Fantasy Baseball Preview – Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles – 9-1-15 – MLB
The calendar switches to September and the Major League Baseball season has hit its stretch run. Two desperate AL teams look to contend in the final weeks of the season as the Baltimore Orioles will host the Tampa Bay Rays. Fantasy Baseball draft managers can tune to MLB Network at 7PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their player rosters.
A check of the standings for the AL Wildcard as this series begins on Monday has Tampa Bay trailing the Texas Rangers by 4 ½ games for the final playoff spot. The Baltimore Orioles have a bigger hill to climb down 5 ½ games to the Rangers. Tampa Bay must pass both the Twins and Angels to reach the Rangers. Orioles have to leapfrog the Twins, Angels, Rays and Indians to reach Texas.
Tampa Bay has lost their past two series as they get ready for Baltimore. They dropped two of three games at home to Minnesota and Kansas City to finish the home stand at 4-6 to greatly hurt their wildcard hopes. Offense has been an issue for the Rays for some time. The club is 28th in runs scored per game (3.72) and rank 24th in team batting (.247). The Rays starting staff have not thrown enough innings as they sit 29th and second to last in quality starts at 52 on the year.
Baltimore was competing at the top of the AL East just a month ago. Then the team hit a major skid by losing 10 of their past 11 games after they get swept in a critical three game series at Texas over the weekend.
Tampa Bay Rays 2B: Logan Forsythe leads the everyday Rays hitters with a .277 batting average with 15 homers and 53 RBIs. He is coming off a two hit game at home to Kansas City on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Rays 3B: Evan Longoria is hitting .267 with 14 homers and 57 RBIs. He has hit two homers against Baltimore pitching this year.
Tampa Bay Rays SS: Asdrubal Cabrera has been hot in the month of August by sporting a .361 batting average with 13 RBIs. On the year he has hit 9 homers and driven in 37 RBIs.
Tampa Bay Rays CF: Kevin Kiermaier is blistering hot with a .455 hitting average over the past seven days. In that time he has two homers and four RBIs. Kiermaier has had multiple hits in four of his past six games.
Tampa Bay Rays P: Drew Smyly in six starts with the Rays is 1-2 with an ERA of 3.82 and WHIP of 1.24. He received a no decision on August 27th as he allowed three earned runs in just 4 1/3rd innings in a home win to Minnesota.
Baltimore Orioles 3B: Manny Machado enters play ice cold as he is in the midst of a 5 of 29 batting slump. His average is down to .289 with 26 homers and 66 RBIs. The Rays have his number and Machado is batting just .175 against the Tampa Bay pitching.
Baltimore Orioles CF: Adam Jones has hits in three straight over the weekend. He is batting .279 on the year with 24 homers and 66 RBIs.
Baltimore Orioles 1B: Chris Davis like many of the Orioles hitters is battling a slump. He is just 4 for 25 in the past seven days. He has hit just .229 against Rays pitching.
Baltimore Orioles DH: Jimmy Paredes has slumped badly. He is hitting just .132 for the month of August. Tampa Bay has owned him as Paredes is 3 for 28 against Rays pitching on the year.
Baltimore Orioles C: Caleb Joseph is another Orioles hitter who has not hit Tampa Bay pitching. Joseph is 6 for 32 against the Rays
Baltimore Orioles P: Chris Tillman in 24 starts is 9-9 with an ERA of 4.58 and WHIP of 1.33. He has lost two straight. On August 27th at Kansas City Tillman surrendered four earned runs and nine hits in six innings in a 5-3 road defeat.
MLB Fantasy One Day League Picks
P: Drew Smyly (Rays)
2B: Logan Forsythe (Rays)
3B: Evan Longoria (Rays)
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera (Rays)
CF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
LF: Brandon Guyer (Rays)