Coming off their big comeback win from last night, the Rays are looking to make it two in a row tonight against the White Sox. I don’t know if I can handle any more excitement, but I’ll try.
(Self portrait as I type this)
The last two games have been amazing. The White Sox took game one 4-3 after Bobby Jenks loaded the bases with Rays and then got out of the jam. Game two was similar in that Bobby Jenks loaded the bases, but the Rays were able to score against him, tying up the series with a 3-2 win.
The Rays will send James Shields to the mound.
Shields’ record belies the solid pitching performances he has been putting forth all season long. He stands at 6-6 with a 3.74 ERA. He was beat up his last start against the Royals in the Rays’ first game after the All-Star Break.
Of course, it didn’t matter much because the Rays fought back to win that one.
The White Sox will throw rookie Carlos Torres tonight.
He is making his major league debut. John Danks was supposed to pitch but developed blisters on his pitching hand that are bothering him. They aren’t supposed to be serious, but he had to miss tonight’s game.
That might be a blessing as the Rays have never done well against Danks. He was 4-1 with a 2.67 ERA in 5 career starts against the Rays.
However, the Rays almost always play down to their opposition. The Texas Rangers threw rookie after rookie against the Rays, and they were dominated each time. The Blue Jays threw a rookie against them and they lost then too. And the Oakland A’s, after figuring out the trend, threw two rookies against the Rays. They lost 2 of 3 to the A’s.
The formula is strange, but not secret anymore.
Hopefully the Rays hitters will be ready.
It seems the Rays have been playing alot of close games lately, so look for that again tonight. If they can get over their fear of rookies, they might be able to put together a blow out.
If the rook scares them, then Shields will have to work extra hard to keep the White Sox offense at bay.