|TAMPA BAY ( CASTILLO )|
TEXAS ( MENDEZ )
|965||TAMPA BAY||-150||Ov 10.5,+105||-145||Ov 10,-110|
|966||TEXAS||+140||Un 10.5,-125||+135||Un 10,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-17||+10.6||14-25||4.2||0.251||0.317||0.384||0.701||3.2||0.219||0.288||0.331||0.619|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||2-5||3.3||0.253||0.331||0.422||0.753||2.0||0.159||0.223||0.273||0.495|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-57||-4||46-50||4.5||0.234||0.309||0.389||0.699||5.1||0.265||0.324||0.437||0.761|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||3-4||2.0||0.188||0.243||0.300||0.543||3.7||0.257||0.337||0.423||0.761|
|9/5/2018||GLASNOW(R)||@ TORONTO||SANCHEZ(R)||3-10||L||-125||8.5 un||O||6||7||0||16||11||0|
|9/17/2018||GLASNOW(R)||@ TEXAS||SAMPSON(R)||3-0||W||-140||10.5 un||U||8||6||0||2||6||1|
|9/18/2018||SNELL(L)||@ TEXAS||GALLARDO(R)||4-0||W||-190||9.5 un||U||15||13||1||4||5||0|
|9/19/2018||CASTILLO(R)||@ TEXAS||MENDEZ(L)|| |
|9/20/2018||CHIRINOS(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)|| |
|9/21/2018|| ||@ TORONTO||REID-FOLEY(R)|| |
|9/22/2018||GLASNOW(R)||@ TORONTO||PANNONE(L)|| |
|9/23/2018||SNELL(L)||@ TORONTO||BORUCKI(L)|| |
|9/24/2018|| ||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|9/25/2018|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/26/2018|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|9/5/2018||COLON(R)||LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)||3-9||L||+105||10 ov||O||6||6||2||16||9||0|
|9/7/2018||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||HENDRIKS(R)||4-8||L||170||9 ev||O||8||8||1||10||10||0|
|9/8/2018||MENDEZ(L)||@ OAKLAND||JACKSON(R)||6-8||L||165||9.5 ov||O||9||4||1||9||7||0|
|9/9/2018||SPRINGS(L)||@ OAKLAND||CAHILL(R)||3-7||L||210||9 un||O||4||5||2||9||5||0|
|9/10/2018||MINOR(L)||@ LA ANGELS||BARRIA(R)||5-2||W||115||8.5 un||U||7||7||1||8||11||0|
|9/11/2018||SAMPSON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||JOHNSON(R)||0-1||L||145||9 ov||U||2||5||0||2||3||0|
|9/12/2018||GALLARDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||PENA(R)||1-8||L||155||8.5 ov||O||8||7||1||11||6||0|
|9/14/2018||SADZECK(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||4-0||W||130||8 ov||U||9||3||0||5||6||1|
|9/15/2018||CLAUDIO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAUER(L)||6-3||W||125||8.5 ov||O||9||8||0||8||8||0|
|9/16/2018||MINOR(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||NIX(R)||3-7||L||-125||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||8||4||0|
|9/17/2018||SAMPSON(R)||TAMPA BAY||GLASNOW(R)||0-3||L||+130||10.5 un||U||2||6||1||8||6||0|
|9/18/2018||GALLARDO(R)||TAMPA BAY||SNELL(L)||0-4||L||+180||9.5 un||U||4||5||0||15||13||1|
|9/19/2018||MENDEZ(L)||TAMPA BAY||CASTILLO(R)|| |
|9/21/2018||JURADO(R)||SEATTLE|| || |
|9/24/2018||GALLARDO(R)||@ LA ANGELS||PENA(R)|| |
|9/25/2018|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|9/26/2018|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|TAMPA BAY: 017: 80-82, third place.
MANAGER: Kevin Cash (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Denard Span, 1B C.J. Cron, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, OF Jake Bauers.
SUBTRACTIONS: 3B Evan Longoria, RHP Alex Cobb, RHP Jake Odorizzi, OF-DH Corey Dickerson, OF Steven Souza Jr., 1B Logan Morrison, 1B-DH Lucas Duda, RHP Brad Boxberger, RHP Steve Cishek, RHP Tommy Hunter, OF Peter Bourjos, INF Trever Plouffe, RHP Chase Whitley.
