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.
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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TAMPA BAY RAYS
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- ForearmEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Riddle is on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain. He is likely to remain idle until at least the early part of September.
- ShoulderQues Mon | 10-day IL
Lopez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder. It is uncertain if he will come off the IL Monday against the Reds.
- ConcussionMid Sept | 60-day IL
Wallach has been placed on the 60-day injured list with a concussion. He is not expected to return until sometime in September.
- BackEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Urena has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to a herniated disc in his lower back. He is expected to return by the beginning of September.
- FingerQues Sun | questionable
Hernandez left his last appearance with a blister on his right middle finger. It is unknown if he will take the mound Sunday against the Phillies.
- FingerEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Guerrero was placed on the 10-day injured list with a torn fingernail on his right middle finger and will be out until at least the beginning of September.
- FingerProb Fri | probable
Walker has been activated off the 10-day injured list after recovering from a sprained right index finger. He is expected to return to the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies.
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Steckenrider is on the 60-day injured list after having his right elbow scoped and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
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- ShinEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Lowe has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a right shin contusion. It is anticipated that he will return towards the start of September.
- ObliqueQues Thurs | 10-day IL
Garcia has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. It is uncertain if he will be activated prior to Thursday's game versus the Orioles.
- WristEarly Sept | 10-day IL
Wendle is likely to be sidelined until early part of September while the 10-day injured list due to right wrist inflammation.
- ElbowEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Banda has been placed on the 60-day injured list while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. He is likely to be rehabbing the ailment until at least the start of September.
- ForearmEarly Sept | 60-day IL
Arroyo has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to tendinitis in his right forearm. He is not expected to return to the lineup until at least the beginning of September.
- Footout for season | 10-day IL
Diaz is on the 10-day injured list with a hairline fracture in his left foot and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.
- HandProb Wed | probable
Pham has sat out the last two games with a sore right hand but is expected to be available against the Padres on Wednesday.
- ObliqueProb Tues | probable
Alvarado has been activated from the 10-day injured list after a right oblique strain. It is expected that he will return to the bullpen for Tuesday's game versus the Padres.
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