After a pair of blowouts by the Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays look to bounce back on Sunday, and earn a series split of the four-game set in Baltimore. Tampa Bay is 6-6 this season against Baltimore, but has allowed 10 runs or more in three of the last four games at Camden Yards. In spite of the loss though, the Rays start the day 8-1/2 games out of the final Wildcard spot thanks to losses by both the Mariners and Athletics — but 1/2 game behind the Angels, who will start a series against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
The Rays have had a tough time on the road over the past couple of months, going 7-19 since May 31st. By comparison, they have won 17 of their last 21 at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay has allowed at least 10 runs four times.
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Yonny Chirinos (0-2, 3.78 ERA) will get the start for the Rays, pitching opposite of Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.57 ERA).
Yonny Chirinos was recalled from Durham on the last home stand, and he pitched well in his last turn on the mound. The right-hander gave up three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out six in 6-2/3 innings on Tuesday. It was the longest start of his big-league career, as Chirinos threw 87 pitches (60 strikes, 69% strike rate) and faced 27 batters. With Yonny fully stretched out, he should be good for 90+ pitches this afternoon.
Dylan Bundy has allowed at least five runs in each of his last three starts, and he’s given up five homers total over that stretch. Bundy has faced Tampa Bay twice this season, giving up eight runs in 4-2/3 innings in a 9-5 Rays win at the Trop in April, but blanking them over seven shutout innings in a 17-1 loss in Baltimore. All told, Bundy is 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA in eight career starts against Tampa Bay. Key Matchups: Matt Duffy (1-3, 2B), Carlos Gomez (1-4), Kevin Kiermaier (2-7, HR, 3 RBI, BB), Mallex Smith (4-9, RBI, 2 BB), Joey Wendle (2-6, 2B, RBI)
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— With the trade deadline looming on July 31 at 4:00 PM, there is nothing Chris Archer can do but sit, wait, and wonder if he’ll make his next start in a Rays uniform Tuesday night.
Archer told Marc Topkin (Tampa Bay Times) he was “curious” how the situation was going to be resolved after Friday’s so-so six-inning outing.
He plans to distance himself from the speculation over the next few days.
The way I have chosen to handle it is try and be as disconnected as possible. Trying to figure it out is literally impossible.
I’m just trying to enjoy every moment with my teammates regardless of the situation. We have a bunch of young, bright faces in here and it’s fun to be around them.
Atlanta, San Diego and and the Evil Empire are considered among the most interested teams, while weekend reports suggest Los Angeles and Pittsburgh may be added to the list.
Chris Archer trade rumors have far surpassed Boy Who Cried Wolf territory so I will believe nothing until I see him throw two full innings for a team that is not the Rays https://t.co/GfLfkhLNUm
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 28, 2018
Well put, Cespedes Family BBQ.
— The chances Wilson Ramos to be traded by Tuesday’s deadline have diminished with the news that a rehab outing planned for Monday will likely be pushed back due to how his strained left hamstring felt catching Vidal Nuno’s live batting practice during a workout on Saturday in Port Charlotte.
Wilson had a good day but I think he realized that it’s probably not quite going to happen on Monday, manager Kevin Cash said. I think he got really excited and realized once you add some adrenaline in there, it’s not the easiest thing to manage yourself running down a line or popping up out of a catching crouch. So he’s probably going to be a couple more days until we start talking a rehab.
— Blake Snell said his previously fatigued shoulder continues to feel good, although the big test will be a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday.
(That) will tell what’s going to happen, Snell said. (Today) is a big day.
The Rays will likely wait to see how the southpaw feels on Monday before making any decisions, but if all goes well he could rejoin the rotation as soon as Wednesday.
— Nuno’s live batting practice session went well, and he is expected to start a rehab assignment Tuesday with the Stone Crabs.
— Depending on the status of Archer and Snell, Tampa Bay plans to use LHP Jalen Beeks, RHP Yonny Chirinos and LHP Ryan Yarbrough on a modified five-or-six-day schedule, although usually behind an opener.