GDT 4/18/11: Price, Jackson Rematch

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 17: Outfielder Sam Fuld #5 of the Tampa Bay Rays signs some autographs just before the start of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field on April 17, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

The Rays continue their journey to .500, tonight sending David Price to the mound against Edwin Jackson. Jackson humbled the Rays in Chicago last week. Steve's thoughts frame this well (from SBN TB):

Monday night's game features a rematch from earlier this season: David Price (3.92 ERA, 3.69 FIP) versus Edwin Jackson (2.89 ERA, 2.31 FIP). Price has not been his dominating self in his three starts this season, only striking out 12 batters in 20 innings pitched, but he's still generating plenty of swinging strikes (10.8% whiff rate) so his results should improve going forward...

The last time the Rays faced Edwin Jackson, they had a miserable offensive game, managing only four hits against him while striking out 13 times. Jackson pounded the zone against the Rays, getting ahead in counts and punching them out with his slider. If the Rays are going to have a better showing against Jackson, they'll need to be aggressive on pitches over the plate and look for his slider late in counts.

B.J. Upton is resting (the slumbering stallion) and Johnny "Drama" Damon his nursing a hurt hand. Today's lineup, courtesy of Marc Topkin:

Sam Fuld CF
Elliot Johnson 2B
Matt Joyce LF
Felipe Lopez DH
Ben Zobrist RF
Casey Kotchman 1B
Sean Rodriguez 3B
John Jaso C
Reid Brignac SS

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