Orioles 7, RAYS 1 (boxscore)
THE GOOD: Standings. We go through this every year and it is not a coincidence. Younger players tend to be streaky which means teams with lots of young players are going to be streaky. Veterans are more used to the long grind of a 162-game season and are likely to be better suited to pull out of slumps. The good news is the Rays suck right now and yet they are still 7-7 and only a half-game behind the Yankees and Blue Jays.
THE BAD: Chris Archer. Just a bad night for Archer. His pitches looked like they had the typical velocity and movement. But he did rely more heavily on his slider than normal, with 40% of his pitches being breaking balls last night compared to just 30% in his first 2 starts. Either this was a game plan for the O’s, Archer didn’t feel good about his fastball, or he felt too good about the slide…Numbers. All of the numbers look bad. The Rays have been outscored 19-5 in the past 2 games. They have averaged just 1.8 runs per game over their past 8 games.
THE TELLING: Brad Boxberger made his debut with the Rays, pitching one scoreless inning…Cesar Ramos is scheduled to start on Friday against the Yankees. In addition, Jake Odorizzi has the flu and the Rays scratched Enny Romero from his start in Durham last night in case he is needed tonight for the Rays….Juan Carlos Oviedo is about a week away from joining the team.
THE JUNKYARD DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- Joe Maddon thinks the recent spike in arm injuries among pitchers is directly linked to the kids throwing too many pitches when they are younger. [USA Today]
- What does the future hold for Mike Glennon? [JoeBucsFan]
- DOWN ON THE FARM [boxscores]: With Enny Romero scratched from his start in Durham, the Bulls used 5 pitchers to combine on a 3-hit shutout. Juan Carlos Oviedo pitched a perfect 4th inning with one strikeout. Vince Belnome hit his first home run of the year and Mikie Mahtook went 5-5 with a triple. Mahtook is 15-34 in the last 8 games and has raised his average to .356. Catcher Justin O’Conner hit his first home run of the year for Charlotte.
Brandon Guyer was interviewed prior to the game by his wife, who is a reporter in D.C.