The 4-8 Tampa Bay Rays come to Baltimore after getting swept out of Boston in a three game set. Mike Napoli hit a walkoff RBI double in the finale on Patriots Day to secure the Red Sox sweep. Joe Maddon‘s club scored just three runs in the series and went 1-for-20 with runners in scoring position. They were shutout by Clay Buchholz on Sunday in a game in which the Red Sox starter took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.
All good news for the Baltimore Orioles, who open up a three game set of their own against Tampa Bay tonight at Camden Yards. Jake Arrieta (and his 7.20 ERA) will try to keep the Rays bats cool in game one. He’ll face Roberto Hernandez (0-2, 6.08 ERA), who is 1-3 with an 8.46 ERA in four starts at Camden Yards.
Offensive woes have long been the story for Tampa Bay. They currently sit at the bottom of the American League in runs scored this season with 35 over 12 games played (2.91 runs per game). As a team, the Rays are hitting .205/.281/.288.
I’d say Tuesday night is a great opportunity for Arrieta to bounce back after two disappointing losses and for guys like Matt Wieters (2-for-his-last-26) to get going again. It won’t get any easier for the O’s after tonight as Matt Moore and David Price are scheduled to pitch in games two and three.