The Tampa Bay Rays sit slumped in the cellar of the American League East with a 5-9 record with the third worst win percentage in the junior circuit. The Rays will hand the ball to their ace David Price tonight hopeful for a big outing against their division rival Baltimore Orioles. The Rays are currently on a one game winning streak after a 6-2 victory the evening against the O’s.
Price, who is the reigning CY Young award winner, will look to improve upon his 0-1 record and his 5.82 earned run average. Price is two starts removed from an eight run shellacking at the hands of the Cleveland Indians. If the Rays are going to be a beast in the east again this year they will need to rely heavily on the left arm of their ace.
The Rays are last in the American League in runs scored with 45 and third to last in home runs with only 10 round trippers in their first 14 games. The slumping offense has triggered much debate on whether the Rays should promote blue chip prospect Wil Myers to ignite the offense.
Regardless, if the Rays plan to keep the win streak alive they will need to score runs tonight against the Orioles and starter Miguel Gonzalez. The hurler has already beaten the Rays once this season limiting them to five hits over six innings pitched.
Settle in, it should be a good pitching match-up tonight at Camden Yards.