It’s been a less than ideal start to the year for the Tampa Bay Rays. They’re a 1 win baseball team and had a collapse yesterday against the Boston Red Sox. With a comfortable lead in the 8th inning, the Rays proceeded to allow 6 runs and go into the 9th inning down 8-7. Final score Red Sox 8-Rays 7. Not much has gone right for the Rays this season, as they were counted on to be a surprise contender in 2017. Everyone has their pre-season predictions, and the Rays were floated around as being a potential player. That didn’t come to fruition, failing to come close to those kinds of expectations.
The Rays enter this week as a 1-8 baseball team. There is more than enough time to gain some confidence and turn it around, but what an abysmal start for the Rays who will likely play at the bottom of the league, though. One of the worst signs for the Rays has been the performance of Chris Archer in his first tow starts of the year. He got blasted by the Red Sox and then followed it up with another wreck against the Yankees.
Archer has not been able to revert back to form since he posted an ERA of 3.02 in 2015. He hasn’t had an ERA under 4.00 since then actually. Pegged as a Cy Young candidate in 2016 after a solid campaign, Archer didn’t thrive under pressure. He’s been regressing and there haven’t been any indications thus far he is going to make a comeback in 2018. Head below for our free Rays vs. White Sox pick for Monday afternoon.
Tampa Bay Rays vs. Chicago White Sox Pick
Chris Archer (0-0, 6.55 ERA) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Archer wasn’t looking too hot at the tail-end of last season. Note that he was in Chicago to face the White Sox last September and he didn’t survive an inning. In fact, he didn’t record an out, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs right out of the hopper. He followed that up with 8 runs scored, along with 9 hits surrendered against the Red Sox. At least he managed to last 3 innings, though. Archer has surrendered 4 runs and 6 hits in each of his two starts this year. His ERA currently stands at 6.55. Not ideal for a guy who is searching for a bounce back campaign in 2018.
The bullpen hasn’t been holding up well for the Rays, either. As a team, they’ve already had two games in which they gave up double digits on the board. Gonzalez counters for the White Sox. The seven-year veteran has shown some good moments, but not enough of them to warrant a prominent role in a rotation. Gonzalez pitched with the Rangers and White Sox a year ago, posting an ERA of 6.45 with the Rangers and a 4.31 with the White Sox. Miguel gave up 6 runs and 8 hits across 5 innings of work vs the Blue Jays for an ERA of 9.00. His WHIP was a mess as well with a 2.00. The notion of more than 8 runs in this game looks fairly realistic. I’d grab a piece of the OVER for some Monday afternoon baseball action.