Chris Archer (8-18, 4.05 ERA), attemping to pick up his 200th strikeout of the season, is on the hill for the Tampa Bay Rays (63-83) as they square off against Ubaldo Jimenez (7-11, 5.98 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (80-66) in the second of a four-game series at Camden Yards. The Rays won the last game 7-6, and Tampa Bay leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 16 and can be seen on MAS2 and SUN.
Jimenez pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out four and walking three in an 11-3 win over the Tigers. Manny Machado (.306, 100 Rs, 35 HRs, 91 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Archer went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 5-1 defeat to the Yankees in his most recent start. Evan Longoria (.274, 74 Rs, 33 HRs, 91 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Rays, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and five RBIs.
The Orioles are 34-29 against their divisional rivals, while the Rays are 30-37 against their division.
Tampa Bay has won 43% (29-39) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 60% (37-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rays managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Orioles who are heading in with a 19-13 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Rays are 44-14. The Orioles have a 54-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th, Tampa Bay sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 622 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 692.
Ranking 15th, Tampa Bay is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.742). Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .772.
When the Rays allow at least one home run, they are 34-75. When the Orioles allow one or more homers, they have a 45-53 record.