Series Preview: Los Angles Angles VS. Tampa Bay Rays

Trop TalkContributor IJune 9, 2009

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 20: B.J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses during Photo Day on February 20, 2009 at the Charlotte County Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida. (Photo by: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Angles come into town for a three game series starting today. The Rays just fell below .500 yet again and need to bounce back fast. This series could make or break the Rays.

 

 

Probable Pitchers

Jered Weaver, RHP (5-2, 2.26) VS. James Shields, RHP (5-4, 3.40)

John Lackey, RHP (1-1, 5.13) VS. Jeff Niemann, RHP (5-4, 3.77)

Ervin Santana, RHP (1-2, 6.75) VS. David Price, LHP (1-0, 2.45)

 

What To Watch For

Evan Longoria returned to the line-up yesterday after his injury. With him back look for a boost in run production for the offense.

Ben Zobrist is making a big case to be an all-star. With his bat being hot, Maddon has pluged him in the line-up almost everyday.

 

X-Factor

The bullpen needs to be more consistent and get outs. We are finally getting decent starts out of the starters, but without anyone to come in and close the games, the Rays could be in the market for the reliever. This isn’t little league where the games are six innings.