Craig Stammen, RHP (0-2, 6.45) VS. Matt Garza, RHP (4-4, 3.55)
Jordan Zimmermann, RHP (2-3, 5.71) VS. Andy Sonnanstine, RHP (4-6, 7.00)
Ross Detwiler, LHP (0-3, 5.06) VS. James Shields, RHP (5-5, 3.36)
What To Watch For
This series will prove if the Rays are around to contend. The Nationals are the type of team that Tampa has been struggling with all season. The Rays play on the same level as these subpar teams, and continue to lose series to them.
With Pat Burrell being activated, Matt Joyce has been sent back to Durham. As well as Gabe Gross is playing, it is disappointing to see Joyce go. Burrell does figure to relieve some pressure from Carlos Pena with his return to the lineup.
After an article from this author questioning Dioner Navarro’s play, Navarro had one of his best games of the season hitting a double and a home run. It will be interesting to see what the catcher formally known as fat does this series.
Starting pitching needs to go deeper into these games. Only being able to pitch four to five innings deep into games is pathetic. And who knows how long the bullpen will pitch this well?