless innings Wednesday against the Tigers. Rasmussen allowed two hits in the first inning but proceeded to retire 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. He recorded more than five strikeouts in a start for only the second time this season, which was backed by an impressive 20 swinging strikes across 87 total pitches (61 strikes, 70% strike rate). Rasmussen has now allowed one run or fewer in each of his last five starts, spanning 26.2 frames. Overall, he’s maintained a 2.33 ERA and a 2.71 FIP, with a 4.25 K/BB across 38.2 innings.

Cody Poteet struck out four Nationals across 4.2 scoreless innings in his first start on May 17. He followed that with a two-inning appearance out of the ‘pen on Saturday against Atlanta, so he’ll be returning to the mound Wednesday on three days’ rest rather than the standard four. Marlins’ skipper Don Mattingly likely won’t have Poteet pitch more than twice through the order before turning the game over to the bullpen or Trevor Rogers.

Trevor Rogers coughed up five runs on eight hits — including three home runs — and two walks over four innings on Friday against Atlanta. He struck out five. The southpaw served up homers in each of the first three frames before finally getting the hook after 88 pitches (54 strikes, 61% strike rate). Rogers has not been able to duplicate his 2021 breakout, and his numbers are getting worse. He’s been tagged for six homers in 18.2 innings over his last four starts, matching his total through 133 innings all of last season. Rogers maintains a 5.20 ERA and a 4.69 FIP, with a 1.51 WHIP, and a mediocre 2.27 K/BB through 36.1 innings on the season. He relies primarily on a 94 mph four-seam fastball that has some natural sinking action and a firm 85 mph changeup that dives down and out of the zone, while also mixing in an 80 mph slider that sweeps across the zone. Rogers is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in one career start against the Rays. Key Matchup: Randy Arozarena (2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

You can read about the series in our preview, while the starting lineup and Noteworthiness are below.

Rays 5/25/22 Starting Lineup

  1. Kiermaier CF
  2. Franco SS
  3. Diaz 3B
  4. Choi 1B
  5. Arozarena LF
  6. Ramirez DH
  7. Mejia C
  8. Margot RF
  9. Brujan 2B

Noteworthiness

— The Rays have reinstated OF Manuel Margot (right hamstring strain) from the 10-day Injured List and optioned RHP Dusten Knight to Triple-A Durham.

TNWN: Rays vs Marlins — an interleague series preview

Back to the big top. (Photo Credit: X-Rays Spex)

After an ugly series loss against the Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays return to the friendly confines of Tropicana Field, where they will start a two-game series against the Marlins on Tuesday. The Marlins dropped two of three against Atlanta over the weekend.

At 24-17 on the season, the Rays enter play seven games over .500. Miami enters play at 18-22 on the season, four games under .500.

The Orioles dashed the Rays’ dream of coming home from this brief three-game road trip eight or nine games over .500. Yet, while Tampa Bay’s offense left a lot of chicken on the bone, hitting .224 with runners in scoring position, it was the bullpen that sank their battleship. Put differently, the Rays are averaging over four runs per game, while the Orioles are averaging just over three runs per game. Tampa Bay scored exactly six runs in each game of the series over the weekend, and with the vaunted pitching staff the Rays boast, combined with the team’s offensive proclivity, there is exactly no reason why they shouldn’t have come home with a series win in the very least.

Neither Wander Franco (quad tightness) nor Yandy Díaz (left shoulder strain) started the last two games, yet neither have been placed to on the Injured List. Meanwhile, Manuel Margot (right hamstring) could be activated from the IL on Wednesday if all goes well.

And while Miami lost the series against Atlanta, they are coming off a win in the final game of the set. The pitching staff was strong, allowing only three runs which led to the one-run victory. Marlins’ pitching has been strong all season giving up 3.78 runs per game. The top offensive player for the Marlins has been Jazz Chisholm, who has hit seven home runs and driven in 27 RBI. Chisholm, however, left Sunday’s game with left hamstring tightness. UTL INF Joey WendlE is currently on the IL with a right hamstring injury. 

