I’ll be heading out to the Trop tonight to see our Rays take on the Oakland A’s. I’m quite excited as this will be the first game in a while I’ve been able to escape to, which is ironic considering I happen to be a season ticket holder.
Stubhub has really bailed me out!
I’m also quite excited because I will be able to get my AL Championship Ring replica tonight.
The Rays will be taking on ANOTHER inexperience pitcher in Vin Mazarro tonight. He is making his 8th start of his career and has put up solid numbers (3.59 ERA, .258 opponent average) despite a subpar record (2-4).
We’ll be sending the tall and stout Jeff Nieman to the mound. He has had an up and down season–he’ll give you 7 solid innings or give you 2 1/3 bad ones. His record is solid at 7-4 and his ERA is coming around at 4/14.
I anticipate him being able to shut down these A’s hitters. He seems like he follows up a bad outing with a good one and his last outing was, well, not the best. Plus, these guys are not known for their strong offensive numbers.
Let’s hope the Rays hitters find a way to scrape out some runs either via small ball and stolen bases or by knocking the ball out of the park. Both styles suit this team, which is why they have been winners of their last 3 and 10 of their last 14.
Look for me on the 3rd base line. I’ll be breaking out the Longo jersey for this special occasion!
Here’s hoping for light traffic and bountiful parking.
And a Rays win!