Tampa Bay Rays at Miami Marlins
When and Where: Wednesday, May 15, Marlins Park, Miami, Fla., 7:10 p.m. EDT.
The Tampa Bay Rays have a hole to fill in their rotation, and multiple options for doing so as they wrap up a two-game interleague series versus their in-state rivals, the Miami Marlins, on Wednesday night.
Rays trying to figure out how to fill Glasnow’s spot
This game would have been started by Tyler Glasnow, but the up-and-coming right-hander pulled himself in the sixth inning of Friday’s 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees with a strained forearm and is expected to be on the injured list for at least four weeks.
MLB notebook: Rays' Glasnow (forearm) out 4-6 weeks
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is expected to miss four to six weeks after an MRI revealed a mild forearm strain Saturday.https://t.co/0sF2PNY4pN https://t.co/2zQd9P0p9f
— News9 (@News_____9) May 12, 2019
There is talk the Rays may bring in free agent Dallas Kuechel, but the pressing issue is to fill the spot for the immediate future. It may involve manager Kevin Cash turning to a second opener beyond Ryne Stanek, though Ryan Yarbrough may be the pitcher who gets the bulk of innings early after being stretched out in Triple-A.
Tampa Bay has not named a starter — or an opener — for this game, but the most likely candidates are Stanek (0-1, 2.57 ERA) and Yonni Chirinos (5-1, 3.61), though it is possible both could pitch in this game.
Stanek made a rare non-opener appearance Sunday against the Yankees, giving up one run in one inning. The right-hander opened Saturday’s contest and tossed two scoreless innings before giving way to Chirinos, who allowed two runs in four innings to pick up the victory while throwing just 63 pitches.
Stanek has a 1.72 ERA in 10 appearances as opener, but all three runs he allowed came against Kansas City on May 1 when he served up a two-run homer. The righty has struck out 17 in 15 2-3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .167 batting average.
He made one opener appearance versus Miami last year, tossing a scoreless inning. Chirinos has never faced the Marlins.
Urena looks to build on solid outing for Fish
Jose Urena (1-5, 4.82) is looking to avoid a fourth straight start without a win, but the right-hander did enough to warrant a victory last time out.
— FOX Sports Florida (@FOXSportsFL) May 15, 2019
He held the Chicago Cubs to one earned run and two overall in seven innings last Wednesday, and Miami got him off the hook for a loss by rallying for a ninth-inning run in its 3-2, 11-inning defeat.
Urena was fairly effective in interleague play last year, going 1-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four starts versus the AL East. He has won his last five decisions in interleague play, posting 3.64 ERA while going unbeaten in his last eight starts.
The righty stifled Tampa Bay last year, giving up three runs and two hits in five innings of a 3-0 victory July 4th. He made six relief appearances versus the Rays before that start, conceding one run in 5 2-3 innings.
The Rays are:
- 20-8 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series.
- 22-8 in their last 30 road games.
- 8-2 in Stanek’s last 10 starts when their opponents score two or fewer runs in the previous game.
The Marlins are:
- 1-7 in Urena’s last eight starts.
- 1-6 in Urena’s last seven starts during game 2 of a series.
- 1-7 in their last eight Wednesday games.