The Tampa Bay Rays look to continue their winning ways as they head west for a three game set with the Giants.
The Tampa Bay Rays have yet to lose a series this season, granted they are only two series in, but it is still worth noting. With the San Fransico Giants up next for the Tampa Bay Rays, it should stretch the streak to three straight won series. If not, something went terribly wrong.
Game one, Friday, April 5th: Tyler Glasnow vs Dereck Rodriguez.
Game two, Saturday, April 6th: Opener vs Jeff Samardzija.
Game three, Sunday, April 7th: TBD vs Drew Pomeranz.
Game two will be the showdown to watch, as long as Kevin Cash does not fake us all out again. If it is truly an opener day for the Tampa Bay Rays, them going toe to toe with Jeff Samardzija would be awesome. The veteran Giant’s pitcher has not been shy about his disdain for the Rays opener strategy.
If the Tampa Bay Rays opener (likely Ryne Stanek) can shut down the Giants lineup, and the Ray offense can jump on Jeff Samardzija early, that would be a great sight to see.
The biggest storyline is Evan Longoria. For the first time since shipping the face of the franchise out west, the Rays will take the field against Longoria instead of with. Due to an injury to Joey Wendle, Christian Arroyo who was the key piece to the Longoria deal is also with the Rays big league clue.
Arroyo will return to the Bay area where his career was short lived, but filled with hope and potential.
Player to watch this series:
Willy Adames. WIlly is off to a just dreadful start to the season, but it is still early folks. He will almost assuredly turn it around. In a 0-0 game in game three of the Rockies series, Adams with runners on and two outs was picked to bunt…twice. Literally taking the bat out of his hand, gifting the Rockies an out, and rendering him useless at the plate.
I am predicting Adames to break out and restore order this series against the lowly Giants.
Prediction for the Series: The Rays win two out of the three games, but they should sweep the Giants. It is just incredibly hard to predict a sweep.
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