Oakland A’s day off Preview of the A’s vs the Tampa Bay Rays

June 8, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

AP file Photo: Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash throws during batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

by Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s start a four-game series with the Tampa Bat Rays Friday night at Tropicana Field. The A’s record is 26-33 and the club is in last place in the American League West. The Rays, managed by Kevin Cash own a record of 30-31 and are playing the Chicago White Sox Thursday night. The Rays are in fourth place in the tough American League East.

Andrew Triggs will start for Oakland on Friday night. Triggs, who started the season 5-1, is now 5-5 with an ERA of 3.36. The Rays will counter with Alex Cobb. Cobb is 4-4 and his ERA is 4.52. Sonny Gray and Sean Manaea will pitch in Saturday’s doubleheader. The Rays have not announced their starters yet. However, they did say that the A’s will face Chris Archer on Sunday.

The Rays, like the A’s, strikeout a lot. The Rays strikeout rate is 26.2% which is the highest in the league. Their offense is led by the third baseman Evan Longoria. Logan Morrison is their first baseman and has 16 dingers and 37 RBIs to his credit. Michael Martinez at second and Tim Beckham at shortstop round out the infield. The outfielders are Colby Rasmus in left, Kirk Kiermaier in center field, and Steven Souza, Jr. in right. Souza has some power as he has 10 homers and 33 RBIs so far. Other starters in the Rays rotation include Jake Odorizzi, Erasmo Ramirez, and Jacob Faria. The closer for the Rays is Alex Colome. Other relievers include Tommy Hunter, Danny Farquhar, Chase Whitley, Jose Alvarado, Austin Pruitt, and Ryan Stanek. The catching chores are handled by Jesus Sucre and former Athletic Derek Norris. Norris, however, may not be available as he is being investigated for a domestic abuse incident.

After the A’s conclude the series with the Rays, they have an off-day on Monday. They travel across the state of Florida to play the Miami Marlins Tuesday and Wednesday in Miami before returning home to face the New York Yankees on Thursday, June 15th.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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