The Rays stroll into Seattle for a three game set against the Mariners. Tampa Bay looks to continue their winning ways, throwing Alex Cobb, Matt Moore, and Jeremy Hellickson on the mound in the next three days. It’s questionable which days Joe Maddon will put Evan Longoria in the lineup, following six straight days as DH. Maddon inferred that Longoria may get Monday off following the long flight from Minnesota. In any case, we’ll know more shortly.
- Tampa Bay has posted a .240 BA/.269 OBP/.400 SLG/.669 OPS line against Beaven, with a pair of doubles, a pair of homers, and six RBI. Key match-ups: Jose Molina (3-7, 2B, 2 RBI), Jeff Keppinger (1-3).
- They’ve posted a .222 BA/.319 OBP/.342 SLG/.660 OPS line Against Millwood, with three doubles, a triple, three homers, and 13 RBI. Key match-ups: Jeff Keppinger (2-2, HR, BB), Evan Longoria (3-6, HR, 2B, 2 BB)
- Oh King Felix. The Rays have proven they can beat Hernandez, though it won’t be easy. Nevertheless, they’ve posted a .172 BA/.256 OBP/.204 SLG/.460 OPS line against King Felix, with five doubles, and five RBI. Key match-up: Evan Longoria (6-16, BB, RBI).
- Whoa, the Rays have looked like an offensive juggernaut over the last seven days. Putting up a .286 BA/.353 OBP/.450 SLG/.803 OPS line, Tampa Bay has averaged just over six runs a game. Compare that to just over three runs per game the few preceding weeks.