Preview: Rays try to extend winning streak as Citrus Series vs. Marlins concludes
TV: FOX Sports Florida
TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m.
Miami Marlins (42-66, fifth in the NL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (64-48, second in the NL East)
Marlins: Caleb Smith (7-4, 3.43 ERA)
Rays: Yonny Chirinos (8-5, 3.70 ERA)
Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 runs
Tampa Bay enters the matchup as winners of their last five games.
The Rays are 29-26 on their home turf. Tampa Bay is hitting a collective batting average of .256 this season, led by Eric Sogard with an average of .303.
The Marlins have gone 20-31 away from home. Miami’s team on-base percentage of .292 is last in the National League. Garrett Cooper leads the club with an OBP of .355. The Rays won the last meeting 8-6. Nick Anderson recorded his third victory and Sogard went 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs for Tampa Bay. Jarlin Garcia took his first loss for Miami.
Austin Meadows leads the Rays with 42 extra base hits and is batting .287. Willy Adames is 9-for-33 with a double, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES
Rays: 7-3, .287 batting average, 5.19 ERA, outscored opponents by eight runs
Marlins: 6-4, .230 batting average, 3.91 ERA, outscored opponents by four runs
Rays Injuries: Blake Snell: 10-day IL (elbow), Tyler Glasnow: 60-day IL (forearm), Anthony Banda: 60-day IL (elbow), Jose Alvarado: 10-day IL (oblique), Joey Wendle: 10-day IL (wrist), Brandon Lowe: 10-day IL (leg), Yandy Diaz: 10-day IL (foot).
Marlins Injuries: Jose Urena: 60-day IL (back), Drew Steckenrider: 60-day IL (elbow), Ryne Stanek: 10-day IL (hip), Pablo Lopez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Julian Fernandez: 60-day IL (elbow), Austin Brice: 10-day IL (forearm), Neil Walker: day-to-day (finger), Chad Wallach: 60-day IL (concussion).