Tampa Bay Rays at San Diego Padres
When and Where: Tuesday, Aug. 13, Petco Park, San Diego, Calif., 10:10 p.m. EDT.
In a very small sample size, Tampa Bay rookie Brendan McKay appears to prefer pitching on the road. He will look to continue his success outside the Sunshine State on Tuesday night when the Rays go for a franchise-record ninth consecutive road victory in the middle game of their series with the San Diego Padres.
McKay set for first interleague start
McKay (2-2, 4.55 ERA) has had the expected ups and downs that come with a rookie through his first six starts, giving up three or more runs in four of them and not allowing a run in the other two.
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The left-hander has shown flashes on the road, going 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two starts with 14 strikeouts in 10 1-3 innings. McKay, though, has been penalized for his mistakes in losing two of his three starts. He gave up a pair of solo homers — five in his last three starts — and three runs overall in five-plus innings of a 4-3 loss Wednesday to Toronto, overshadowing the fact he poured the ball into the strike zone with 69 strikes on his 93 offerings.
“[The start] had a lot of great promise to it,” he told the Rays’ official website. “I started off feeling good. Commanding the zone. At times I got away from it. That’s when guys put good swings on balls. I was on the defensive mode and they were in attack mode. Missed some locations here and there, and they made me pay for it.”
Tampa Bay tied a club record with its eighth straight road win with Monday night’s 10-4 victory, the fourth time it has put together a run this long and the first time since July 4-23, 2014.
McKay, who is making his first start against an NL opponent, has lasted at least five innings in all but one of his six starts.
Lauer looking for consistency after shaky outing versus Rockies
Eric Lauer (6-8, 4.51) makes his second attempt for a career-best seventh win after being rebuffed last time out. The second-year left-hander did well to limit the damage he created after giving up a season-high-tying 10 hits, but only three runs, in four-plus innings against Colorado on Thursday.
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— Bill Center (@PadresCentral) August 9, 2019
Lauer is 1-1 with a 6.87 ERA in four starts and five overall appearances since the All-Star break and has pitched into the fifth just once in those starts. One of his best outings of the season came in his lone interleague start, beating the Yankees on May 28 after conceding a solo homer and three other hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 victory.
The southpaw has been solid at Petco Park, splitting six decisions and recording a 2.96 ERA in 10 starts.
The Rays are:
- 6-1 in their last seven games vs. starters with a plus-1.30 WHIP.
- 11-4 in their last 15 games vs. NL West teams.
- 22-7 in their last 29 road games vs. teams with a sub-.500 home record.
The Padres are:
- 1-4 in their last five Tuesday games.
- 2-5 in Lauer’s last seven starts on four days of rest.
- 18-43 in their last 61 games vs. left-handed starters.