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When and where: August 13, 2019, Petco Park, San Diego, CA, 10:10 PM ET
The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to trample all over the San Diego Padres in Tuesday’s interleague clash. After getting stunned at home in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rays bounced back by sweeping the Seattle Mariners in a three-game series on the road. They’ll try to win their second consecutive series meeting when facing the Padres, who are coming off a four-game series win over the Colorado Rockies. Eric Lauer gets the green light to start at pitcher for the Padres opposite of Tampa Bay’s Brendan McKay.
Cash ruins Yarbrough’s shutout in Rays’ bounce-back series
Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough was on the verge of completing a shutout against the Mariners—a spectacular feat for the young arm with only one year of big-league experience under his belt. Champagne bottles were about to be popping as the Rays completed a sweep and Yarbrough recorded his first shutout.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) August 12, 2019
Leave it to Kevin Cash to be a party pooper.
The team manager benched his young star after 8 2/3 innings holding the Mariners without a run. Yeah, yeah, yeah—we all get Cash’s reasoning behind the decision (that isn’t the point). He wanted his best option out there to close out the game considering the Rays were only ahead, 1-0. Given the tightly-contested wild card race they’re currently involved in, Cash didn’t want to put a personal accomplishment over the team. However, it still doesn’t mean Yarbrough has to like it.
“Obviously I’m a little angry, but I would think he would want me to be,” Yarbrough said after the game, via ESPN.com.
The Rays currently sit in second place in the AL East behind the New York Yankees with a 69-50 record. McKay hopes to have an equally as effective performance when he starts on the mound on Tuesday. The 23-year-old MLB newcomer is throwing a 4.55 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with a 2-2 record. He has lost two of his last three outings at home. Perhaps he’ll have better luck on the road.
Tough road ahead for the Padres
Oh, here we are August.
This is the time when the Padres are usually already eliminated from playoff contention. Don’t even attempt to do the easy mathematics in your head to ensure a Padres fan there’s still more than enough time for the team to get things right. How long have they been in situations like this? 13 years?
That’s a long time for any team to go without playoff contention. It’s even worse for the Padres considering they have ranked in fourth or fifth place in the NL West division for the last four seasons. Another disappointing end looks to be inevitable for 2019 with them currently sitting in fourth place with a 55-62 record. The forever rebuilding project continues with little to show for it for the Padres, except for a recent series win over the Rockies—one of the few teams they should beat.
After an ugly game against the Rockies, Lauer hopes to redeem himself when he steps onto the mound against the Rays on Tuesday. The 24-year-old lefty watched helplessly as his pitches were smacked around for 10 hits and three runs in only four innings of action. He is throwing a 4.51 ERA on the season with a 6-8 record.
- Padres are 2-5 in Lauer’s last 7 starts with 4 days of rest.
- Padres are 2-5 in Lauer’s last 7 Tuesday starts.
- Padres are 22-50 in their last 72 interleague games against a left-handed starter.
- Padres are 18-43 in their last 61 games against a left-handed starter.
- Rays are 11-4 in their last 15 games against teams in the National League West.
- Rays are 54-23 in their last 77 interleague games against a team with a losing record.
- Rays are 60-27 in their last 87 games against a team with a losing record.
- Rays are 35-16 in their last 51 road games games a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Things are about to get significantly more difficult for the Padres after spending a weekend beating up on the Rockies. The Rays won’t offer anywhere near the offensive leeway the Padres received from the second-worst run-scoring defense in baseball in the Rockies. While the Rays haven’t been nearly as consistent on the offensive end, they are on the opposite end of the spectrum than the Rockies, allowing only 3.86 runs per game on defense.
That straight and narrow road of offensive success is about to turn into hills and mountains for the Padres against the Rays’ defense. McKay is still a young pitcher the Rays are attempting to work into the mix, but he’ll enter the game with the overall better defense and pitching rotation backing him.
The Rays are used to holding opponents to low run totals and doing just enough on the offensive side of things to eke out victories. It’ll be tough for the Padres to even be in position to bring runners across home plate when they rank in the bottom-half of the league in on-base percentage (.312). That’s a bad statistic to be struggling in when meeting one of the stingiest defenses in baseball. Give me the Rays on Tuesday.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Rays (-116)
Full-Game Total Pick
I’m not expecting any offensive fireworks, but given the starters on the mound for both teams, it shouldn’t be too hard for the offenses to clear a combined eight points. McKay is still working on his comfort level pitching in the majors, while Lauer just gave up 10 hits at home against the Rockies. Both pitchers being very hittable has me leaning towards the over betting total here.
Prediction: Over (8)