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Game Notes: Ramirez vs Chen

Hopefully tonight, the six game losing streak is snapped.

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Last night's loss to the Orioles sucked, and I will refrain from mentioning it again, with the exception of this first paragraph. The Rays have now lost their past six games in a row, and the last three were lost as a result of the opponents final at-bats. Nonetheless, they're still only 1 game back in the AL East despite now being a game under .500.

Today, the Rays will send Erasmo Ramirez to the mound to face off against Wei-Yin Chen. Ramirez had his last start on Sunday and was doing decently until he fell apart in the sixth inning when he followed a walk and hitting a batter, with a three run homerun. The Rays would go on to lose that game, 7-2. Heading into play today, Erasmo Ramirez is 2-2, with a 6.62 ERA and 4.72 FIP in 35.1 innings pitched over 12 games. He also has a 19 K% and 10.5 BB%.

His opponent, Chen, has been a quality starter in Baltimore's rotation so far this year. He had a career year last year, winning 16 games to go along with a 3.54 ERA and 3.89 FIP. This season, he has a record of 1-3, with a 3.13 ERA and 4.34 FIP in 54.2 innings pitched over 9 starts.

Today's Lineups

Brandon Guyer - CF Manny Machado - 3B
Joey Butler - LF Travis Snider - LF
Evan Longoria - 3B Jimmy Paredes - DH
Logan Forsythe - 2B Chris Davis - 1B
Steven Souza - RF Delmon Young - RF
Jake Elmore - 1B Steve Clevenger - C
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS J.J. Hardy - SS
Tim Beckham - DH David Lough - CF
Rene Rivera - C Ryan Flaherty - 2B
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Wei-Yin Chen - LHP

Wei-Yin Chen Scouting Report:

Chen can attack opposing hitters with five pitches: A fastball (52%) and sinker (12%) in the low 90's, a slider (18%) and splitter (12%) in the low 80's, and a curve (7%) in the low 70's.

Chen will use his fastball anywhere in the zone to any opposing hitter, while keeping his sinker in on lefties and running away from righties. He uses his slider to sweep down and away from the zone to lefties, while burying it down and in to righties. He rarely uses his splitter to lefties (only has thrown 1 this year), while keeping middle-away from righties. Chen will use his curve anywhere in the zone to lefties, while burying it down and in to righties.

So far this season, Chen is producing line drives 16%, ground balls 39%, and fly balls 45% of the time. To go along with his 19.3 K% and 6.1 BB%. Chen is also producing the softest contact of his career, as it sits at 23.4% and his career total is 16.5%.

Other Rays Notes:

- The Rays starters have been very good.

- The Rays offense has not been good.

- The Rays bullpen has not been good.

- That is unfortunate for the Rays rotation, which has been good.

- May 30th in Rays History

  • Jae Kuk Ryu (1983) and Manny Ramirez (1972) are born.
  • 1999 - The team sets a new franchise record with 10 extra base hits, including homeruns from Jose Canseco, Fred McGriff, John Flaherty, and Paul Sorrento in a 15-7 rout of the Seattle Mariners
  • 2002 - The Devil Rays walkoff against the Athletics, after Greg Vaughn his a game winning double in the 13th inning
  • 2005 - Chad Orvella is promoted from Double-A Montgomery
  • 2008 - The Rays walkoff against the White Sox as Cliff Floyd lifts a Solo-HR in the bottom of the 9th inning against Scott Linebrink
  • 2010 -
  • 2013 - Alex Colome makes his MLB debut. His line: 5.2 IP / 5 H / 7 K / 2 BB / 0 R
  • 2014 - Red Sox walk off against the Rays after Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings collide in the outfield. It would later be revealed that Myers had fractured his wrist as a result.