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Rays vs Orioles Preview: It’s Raining, a lot

Weather permitting, the Rays and O’s will play tonight

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays let another late lead slip away from them last night as the Baltimore Orioles took a come-from-behind victory, 6-3. The Orioles scored five runs over their last half innings at the plate while the Rays were done scoring after the fourth inning.

The loss dropped the Rays record to 10-11 on the season while the Orioles improved to 13-5. Today, weather permitting, the Rays and Orioles are scheduled to play the second game of the series with Erasmo Ramirez set to face Wade Miley at 7:05pm.

Starting Pitchers

Erasmo Ramirez was fantastic his last time out as he filled in splendidly for the injured Jake Odorizzi. Ramirez surrendered a leadoff home run and then he stymied the Detroit Tigers for five innings as he allowed that lone run and just one more hit, while he walked none and struck out five over five innings pitched.

Wade Miley is off to a fine start to the season (3-0, 1.89 ERA), as he had one of the best performances of his seven year career during last time on the mound. He allowed just one run, which came on a solo HR, while he allowed just one more hit. He also walked a batter and struck out 11 over eight innings pitched against the Cincinnati Reds.

Miley’s Arsenal

So far in 2017, Miley has thrown five different pitches (fastball, sinker, slider, change-up, and a curveball). The slowest pitch he’ll throw is the curve, which will be in the mid 70’s, while the change-up and slider will come in the mid 80’s, with the faster pitches coming in the low 90’s.

He heavily favors his sinker against righties, mixing in his fastball and slider, and occasional his other pitches. Meanwhile, to lefties he’ll use his sinker the most often, with an equal mix of his curveball, sinker, and fastball while he rarely uses his change-up.

Miley’s 2016 Splits

Miley can carve up left-handed hitters so expect Kevin Cash to stack his lineup with righties, who fared much better against him during the 2016 season. His numbers through the order were pretty even the first two times around, but once he gets to a batter for a third time, things go badly.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Steven Souza - RF Seth Smith - RF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Adam Jones - CF
Evan Longoria - 3B Manny Machado - 3B
Brad Miller - 2B Chris Davis - 1B
Rickie Weeks - DH Mark Trumbo - DH
Logan Morrison - 1B Hyun Soo Kim - LF
Tim Beckham - SS Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Derek Norris - C J.J. Hardy - SS
Peter Bourjos - LF Caleb Joseph - C
Erasmo Ramirez - RHP Wade Miley - LHP