After Sunday’s 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians, the Tampa Bay Rays‘ record dropped to 71-49 for the year. The Rays missed a chance to win the series on Sunday by allowing 15 hits to the Guardians in the last game of the series. In only three innings of work, Zach Eflin allowed six earned runs on nine hits while Jake Diekman allowed three earned runs on five hits in relief.
Over the past couple of weeks and 97 innings of work, the Rays’ pitching staff has accumulated a disappointing 4.92 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and.281 batting average against. When it comes to defense, Tampa Bay is just average.
He hit.257/.323/.416 in August (377 AB) with 16 extra-base hits and 14 home homers. Although they held the American League’s first wild card on Monday, the Rays were three games behind the division-leading Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in extra innings boosted the San Francisco Giants‘ record to 63-55 for the year. The Giants ended a four-game losing streak with Logan Webb’s one-run pitching in 8.2 innings as they took two of three games at home.
In August, San Francisco has a 3.66 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and.249 batting average against. On Monday, the Giants were holding the second National League wild card despite posting a.212/.283/.327 batting line with 13 extra-base hits and nine home runs in 358 at-bats during the previous two weeks.
While the San Francisco bullpen has posted a respectable 3.02 ERA and 3.52 FIP in 50.2, the Tampa Bay bullpen has struggled to the tune of a 5.55 ERA and 3.90 FIP in 48.2 innings of work. This game may go either way, but the Giants’ pitching staff makes them the safer pick. Without Wander Franco, the Rays take a major defensive and offensive hit.
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Tampa Bay Rays vs San Francisco Giants Game Information
- Date: 08/15/2023
- Time: 09:45 PM ET
- Location: Oracle Park.
- How to Watch Rays vs Giants: MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV