The Rays are 22-28, and have lost 9 of their last 11. They sit at the bottom of the AL East division, 9 games back. They are dealing with a couple injuries: Kevin Kiermaier, and Logan Forsythe, who are #1 and #2 on the team in bWAR. The Rays are near the bottom of the league in runs scored (23rd, 206) and have been just okay at pitching (17th, 4.11 ERA).
Eduardo Nunez: 11-27 (.407/.407/.556) in his last 6 games, 13th in the majors over the last week.
Eduardo Escobar: 3-17, with 4 strikeouts since returning from his groin injury. I believe this shows the yin and yang of baseball, or the duality of the Eduardo's.
Thursday, June 2nd, 7:10 PM CDT
Matt Moore vs
Kyle Gibson is returning from his shoulder injury, and hopes to make a strong comeback.
Scratch that, Kyle Gibson reportedly has back stiffness, so he's remaining on the DL for now.
Friday, June 3rd, 7:10 PM CDT
Jake Odorizzi vs Ricky Nolasco
Not much history for the Twins against Odorizzi, though Brian Dozier is 2-4 with a home run against him. In 11 starts he has a 3.36 ERA and has shown he can get a few strikeouts with a 7.4 K/9.
Saturday, June 4th, 3:10 PM CDT
Matt Andriese vs Ervin Santana
Andriese is a young starter for the Rays, and has done well for them so far. In 5 starts he has a 2.36 ERA. He doesn't strike out many but he's only allowed one homer this year in 34.1 innings.
Sunday, June 5th, 1:10 PM CDT
Drew Smyly vs Tyler Duffy (?)
Duffy needs to get back on track in this start, as his spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy.
Prediction: Fewer seagulls.
The Twins ran into a struggling A's team and got swept. Now they're running into a struggling Rays team, hopefully we aren't just what the Rays needed to get back into things.