After a disappointing game last night in which the Rays were shutout for the 2nd time in three games and lost due to single unearned run. The Rays will return to the Trop tonight, where they are currently winless during this homestead. Also in last night's game, Ryan Brett, who has only been with the team for a few days was injured as basically dislocated his shoulder. Although it is unknown if he's going on the DL, it's expected, so look for the Rays to callup yet another player from Durham.
Here's how the Rays will lineup, with Kevin Kiermaier making his return.
#Rays lineup: DeJesus DH Souza Jr. RF Cabrera SS Longoria 3B Jennings LF Dykstra 1B Forsythe 2B Kiermaier CF Rivera C - RHP Karns— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) April 22, 2015
The Rays will send Nathan Karns to the mound against Joe Kelly, whom the Red Sox acquired at last year's trade deadline along with Allen Craig for John Lackey and Cory Littrell. Kelly began the season on the DL after suffereing a bicep injury during spring training, but was activated on April 11th and had a great start going seven innings, only allowing one run.
Kelly throws a fastball and a sinker in the upper nineties, while also throwing a slider in the eighties, and a slow curve in the upper seventies. He also throws a change in mid-eighties. He keeps his fastball low and away to both lefties and righties. Kelly also does the same with his sinker, making it tail away from lefties and tries to catch the outside corner to righties. Kelly throws his slider in the bottom of the zone, with it eventually falling out of the zone. Kelly hasn't thrown his curve ball much, but when he does he tries to drop it on the outside corner to lefties. He hasn't thrown his changeup in the zone yet this year, with it dropping below the strikezone each time he's tried it. I'm sensing a theme here.
Kelly has heavily favored using his sinker and fastball this year, throwing the former 40% of the time and latter 32% of time. He uses his slider 15% of time, while his curve and change, 7% and 4% of the time.
Here's Ian's Projections:
Editor's note: Damn right DeJesus is leading off.
Other Rays News:
- Drew Smyly officially announced as the starter on Friday, the starter for Saturday is TBA, and Archer will start Sunday.
In addition Drew Smyly will start Friday, Saturday is TBA and Sunday is Archer
— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) April 22, 2015
- MLB released the current results for the Franchise Four voting and Evan Longoria, David Price, James Shields, and Ben Zobrist lead the way. Personally I think it's travesty that Carl Crawford and Dan Johnson aren't on there. For how your ballot should look, refer to Todd Kalas. He chose Crawford, Shields, Longoria, and wrote in Danjo
- Jeff Beliveau to have surgery, Ryan Brett to the DL, Jake Elmore promoted
#Rays have put INF Ryan Brett on the 15 day DL, moved Jeff Beliveau to the 60-day (surgery tom for labral tear), Elmore selected to TB— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) April 22, 2015
- Here's some info on how Elmore has done so far with the Bulls