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Series preview: Tampa Bay Rays at Cleveland Indians

The Indians conclude the 2014 season with a visit from the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Chris Archer
Chris Archer
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The Tribe look to achieve some closure on the 2014 season as the Rays visit Progressive Field for three games.

  • Friday's game is at 7:05 PM (Archer vs. Kluber)
  • Saturday's game is at 6:05 PM (Colome vs. Carrasco)
  • Sunday's game is at 1:05 PM (Cobb vs. Salazar)

Playoff Watch: A's at Rangers, Angels at Mariners.

Team in a Box

Tampa Bay Rays

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

76-82

Runs/Game

3.8

14th

Runs/Game

3.8

5th

AL East

4th

OBP

319

6th

H/9

7.9

3rd

Last 10

5-4

SLG

370

14th

BB/9

3.0

10th

Last 30

13-16

Steals

60

13th

SO/9

8.8

2nd

The Rays have had a disappointing season after meeting the Tribe in the Wild Card game last year. They were thirteen games under .500 when the calendar turned to July. A 17-6 month got them close to .500, but they never cracked the .500 mark.

The hitting has been pretty atrocious as the slugging and runs scored are at the bottom of the pack. But the pitching has been fantastic, even with the dealing of Price at the deadline.

The Tribe took two of three from the Ray at Tropicana Field way back in early May as Kluber and Tomlin both notched wins while the offense disappeared against Erik Bedard.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Ryan Hanigan

R

255

225

662

1B

James Loney

L

639

289

715

2B

Nick Franklin#

S

79

186

539

3B

Evan Longoria

R

688

254

731

SS

Ben Zobrist

S

646

274

754

LF

David DeJesus

L

265

252

764

CF

Kevin Kiermaier

L

358

264

762

RF

Wil Myers

R

354

218

611

DH

Matt Joyce

L

485

255

734

C

Jose Molina

R

244

176

414

IF

Logan Forsythe

R

329

227

626

UT

Sean Rodriguez

R

255

206

683

OF

Brandon Guyer

R

287

269

704

C

Curt Casali

R

84

167

477

# Includes stats with Mariners

Both Desmond Jennings and Yunel Escobar were shut down this week after sustaining injuries. Longoria is the only player to crack the 20 home run plateau, and the player with second most is Rodriguez with 11, half of Longoria's total. That is a serious power outage. The team's ISO is just 122, which is thirteenth in the AL.

The most surprising numbers to me is the lack of production from Myers, the defending of Rookie of the Year. He has definitely had the dreaded sophomore slump.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Alex Cobb

R

2.75

160.1

1.116

8.1

Chris Archer

R

3.42

187.0

1.305

8.0

Jake Odorizzi

R

4.18

168.0

1.280

9.3

Jeremy Hellickson

R

4.52

63.2

1.445

7.6

Nate Karns*

R

5.08

145.1

1.404

9.5

Alex Colome*

R

3.77

86.0

1.326

7.6

Drew Smyly#

L

3.24

153.0

1.163

7.8

Jake McGee

L

1.92

70.1

0.910

11.1

Grant Balfour

R

4.99

61.1

1.467

8.2

Brad Boxberger

R

2.37

64.2

0.835

14.5

Cesar Ramos

L

3.70

82.2

1.355

7.2

Kirby Yates

R

3.75

36.0

1.333

10.5

Jeff Beliveur

L

1.54

23.1

0.943

10.4

Joel Peralta

R

4.45

62.2

1.181

10.5

Brandon Gomes

R

3.78

33.1

1.170

6.2

Steve Geltz*

R

2.38

41.2

1.056

13.0

CJ Riefenhauser*

L

1.40

57.2

1.145

8.3

# Includes stats with Tigers; *Stats in AAA

Former Tribe farmhand Archer has had a pretty good year. He has been ok in September, 3.51 ERA, 1.169 WHIP and 6.0 K/9. He took the loss in the Tomlin game in May. Colome has missed much of the season with an injury. He was activated in mid-September and pitched great against the Yankees in his lone start and then gave up four runs in an inning of releif versus the White Sox. He has never pitched against Cleveland. Cobb has been superb in September, with a 1.65 ERA, 0.878 WHIP and 5.3 K/9. He missed the May series with an injury but has pitched well in his previous three starts against the Tribe. McGee took over the closing duties from Balfour and has been most excellent.

On the Shelf

  • SP Matt Moore [15 day DL], out for season
  • LF Jerry Sands [15 day DL], out for season
  • SS Yunel Escobar, out for season
  • CF Desmond Jennings, out for season

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

2

1

667

13

15

435

2013

2

4

333

23

30

381

Last 5*

15

22

405

159

187

426

Last 10*

41

36

532

381

345

545

All-Time

77

51

602

686

552

598

*Does not include 2014 stats

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