With a pair of stingy pitching staffs set to face off against one another, expect a low scoring series … especially when Shane McClanahan faces off with Pablo Lopez on Tuesday.

The Rays went 5-1 against the Marlins last season while outscoring them 32-21.

Pitching Probables

Over the next two days, Kevin Cash will turn to Shane McClanahan (3-2, 2.33 ERA), and Drew Rasmussen (4-1, 2.33 ERA). Don Mattingly is expected to counter with Pablo Lopez (4-1, 1.57 ERA), and Trevor Rogers (2-5, 5.20 ERA).

Shane McClanahan got the start Tuesday and posted seven strong frames for the third time this season, and a second consecutive start, allowing just a run on four hits while striking out seven. The left-hander threw 63 of 90 pitches for strikes (70% strike rate) and coaxed 18 whiffs. The only damage McClanahan incurred came on Jeimer Candelario’s first-pitch homer to lead off the fifth inning. He maintains a 2.33 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP on the season, with a 6.50 K/BB across 46.1 innings.

Pablo Lopez gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over three innings on Wednesday against the Nationals. He struck out two. The right-hander needed 82 pitches (44 strikes, 54% strike rate) to record just nine outs in his shortest outing of the season, while the three walks and two strikeouts were both season-worst performances in those categories. Despite the stumble, Lopez still boasts a stellar 1.57 ERA and a 2.29 FIP, with a 0.91 WHIP, and a 4.36 K/BB through 46 innings. He relies primarily on a 93 mph four-seam fastball with heavy sinking action and a whiffy 87 mph worm-killer changeup, while also mixing in a whiffy 89 mph cutter with heavy sink, and a 93 mph sinker that has some natural sinking action. Lopez is 1-2 with a 3.27 ERA in four career starts against the Rays. Key Matchups: Randy Arozarena (1-2), Kevin Kiermaier (1-4, 2 RBI, BB), Francisco Mejia (1-1, BB)

Drew Rasmussen allowed four hits and no walks while striking out seven across five scoreless innings Wednesday against the Tigers. Rasmussen allowed two hits in the first inning but proceeded to retire 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. He recorded more than five strikeouts in a start for only the second time this season, which was backed by an impressive 20 swinging strikes across 87 total pitches (61 strikes, 70% strike rate). Rasmussen has now allowed one run or fewer in each of his last five starts, spanning 26.2 frames. Overall, he’s maintained a 2.33 ERA and a 2.71 FIP, with a 4.25 K/BB across 38.2 innings.

Trevor Rogers coughed up five runs on eight hits — including three home runs — and two walks over four innings on Friday against Atlanta. He struck out five. The southpaw served up homers in each of the first three frames before finally getting the hook after 88 pitches (54 strikes, 61% strike rate). Rogers has not been able to duplicate his 2021 breakout, and his numbers are getting worse. He’s been tagged for six homers in 18.2 innings over his last four starts, matching his total through 133 innings all of last season. Rogers maintains a 5.20 ERA and a 4.69 FIP, with a 1.51 WHIP, and a mediocre 2.27 K/BB through 36.1 innings on the season. He relies primarily on a 94 mph four-seam fastball that has some natural sinking action and a firm 85 mph changeup that dives down and out of the zone, while also mixing in an 80 mph slider that sweeps across the zone. Rogers is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in one career start against the Rays. Key Matchup: Randy Arozarena (2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI)

Rays 5/21/22 pregame notes

On the positive end of the spectrum, Mike Zunino hit his fourth homer of the season, on Friday. (Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Rays)

After falling in extras on Friday, 8-6, the Tampa Bay Rays look to bounce back on Saturday night. Tampa Bay had, and lost, three leads last night, while Baltimore continually kept the pressure on Rays’ hurlers from the eighth inning on. The loss ended a 15-game win streak against the Orioles.