OUTLOOK: The Rays sport a new look after a winter of trimming payroll. In addition to the departures of Cobb and Odorizzi, the heart of a batting order that hit a club-record 228 homers ' Longoria, Dickerson, Souza and Morrison ' is gone, too. Archer, a two-time All-Star, is set to make his franchise-record fourth opening day start, and Colome is back at closer, too. The question that remains unanswered is, for how long? Cash and general manager Erik Neander aren't making any bold predictions but they insist that despite all the changes, the Rays have a chance to be a lot more competitive than it appears on paper.
|TEXAS: 2017: 78-84, tied for third place.
MANAGER: Jeff Banister (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: LHP Mike Minor, LHP Matt Moore, RHP Doug Fister, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Bartolo Colon, 1B Tommy Joseph.
SUBTRACTIONS: 1B-DH Mike Napoli, CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Andrew Cashner, RHP Jason Grilli, RHP A.J. Griffin, LHP Dario Alvarez.
OUTLOOK: AL West champs in each of Banister's first two seasons, the Rangers are coming off their second losing season in nine years. With most of their everyday lineup back, they should be able to hit and score runs again. But in a division with the defending World Series champs and other improved teams, Texas must depend on a revamped rotation ' maybe using six starters in some variation ' and the hope that its bullpen will be drastically improved. The Rangers scored 799 runs last year and ranked third in the majors with 237 homers. Seven returning players had at least 17. That group is led by Gallo, now the primary first baseman after playing three positions in his first full big league season. Hamels, the clear No. 1 starter now that Yu Darvish is gone, missed seven weeks in 2017 with an oblique strain and threw fewer than 200 innings for the first time since 2009. Perez could unexpectedly be ready for opening day after breaking his non-pitching elbow in a mishap on his ranch in Venezuela before Christmas. Fister didn't pitch his first major league game last season until June, and Minor hasn't started since 2014 with the Braves.
|Rangers in search of runs vs. Rays|
Texas will still be looking for its first run of the series when the Rangers and the playoff-hopeful Tampa Bay Rays square off Wednesday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington for the finale of their three-game set.
The Rangers will send left-hander Yohander Mendez (2-1, 3.86) to the mound while Tampa Bay has not announced a starter and will likely go with the "opener" strategy that Rays manager Kevin Cash has popularized this season.
The Rangers lost 4-0 on Tuesday to Tampa Bay's Cy Young Award candidate Blake Snell a night after a streak of 106 home games without being shut out ended with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tyler Glasnow and three relievers.
Until Monday, Texas was the only major league team that hadn't been shut out at home this season. They've gone 21 innings without scoring a run.
"The two guys we faced the past two games have been very tough and had plus-breaking pitches they can throw for strikes," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "You don't like (not scoring runs) but I still have faith in this offense. We needed to do something early and couldn't anything done."
Ji-Man Choi has been a big part of the Rays' surge that's seen them win 13 of their past 16 contests.
The Rays are 5 1/2 games behind Oakland for a wild card spot after Oakland's 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has 12 games to play.
On Monday in a 3-0 win over Texas, Choi hit his eighth homer in 43 games covering 146 at-bats since getting called up July 11 after being acquired from the Brewers for Brad Miller, who has since been released. Projected over a full season, Choi could rip off 30 dingers, and he a permanent fixture in the middle of the Rays lineup.
"I keep telling myself to focus on every at-bat and do what I can do, do my best, and the results will follow," Choi told the Tampa Bay Times through a Korean interpreter on the phone. "I just keep doing what I have to do at the plate."
On Tuesday, Choi had a hit, a walk and a run-scoring ground out in three plate appearances
Cash said Choi's been locked in, even hitting the ball hard to all parts of the park when he's not recording hits.
"He's been hot, and now it seems like he's getting big hits for a couple weeks," Cash said. "I know how you can project numbers and I think it's fair to say if he got consistent at-bats that you could see some pretty damaging numbers."
The 23-year-old Mendez will make his sixth appearance and fourth start of the season. It will be his 15th major league appearance and fourth big league start overall.
Mendez has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his last three games (two starts) and will be working on four days' rest after earning the relief win in Rangers' 4-0 shutout victory Friday at San Diego. He has never faced Tampa Bay.
|Last Updated: 12/12/2018 6:25:35 PM EST|