Last night the Rays bats were quiet yet again, as the only run came from a solo homer from Logan Forsythe. The Rays have only scored three runs in their past 27 innings, resulting in three straight losses, but they're somehow miraculously in first place by a half game over New York. Forsythe has been responsible for all of the team's three runs over the last three games.
God bless Logan Forsythe.
Trying to snap the streak tonight, the Rays will send Alex Colome to the mound, coming off a very good start against Oakland. So far this year, Colome is 3-1 with a 4.81 ERA and a 4.21 FIP in 24 plus innings over five games. Colome also sports a 18.6 K% and 2.9 BB%.
In his last start, he went five shutout innings, while allowing four hits, striking out three, and walked one.
Opposing Colome, the Mariners will send J.A. Happ to the mound.
Happ is off to a good start so far in his ninth year in the majors, coming into play today, he sports a record of 3-1, with a 3.61 ERA and a 3.61 FIP over the course of eight starts and 47 plus innings pitched. His last start only lasted two innings, due to rain. But, in his start prior to that, he went seven innings and only allowed one run against Boston.
#Mariners lineup: Jackson CF, Smith RF, Cano 2B, Cruz DH, Seager 3B, Morrison 1B, Castillo C, Miller LF, Taylor SS. Happ P.— Troy Provost-Heron (@Troy_Provost) May 26, 2015
Souza and Cabrera still aren't available, so the Rays will again have a limited bench with only DeJesus and Wilson available.
#Rays lineup: Guyer RF, Butler DH, Longoria 3B, Forsythe 1B, Beckham SS, Elmore LF, Kiermaier CF, Franklin 2B, Rivera C. Colome P.— Troy Provost-Heron (@Troy_Provost) May 26, 2015
To back up first base, David DeJesus has started taking groundballs at first base. These are your first place Tampa Bay Rays.
J.A. Happ Scouting Report:
Happ can throw five pitches; a fastball (39%) and sinker (26%) in the low-to-mid 90's, a cutter (10%) and change (12%) in the mid-to-high 80's, and a curve (14%) in the high 70's.
With his fastball, Happ keeps it down and away to lefties, while using it anywhere in the zone to righties. Happ rarely uses his sinker to lefties (only has used it twice to them so far), while having it sink down and away from the zone to righties. He uses his cutter to run low and away from lefties, usually landing it out of the zone, while to righties he usually throws it below the zone. He hasn't used his change to a lefty yet this season, but to righties he usually drop it low or below the zone. He's thrown his curve sporadically in the zone to lefties, and he buries it down and in to righties, usually falling through the zone.
Happ has a 19.5 K% and a 5.6 BB% in 47 and a third innings pitched. So far opponents are hitting line drives 25%, ground balls 42%, and fly balls 46% of the time off him.
Other Rays Notes:
- The first update in the Allstar Game balloting has been released, and not a single Rays player is among the leaders.
The first AL #ASG Balloting Update is in: pic.twitter.com/rTfDmFsKj8— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) May 26, 2015
- Cuban outfielder Dayron Varona, who the Rays signed last week, was assigned to Charlotte. Marty Gannt was removed from the roster to make room for him
Cuban outfielder Dayron Varona has been added to the #StoneCrabs active roster. Signed minor league contract with #Rays on May 8.— Josh Vitale (@JoshVitale) May 26, 2015
Amid lots of chatter here is another potential candidate for #Rays fill-in 1B: Casey Kotchman, hitting .364 w/.972 OPS for #Royals AAA team.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) May 26, 2015
Time to see the starters for the 2015 TACO ALL-STARS! How did sour cream and guac do? http://t.co/JytWxN1zBF pic.twitter.com/Vgwl59jxtR— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 26, 2015
May 26 in Rays History:
- Travis Lee (1975) and Ben Zobrist (1981) are born
- 1999 - Tony Saunders breaks his arm while delivering a pitch in the third inning, effectively ending his major league career. You can read about his promising career that was cut short, here.
- 2000 - Steve Cox blasts his first career HR
- 2012 - Fernando Rodney suffers his first blown save, it what would turn out to be a historic season, as he serves up a walk-off two run homer to Jarod Saltalamachia to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win.