The second-place Tampa Bay Rays squared off against the first-place Yankees in the OOTP simulated season yesterday.
The Tampa Bay Rays entered the game with a 22-22 record while the Yankees rolled in 29-13. Here are the starting lineups for each team.
Tampa Bay Rays
Starting Pitcher – Yonny Chirinos
- Kevin Kiermaier CF
- Y. Diaz 3B
- A. Meadows LF
- N. Lowe 1B
- H. Renfroe RF
- B. Lowe 2B
- J. Choi DH
- W. Adames SS
- M. Zunino
New York Yankees
Starting Pitcher – Jonathan Loaisiga
- B. Gardner CF
- D. LeMahieu 2B
- G. Torress SS
- G. Stanton LF
- M. Ford DH
- A. Judge RF
- L. Voit 1B
- G. Sanchez C
- M. Andujar 3B
Sadly, Kevin Kiermaier is hitting .209 and leadoff for the Rays. Hunter Renfroe has found some quick success, hitting .270 with eight homers to start the season.
Meanwhile, Brandon Lowe is leading the team in homers, average and RBI.
In this game, Kevin Kiermaier and Austin Meadows would drive in the only two runs for the Rays with Kiermaier and Choi scoring. The Rays ended with eight hits, knocking Loasiga out after five and a third.
On the Rays side, Yonny Chirinos pitched a gem of a game, going eight full innings, allowing just four hits, no walks, no runs, and earning 11 strikeouts. His pitch count was 100 with 63 going for strikes.
Nick Anderson locked down the ninth with two strikeouts, earning his 11th save of the season. That places Anderson third in the MLB in saves and first in the American League.
The Rays look to cut into the Yankees lead even more today as Charlie Morton tries to get back on track. Morton has a 3-5 record with a 6.33 ERA on the season. His opponent will be LHP J.A. Happ who boasts a 4-1 record with a 3.98 ERA.