The Tampa Bay Rays are finally playing an opponent out of the American League East following 9 straight games to against the Red Sox and Yankees to open the season.
The Rays have lost eight games in a row (1-8) while the White Sox come into play with a record of 3-5.
Today, the Rays will have a short bench following Brad Miller’s placement on the disabled list, as well as Kevin Kiermaier’s lingering ailments.
Chris Archer vs Miguel Gonzalez
Archer is coming off his second start of the season, in which he pitched five innings against the Yankees in New York. He surrendered four runs on six hits -- one home run — while walking three and striking out eight.
Miguel Gonzalez Scouting Report
Gonzalez made his season debut on the 3rd against the Blue Jays in Toronto and was shelled to the tune six runs (five earned) on eight hits — two home runs — while he walked two and stuck out four over five innings of work.
In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Splitter (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (87mph), Curve (78mph) and Sinker (91mph).
Basic description of 2018 pitches compared to other RHP: His fourseam fastball generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has slightly below average velo and has some added backspin. His splitter results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ splitters and has slight armside fade. His slider is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has much less depth than expected, is much harder than usual and has primarily 12-6 movement. His curve results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has primarily 12-6 movement. His sinker (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 17 of them in 2018) has an obvious tail, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers.
2017 Pitch Usage
|TAMPA BAY RAYS||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Denard Span - LF||Yoan Moncada - 2B|
|Joey Wendle - 2B||Avisail Garcia - RF|
|Carlos Gomez - CF||Jose Abreu - 1B|
|C.J. Cron - 1B||Nicky Delmonico - LF|
|Matt Duffy - 3B||Yolmer Sanchez - 3B|
|Wilson Ramos - C||Tim Anderson - SS|
|Daniel Robertson - SS||Leury Garcia - CF|
|Mallex Smith - RF||Tyler Saladino - DH|
|Rob Refsnyder - DH||Omar Narvaez - C|
|Chris Archer - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|