5/22 Pitchers vs Hitters Matchups – Game 1 at Tropicana Field

 

It is SALE DAY!

Chris Sale and the major league leading 32 wins Red Sox, match up with the Rays at Tropicana Field tonight. The Yankees trounced the Royals last night in a 10-1 blow-out, as they gained a 0.5 game advantage.

Chris Sale is on the mound, and coming off of a win against Oakland.  All signs point to Sale getting his 5th win of the season, while the offense goes to bat against Faria. Sale, surprisingly, has not been one of the better pitchers in 2018.

Sale’s MLB Rankings — 3rd in Strikeouts (87), 10th in Innings (63), 8th in ERA (2.29), 8th in WHIP (0.92), and 7th in opp batting avg (.189).

Jacob Faria takes the ball for the Rays. This season has been pretty much a mixed bag. Faria holds a 5.20 ERA on the year. But, just three of his nine starts, has he given up more than 3 earned runs. And two of those starts, were ugly as he was slaughtered by giving up 7 and 8 Runs in those starts. That 8 run affair was courtesy of our Red Sox. The Sox bats will look to give Sale an immediate lead for him to work on.


Chris Sale— Career vs Tampa Bay Rays in 17 games (15 starts), 8-5 with a 3.10 ERA. Career at Tropicana Field in 9 games (8 starts), 3-3 with a 2.02 ERA.


Tampa Bay Rays:

Willy Adames —– (major league debut, top prospect)

Christian Arroyo —–

C.J. Cron – 0 for 13, Walk, 8 Ks

Matt Duffy – 0 for 3, K

Johnny Field —–

Brad Miller – 0 for 5, 2 Ks

Wilson Ramos – 4 for 13 (.308 avg) Double, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 Ks

Rob Refsnyder – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 2 Walks, K

Daniel Robertson – 0 for 9, 2 Walks, 6 Ks

Mallex Smith – 1 for 7 (.143 avg) 2 Ks

Denard Span – 3 for 12 (.250 avg) Triple, RBI, Walk, 2 Ks

Jesus Scure – 0 for 1, Walk


Jacob Faria — Career vs Boston Red Sox in 4 games (3 starts), 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA. Career at Tropicana Field in 11 games (10 starts), 5-2 with a 2.64 ERA.


Boston Red Sox:

Andrew Benintendi – 1 for 3 (.333 avg) 3 Walks

Mookie Betts – 3 for 7 (.429 avg) Double, Walk

Xander Boagerts – 2 for 5 (.400 avg) Double, HR, 6 RBIs

Jackie Bradley Jr – 0 for 6, Walk, K

Rafael Devers – 1 for 4 (.250 avg) RBI, 2 Walks, K

Brock Holt – 0 for 3

Sandy Leon – 0 for 3

JD Martinez – 1 for 6 (.167 avg) 2 RBIs, Walk, 4 Ks

Mitch Moreland – 0 for 5, Walk

Eduardo Nunez – 0 for 1

Hanley Ramirez – 1 for 5 (.200 avg) K

Blake Swihart – 1 for 1 (1.000 avg) Walk

Christian Vazquez – 0 for 3

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