It’s an interleague contest between a pair of teams who are in the playoff picture as the season winds down in the City of Angels. The Tampa Bay Rays are on the road as they make the trip to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of a two-game interleague set Wednesday night. Tampa Bay dropped the finale of a three-game set on the road against the Angels, losing 6-4 Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles took two of three from the Mets on the road over the weekend, prevailing 3-2 in the rubber game Sunday night. The pitching matchup for Tuesday’s series opener saw Blake Snell get the ball for the Rays against the Dodgers’ Caleb Ferguson. First pitch in the game was set for 10:10 pm ET.
Tampa Bay Rays Battling for Playoff Position
Tampa Bay missed a chance at a sweep of the Angels on the road and it cost them some ground in the playoff chase. The Rays entered Tuesday second in the AL East, nine games behind the Yankees: they held a 1.5-game edge over Cleveland for the second wild card spot. Tampa Bay got two hits from Avisail Garcia in the contest while Austin Meadows clubbed his 31st homer of the year in a losing effort. Ryan Yarbrough (11-4) took the loss on the mound: he allowed six runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts over five innings.
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 15, 2019
Brendan McKay makes his 11th major league start as he takes the mound for the Rays in this contest. He comes in 2-4 with a 5.27 ERA, a 1.453 WHIP, 14 walks and 50 strikeouts over 42.2 innings in the majors. McKay took the loss in his last start, which came Thursday on the road against the Rangers. He threw 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in a 6-4 Tampa Bay defeat. McKay is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA, a 1.67 WHIP, five walks and 10 strikeouts over nine innings in his last three starts. In his 11th career major league start, he faces the Dodgers for the first time in his career. This also marks his first career appearance at Dodger Stadium. Before being recalled from the minors, McKay was 6-0 with a 1.10 ERA, a 0.814 WHIP, 18 walks and 102 strikeouts over 73.2 innings in 15 appearances, 13 starts, split between Double-A Montgomery of the Southern League and Triple-A Durham of the International League.
Los Angeles Dodgers Trying to Lock Down NL’s Top Mark
Los Angeles took two of three from the Mets over the weekend as they look to lock down the best record in the National League. The Dodgers have already clinched the NL West: they entered Tuesday four games ahead of Atlanta for the NL’s best record with 11 games to go. Corey Seager and Gavin Lux each had two hits for Los Angeles in their win Sunday in the Big Apple. Walker Buehler didn’t factor in the decision as he allowed two runs on two hits with two walks and one strikeout over five innings. Kenley Jansen (5-3) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning while Kenta Maeda got the final two outs for his second save.
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— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 16, 2019
Tony Gonsolin is in line to take the mound for his ninth appearance and seventh start of the year for the Dodgers. He is 3-2 with one save, a 2.83 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, 10 walks and 31 strikeouts over 35 innings of work this season. Gonsolin earned the win in his last outing, which came in relief on the road against the Orioles Thursday. He threw three innings, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts in a 4-2 Dodgers triumph. Gonsolin is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, nine walks and 12 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last three starts. He pitches against the Rays for the first time in his career in this, his ninth major league appearance and eighth career start. Gonsolin comes into this contest 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA, a 0.867 WHIP, seven walks and 14 strikeouts over 15 innings in three career starts at Dodger Stadium.
- Rays are 1-4 in their last 5 Wednesday games
- Rays are 1-5 in McKay’s last 6 starts with 5 days of rest
- Dodgers are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30
- Dodgers are 6-1 in their last 7 Wednesday games
- Dodgers are 51-16 in their last 67 home games