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Rays vs White Sox Preview: Jacob Faria Makes His MLB Debut

The Rays hope to snap their four game skid behind a rookie

Ozzie Gullen #13...
This guy finished his playing career with the Devil Rays, then went on to manage the White Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays are in a funk right now where nothing is going their way. Thus resulting in a four game losing skid in which they’ve dropped their record down to 29-31, but still just five and half games off the pace from the first place Yankees. Thankfully for the Rays, the whole division has been struggling as well so they aren’t losing too much ground.

The Chicago White Sox meanwhile snapped a losing skid of their own last night as they ended their five game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Rays. With their recent losing ways, the White Sox fell are now 25-31 on the season and five games back of the division leading Twins.

Starting Pitchers

Jacob Faria is set to make his major league debut for the Rays tonight as the team promoted the 2011 11th round pick this morning (placing Brad Miller back on the DL to clear a roster spot). Faria has been dominant thus far in Durham this season, ranking second in Triple-A in total strikeouts and strikeout percentage.

Mike Pelfrey will oppose the Rays rookie. So far in 2017, the deepest Pelfrey has pitched is a 6 inning performance back on May 20th so the White Sox bullpen should be prepped and ready, Pelfrey is averaging under 5 innings a start in 2017. His last time out was on the 31st against the Red Sox where he held Boston scoreless for five innings, yielding just two hits while he walked two and struck out five.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

Leury Garcia - CF Corey Dickerson - DH
Melky Cabrera - LF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Jose Abreu - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Avisail Garcia - RF Logan Morrison - 1B
Todd Frazier - 3B Steven Souza - RF
Matt Davidson - DH Colby Rasmus - LF
Tim Anderson - SS Tim Beckham - SS
Kevan Smith - C Daniel Robertson - 2B
Yolmer Sanchez - 2B Derek Norris - C
Mike Pelfrey - RHP Jacob Faria - RHP