The Tampa Bay Rays open a new series on the road on Monday against the Oakland Athletics.
The Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday 5-1 and conclude that series on Sunday. Tampa Bay used three pitchers to limit the Orioles to three hits as Anthony Banda led the trio with six strikeouts.
Oakland defeated Arizona on Saturday 3-0 and will conclude its four-game series with the Diamondbacks on Sunday. On Saturday, Daniel Mengden threw a complete game two-hit shutout against Arizona to win 3-0. Oakland hit three home runs to account for all the runs in the game as Matt Olsen, Chad Pinder and Matt Joyce all went deep for the A’s.
Matt Duffy leads the Rays with a .313 batting average. C.J. Cron leads the team in home runs with 11, RBIs with 30 and hits with 53. Tampa Bay has a team batting average of .263, while opposing hitters are averaging .235 at the plate against Rays pitching. On Monday, the Rays will send Chris Archer to the mound. The right-hander this season is 3-3 with an ERA of 4.68, 63 Ks and 22 BBs.
Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with a .307 batting average, a team high 61 hits, a team high nine home runs and 38 RBIs; with Khris Davis on the DL. Oakland has a team batting average of .244 while opposing hitters are averaging .251 at the plate against Athletics pitching. On Sunday, Oakland will send Trevor Cahill to the mound. The right-hander on the season is 1-2 with an ERA of 2.75, 35 Ks and 9 BBs.