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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Miami Marlins Preview and Predictions 05-15-2019 in MLB


A visit to the worst team in the majors helped the Tampa Bay Rays get back on track and maintain their hold on first place in the American League East. After closing out a homestand by losing three of four, the Rays won the opener of a five-game road trip and will go for a sweep of a two-game interleague series when they face the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

Avisail Garcia did most of the heavy lifting for Tampa Bay in Tuesday's 4-0 victory, clubbing a mammoth 471-foot home run as part of a three-hit, three-RBI night. Garcia extended his hitting streak to four games and has homered three times and collected seven RBIs over the past six contests. He provided more than enough offense to send the punchless Marlins to their sixth consecutive defeat, dropping their record to a major league-worst 10-30. Neil Walker had a pair of hits for Miami, which is 1-9 in its last 10 games and has scored two runs or fewer in each of the losses.

TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Tampa Bay), FS Florida (Miami)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Rays RH Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.57 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Jose Urena (1-5, 4.82)

Six-game winner Tyler Glasnow, the ace of the pitching staff through the first six weeks, was injured in his last start, leaving the Rays to turn to Stanek as the opener for the sixth time since April 23. He worked two scoreless innings in each of his last appearances as the opener, allowing one hit each against both Arizona and the Yankees, but he gave up a run in one inning of relief versus the Yankees on Sunday. Walker belted a three-run homer in his only at-bat against Stanek.



Urena deserved a better fate last time out at the Chicago Cubs, having to settle for a no-decision despite permitting two runs (one earned) and five hits over a season high-tying seven innings. It was the fifth consecutive outing of at least six innings -- including four quality starts -- for the 27-year-old Dominican, who was hammered for 15 runs in losing his first three starts. Travis d'Arnaud is 2-for-5 against Urena, who sports an 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances (one start) versus Tampa Bay.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rays 3B Yandy Diaz has hit safely in seven straight games after going 2-for-5 Tuesday.

2. Marlins C Jorge Alfaro is 0-for-16 over the past five games.

3. Garcia has raised his batting average from .250 to .296 with hits in 11 of his last 12 games.

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Marlins Park
Miami, Florida, USA.
Capacity: 37,000

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Last Injuries

Miami Marlins

  • Riley Ferrell

    Bicep
    Early June | 60-day IL

    Ferrell has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to biceps tendinitis and is projected to be shelved until at least the start of June.

  • Jon Berti

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Berti has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, and it is unclear when he will be ready to rejoin the team.

  • Jorge Alfaro

    Calf
    Prob Tues | probable

    Alfaro was held out the previous game with a calf strain, but he is expected to be available for Tuesday's contest against the Tigers.

  • Drew Steckenrider

    Elbow
    Early July | 60-day IL

    Steckenrider is on the 60-day injured list with a right flexor strain and is expected to be idle until at least the start of July.

  • Miguel Rojas

    Back
    Prob Fri | probable

    Rojas left the previous game due to back spasms but is expected to face the Mets on Friday.

  • Garrett Cooper

    Hand
    Prob Sat | probable

    Cooper has been activated from the 10-day injured list with a left hand contusion, and is expected to be available Saturday against the Mets.

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Tampa Bay Rays

  • Joey Wendle

    Wrist
    Mid June | 10-day IL

    Wendle has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured right wrist and is expected to be idle until at least the middle of June.

  • Michael Perez

    Oblique
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Perez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his right oblique. He will likely be out of game action until the beginning of June.

  • Matt Duffy

    Hamstring
    Mid June | 60-day IL

    Duffy has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to back and hamstring discomfort. He is likely to be shut down until sometime in June after suffering a setback during his rehab assignment.

  • Mike Zunino

    Quadricep
    Early June | 10-day IL

    Zunino has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a left quadriceps strain and is projected to be away from the field until at least the start of June.

  • Yandy Diaz

    Hand
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Diaz sat out his second consecutive game due to a left hand contusion, and it is unclear if he will suit up Thursday against the Indians.

  • Anthony Bemboom

    Knee
    Late June | 10-day IL

    Bemboom sustained a left knee sprain and has landed on the 10-day injured list. He is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

  • Austin Meadows

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Meadows is unlikely to take the field against the Dodgers on Wednesday due to a scheduled day of rest.

  • Jose De Leon

    Elbow
    Early June | 60-day IL

    De Leon has been transferred to the 60-day injured list after missing the entire 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He is likely to be sidelined until the start of June.

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miami-marlins Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Harold Ramirez 7 6 23 3 7 0 0 1 1 10 0 5 0 .304 .435 .333
Neil Walker 43 30 124 9 36 8 0 3 8 53 2 30 0 .290 .427 .371
Martin Prado 35 25 108 13 28 5 0 1 10 36 0 16 0 .259 .333 .281
Chad Wallach 19 12 48 4 12 3 0 1 3 18 0 12 0 .250 .375 .333
Miguel Rojas 44 39 148 12 37 6 0 0 13 43 3 21 1 .250 .291 .307
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Conley 21 0 50 15 2 21 2 1 12 0 0 0 6 288
Tayron Guerrero 21 0 62 25 2 11 0 0 6 0 0 0 15 349
Nick Anderson 20 0 60 38 1 19 4 3 11 0 0 1 8 349
Tyler Kinley 20 0 58 24 1 21 3 1 12 0 0 1 15 361
Sergio Romo 17 0 51 18 0 15 3 2 11 0 0 3 10 300
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jorge Alfaro 37 35 0 6 4 1 0 5
Chad Wallach 19 12 1 3 2 1 0 1
Austin Dean 7 7 0 0 0 1 1 0
Brian Anderson 45 45 0 0 0 1 3 0
Caleb Smith 9 8 0 0 0 1 0 0

tampa-bay-rays Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Anthony Bemboom 3 2 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 2 0 .400 .600 .400
Austin Meadows 30 26 107 16 36 5 1 9 24 70 4 26 2 .336 .654 .423
Wilmer Font 1 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Brandon Lowe 42 37 156 26 45 9 1 10 28 86 3 59 0 .288 .551 .337
Avisail Garcia 39 37 152 21 43 8 1 8 20 77 3 40 1 .283 .507 .343
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Adam Kolarek 24 0 50 10 2 14 2 1 6 0 0 0 6 240
Diego Castillo 23 0 76 31 0 16 3 2 8 0 0 3 10 394
Chaz Roe 21 0 45 18 0 13 1 1 4 0 0 2 15 290
Jose Alvarado 20 0 57 28 0 13 1 2 5 0 0 1 9 303
Ryne Stanek 20 13 78 27 0 19 3 1 10 0 0 2 9 392
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Michael Perez 15 13 0 10 3 0 0 0
Mike Zunino 26 23 0 9 6 1 0 2
Nick Ciuffo 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 1
Andrew Velazquez 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Anthony Bemboom 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2