Tampa Bay aims for series sweep against Orioles
St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Tampa Bay can secure a series sweep over Baltimore with a win.
The Rays are 4-1 against the rest of their division. Tampa Bay’s team on-base percentage of .343 is third in the American League. Austin Meadows leads the team with an OBP of .406.
The Orioles are 6-6 on the road. The Baltimore pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 6.06. Andrew Cashner leads the team with a 5.31 earned run average. The Rays won the last meeting 8-1. Yonny Chirinos earned his third victory and Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs for Tampa Bay. David Hess registered his third loss for Baltimore.
TOP PERFORMERS: Meadows leads the Rays with 22 hits and is batting .349. Lowe is 13-for-35 with three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 8-2, .304 batting average, 2.97 ERA, outscored opponents by 33 runs
Orioles: 3-7, .217 batting average, 5.97 ERA, outscored by 17 runs