Series Preview: Tampa Bay Rays VS. Colorado Rockies

Niemann leads the Rays into battle against the Rockies. (Times photo)

Niemann leads the Rays into battle against the Rockies. (Times photo)

Tampa, fresh off their sweep of the Nationals, travels to the real Coors Field (not the one in New York) for a three game series against a hot Colorado team. Tampa will have Jason Bartlett back tonight as Reid Brignac was sent back to Durham. The Rays have won five straight and have moved themselves into third place in the A.L. East.

Probable Pitchers:
Jeff Niemann, RHP (5-4, 4.12) VS. Jorge De La Rosa, LHP (2-6, 5.08)

David Price, LHP (1-0, 2.37) VS. Aaron Cook, RHP (5-3, 4.26)

Matt Garza, RHP (4-4, 3.63) VS. Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP (5-6, 3.92)

What To Watch For:
As much as it pains me to say this, the Gabe’s are playing well. Maybe they are heating up and it is a sign of things for the future, or maybe the Nationals series was a complete fluke for them and they will go back to their terrible ways.

As Adrian pointed out yesterday the bullpen has thrown 22 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. With the loss of Jason Isringhausen for the season, we will now get to see Winston Abreu in a Rays uniform.

With Brignac being sent down, it looks like Ben Zobrist will recieve the majority of the time at second base. The more playing time he gets the better of the chance we get to see him in the All-Star game.

Starting Pitching needs to pitch better. Too many walks kills the chances of starters going deep into the game. And as well as the bullpen is throwing, who knows how long that is going to last.


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