Not much can be said about last night’s 4-1 loss to the Astros… At least nothing that hasn’t already been said. Both Roberto Hernandez and Bud Norris were very good, though Norris was better. The Astros ace has been very good at home this season (2.27 ERA, 3 HR, 71-1/3 IP), and he did what ace’s are want to do: shut down the opposing offense.
The New What Next
Tampa Bay will close out their four game residency in Houston today, with Chris Archer on the mound. Archer will toe the rubber opposite of Jordan Lyles. Losses are going to happen. And if the Rays can leave Houston with a W in their back pockets, I’d have to say a 3-1 road record is nothing to scoff at, or be ashamed of. You can read about the pitching match-up here.
Rays 7/4/13 Starting Lineup
- Tampa Bay is 4-11 all-time on the Fourth of July, including 1-8 on the road. Remember when Farnsworth blew the lead last year against the Yankees? Oof. Then again, they are playing the lowly Astros. One would hope the Rays could eke out a win.