The Tampa Bay Rays will begin a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox tonight at Tropicana Field.
Matt Andriese (5-3, 4.66 ERA, 5.02 FIP) will get the start for the Rays, pitching opposite of Chris Sale (16-7, 2.76 ERA, 2.20 FIP).
Andriese was knocked out in the second inning after he allowed eight runs (six earned) in his last start against the Red Sox. One had to question his sequence of pitches in the first inning at-bat vs. Dustin Pedroia. He followed a dust-off pitch with a heater that was up and over the inner third of the plate — right in Pedroia’s juice zone. From there, things spiraled out of control for the Rays, who appeared to be no match for the very aggressive Red Sox. Expect Andriese to be on a very short leash Friday night.
Sale will face the Rays for the sixth and final time this season. Boston took a lead in the first inning last weekend against Tampa Bay, which was more run support than Sale would need — allowing him to easily collect his 16th victory of the season. The southpaw has fared well against Tampa Bay thus far, going 4-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 2017, although he’s pitched even better Tropicana Field over his career, going 3-3 with a 1.75 ERA. Sale is 9-5 with a 2.72 ERA in 17 road starts this season. Key Matchups: Curt Casali (3-7, 2B, HR, RBI), Danny Espinosa (2-5), Kevin Kiermaier (4-11, HR, 3 RBI, BB), Logan Morrison (5-15, HR, RBI, 2 BB), Trevor Plouffe (15-52, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 4 BB), Wilson Ramos (3-8, 2B, HR, 3 RBI)
Don’t forget to bring some donations for those effected by Hurricane Irma. The Rays will host a food drive all weekend. Per the team’s press release:
The Tampa Bay Rays and Rays players are asking fans to help with hurricane relief efforts. You can donate by going to youcaring.com/raysirmarelief. To continue Roberto Clemente’s legacy of care and compassion, the Rays will be hosting the Feeding Tampa Bay Food Drive, supported by First Class Moving, all weekend long. All fans who donate unopened cans and non-perishable food items will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to a 2018 Rays home game (some exclusions apply).
Items of greatest need include canned, ready-to-eat items with pull-tops (e.g. vegetables, fruit); protein in pouches or pull-top cans (e.g. tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken); snacks (e.g. protein bars, granola bars, etc.); peanut butter; toiletries, paper goods, diapers; and cleaning supplies (e.g. mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray). Donations can be dropped off to collection areas outside of Gate 1, inside Gate 1 and inside Gate 3. Rays Season Ticket Holders will also have a special collection area inside the Republic Bank Draft Room. Season Ticket Holders who donate in the Draft Room will receive Rays Rewards Points. Thank you for your support – together, we can make a difference.
Rays 9/15/17 Starting Lineup
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— The Rays have activated RHP Jake Faria activated from the 10-day DL. He will be available tonight out of bullpen, likely pitching behind Matt Andriese who will be on a short leash.
— After making a rather distasteful jab at the Rays and Logan Morrison, the New York Yankees will donate $500,000 to Hurricane Irma relief efforts, with $250,000 going to Red Cross, and $250,000 to Salvation Army. Being someone effected by Irma, I can safely say that the Yankees can shove their money up their own asses.