At 23-16 on the season, the Rays enter play seven games above .500, while the Orioles have won consecutive contests over Tampa Bay and New York on walk-off homers — the first time that’s happened since 2015.

Ryan Yarbrough pitched out of the bulk role on Friday and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks while striking out four on 56 pitches (43 strikes, 77% strike rate) across four innings. The left-hander worked behind opener Jalen Beeks during Friday’s matchup, yet Yarbrough held the Orioles in check as the primary pitcher. Yarbrough’s first three turns in 2022 came as a traditional starter, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him return to that role in future outings, however, he is routinely better out of the bulk role. Overall, Yarbrough maintains a 4.20 ERA and 4.16 FIP, with a 1.67 WHIP, and a 1.71 K/BB across 15.0 innings on the season.

Tampa Bay used all of its available relievers on Friday, and it isn’t clear whether they will call up a fresh arm or not on Saturday. Andrew Kittredge did not pitch due to an irritated back. Meanwhile, Wander Franco, who was thrown out at the plate in the top of the 13th inning, did not slide on the play because of right quad tightness.

The New What Next

Jeffrey Springs (1-1, 1.66 ERA) will get the start on Saturday, pitching opposite Kyle Bradish (1-2, 5.06 ERA).

Jeffrey Springs allowed four hits over 4.2 shutout innings on Sunday against Toronto. He struck out two. The closest Springs came to allowing a run was in the third inning when he faced a two-out, first-and-third threat before forcing Vladimir Guerrero to fly out. Springs lowered his season ERA to 1.66 and his FIP to 2.26, with an impressive 6.67 K/BB, and a 0.78 WHIP through 21.2 innings on the season. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA across 10 career outings against the Orioles.

Kyle Bradish tossed 4.1 innings on Monday, giving up four runs on eight hits and three walks while punching out six versus the Yankees. Bradish got himself into a jam in the third inning, surrendering a run on a Giancarlo Stanton double, however, the big blow against him came in the next frame when Jose Trevino launched a three-run homer. The eight hits given up were his highest total of the season while the four runs matched a season-high. On the other hand, the right-hander has 17 strikeouts over his last two outings after having only five in his prior two turns. In four starts this year, Bradish has a 5.06 ERA and a 4.45 FIP, a 1.36 WHIP, and a 3.67 K/BB with 22 strikeouts across 21.1 innings. He relies primarily on a 95 mph cutter and an 86 mph slider that sweeps across the zone, while also mixing in a hard 82 mph curveball with 12-6 movement and a 90 mph changeup.

You can read about the series in our preview, while the starting lineup and Noteworthiness are below.

Rays 5/21/22 Starting Lineup

  1. Kiermaier CF
  2. Díaz 3B
  3. Choi 1B
  4. Arozarena LF
  5. Ramirez DH
  6. Bruján 2B
  7. Phillips RF
  8. Mejía C
  9. Walls SS

Noteworthiness

— Chris Mazza made his first rehab appearance yesterday with Triple-A Durham, however, JT Chargois left after just one pitch, having potentially re-injured his left oblique.

— Something we forgot to write about the other day, Shane Baz remains on track to return to the big-league squad in early June after beginning his rehab assignment at Triple-A Durham, where he logged 2.1 innings and struck out five of the eight batters he faced on Thursday.

Baz threw 19 of 24 pitches for strikes (79% strike rate), did not walk a batter, and allowed one hit — a solo homer. The results, however, were secondary to how the right-hander’s arm responded, the stuff he showed, and how it compared to his electrifying debut down the stretch in 2021.

Thrilled. He was 96 (mph), 99, got a bunch of punchouts. He threw strikes. His off-speed pitches looked well. I was more excited that he felt good (Friday).

— Kevin Cash

Baz will throw a bullpen session on Sunday, after which he will continue his Spring Training-style arm-strength buildup in what will likely be several additional rehab starts. Baz is eligible to come off the 60-day Injured List on June 6.