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Rays vs Marlins Preview: Will the Rays get over .500?

The Rays send their former top prospect to the hill against the Marlins

Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins head to the Trop as they’ll complete the final two games of the Citrus Series. The Rays took the first two games down in Miami to get back to the .500 mark while the Marlins have now dropped to 11-14 on the season.

Going to the hill tonight will be Blake Snell facing off against Adam Conley. This morning, the Rays announced they had promoted Jose Alvarado from Double-A Montgomery, and optioned Chih-Wei Hu back to Triple-A Durham. First pitch is at 7:10pm.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

J.T. Realmuto - C Tim Beckham - SS
Martin Prado - 3B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Christian Yelich - CF Evan Longoria - DH
Giancarlo Stanton - DH Steven Souza - RF
Marcell Ozuna - LF Brad Miller - 2B
Justin Bour - 1B Rickie Weeks - 1B
Miguel Rojas - 2B Daniel Robertson - 3B
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Jesus Sucre - C
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Peter Bourjos - LF
Adam Conley - LHP Blake Snell - LHP

Starting Pitchers

Blake Snell is coming off a solid outing as he tried to overcome his early season struggles. He still went just five innings, but allowed only two runs on six hits. Walks remained a problem as he allowed three more free passes, but also picked up three strikeouts as well.

Adam Conley did not have a very nice outing during his last start. Heading into the start, he had put up solid numbers, but he would be blasted by the Pirates to the tune of nine runs on five hits, including a home run, while he walked three and struck out two...all of this came before he departed with two outs in the second inning.

His Arsenal

Conly features a fastball, change-up, and slider. The fastball will touch the low 90’s while the off-speed deliveries hover in the low 80’s. He’ll throw the fastball nearly 70% of the time so hitters can expect the heat for the most part while the change and slider get about equal usage.

His Splits

Command has been a problem for Conley which has been his undoing throughout his brief major league career. He generally performs better against RHB, however hitters usually succeed against him no matter what side they hit from.