Results: L, 0Analysis:
Seattle at Tampa Bay
will be on the docket for Saturday's afternoon game between the
Mariners and Rays. Roenis Elias has a 47.8 percent ground ball rate
and Alex Cobb has a 52.5 percent ground ball rate, which is
actually the lowest of his four-year career. The Rays have really
struggled against lefties this season with an uncharacteristically
low .308 OBP. Elias has been a pleasant surprise for the Mariners
as a deceptive lefty with a couple of different arm angles. In
Elias's first start against a team this season, he has a 2.91 ERA
over 55.2 innings of work.
should start to get his command back now as he is making his fourth
start since returning from the DL. For Cobb, an early season injury
made it tough because he was still in the process of building up
his arm strength when he got hurt. That means that he basically had
to go through what he normally would have accomplished in April
over his last three starts.
posted an 18/5 K/BB rate since returning from the DL and the Rays
snapped their lengthy losing streak with a win on Friday night that
should loosen things up a tiny bit and keep the Rays a bit sharper
in support of Cobb defensively. A matchup with Elias and his
unconventional style may not help their offense much.
ground ball guys and two tough customers on the mound, runs should
be at a premium on Saturday at The Trop.
Pick Made: Jun 7 2014 6:08AM PST