Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 6.35 ERA)
The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles will meet for the second of a three-game series on Saturday. The Orioles impressed yesterday with a 6-3 win to get the series started. Alex Cobb, who has been bothered by injuries for the greater part of the last five years, is trying to get his career on track in Baltimore.
Cobb allowed a run early, but he settled in and left the game with 2 earned runs conceded across 4 innings. The Orioles are still going to be cautious with Cobb. Working him too hard could throw out his arm again and then he’s back to where he started. Another serious injury for Cobb could be the end of his career. When he’s healthy, Cobb can be a great asset for a team.
Blake Snell was tagged for 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 3 innings. I find Snell to be the most overrated pitcher in baseball. Not one of, but the most overrated pitcher in the major leagues. In other words, Snell getting hit by the Orioles isn’t surprising. Unfortunately I didn’t get in on the Orioles as underdogs in that one, but I don’t have any faith in Snell.
Anthony Santander was the big winner on Friday as he went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. The Orioles have been hanging in there this season. They nearly beat the Yankees on Thursday night, and turned around for a nice victory over the Rays on Friday. The Orioles went ahead in the 8th, but Aaron Judge put an end to their fun with a 3-run blast to take the lead right back.
The Orioles might not be contenders this season, but they’re showing some competitive nature at least. There might be something to look forward to in the future for the O’s. The Rays robbed the Pittsburgh Pirates of Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows. Meadows is on the IL now, but they still won that trade in a big way.
Even Glasnow for Archer was a bad move by the Pirates. Glasnow is expected to get the nod on Saturday for the Rays in Baltimore. The O’s will counter with 35-year-old Wade LeBlanc. Head below for our free Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles pick for August 1, 2020.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates don’t want to sit around and dwell on the Chris Archer trade. Before there was Blake Snell as the most overrated pitcher in baseball in my eyes, there was Archer. Tyler Glasnow, who was sent to Tampa Bay in that deal, will get his second start of the season on Saturday. Glasnow was in good form in his first tilt this season. He conceded 1 hit and 1 earned run in 4 innings of work against the Atlanta Braves. That’s a tough lineup to get through and Glasnow handled it well. Glasnow left the game with an ERA of 2.25 and a 0.75 WHIP. He was able to fool nine Braves’ hitters with strikeouts.
Glasnow was on fire before an injury took him out of commission in 2019. He was flying high with an ERA of 1.78 and 0.89 WHIP in 12 games. It was hard to accept for the Rays that Glasnow had to sit down when Glasnow was as hot as that. Fortunately, Glasnow looks healthy now and was sharp against the Braves in his 2020 debut. He has been unhittable in previous at-bats against the Orioles. The Orioles are hitting .118 with a .125 OBP in 40 at-bats. There isn’t an Oriole that has connected for a home run against Glasnow. They’ve scored 2 runs, but that’s all in the way of offense for the O’s.
Journeyman Wade LeBlanc was rocked for 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings in his first outing of 2020. The Red Sox got to LeBlanc for 2 home runs for all of their damage. LeBlanc is coming off a bad season with the Mariners. He’s just trying to save his job at this point. The 35-year-old was touched up for an ERA of 5.71 and 1.45 WHIP. Opposing batters hit .291 against LeBlanc in 26 games. In 33 at-bats, the Rays have hit .254 with a .311 OBP versus LeBlanc. The Rays scored 7 runs on LeBlanc in those 33 at-bats. I’m with the Rays to respond favorably with Glasnow on the hill Saturday.