Rays at Angels, at end of the road
UPDATE, 6:27: Manager Joe Maddon said he felt one day off was enough for Carlos Pena, figuring the time to clear his thoughts and re-focus could/should help him break out of his 1-for-40 slump. Also, Maddon said the 4:05 local start time will create some very unusual and difficult shadows that will work in favor of the pitchers and very much against the hitters.
DEVELOPING: The Rays are at the end of the road, set to wrap up their second consecutive long road trip of the season in what is an unusual late-afternoon game here in Anaheim.
The Rays have already guaranteed a winning record, with a chance to make it 6-3 (and log another series win) today. The Tuesday win guaranteed the Rays only their 7th winning trip in 39 visits to the west coast. On the trip, the Rays have pitched to a 2.26 ERA.
The Rays' 14-4 road record is the best through 18 games since 2002 when the Red Sox were 16-2 and the Mariners 15-3. The only other team in the last 20 years to do as well were the 1990 Reds, 14-4.
The Rays are looking to win their first series in Anaheim since May 14-16, 1999 when they took 2 of 3 games - and starter David Price was 13 years old and in the 8th grade. Since then they are 0-14-1 in series while losing 38 of 47 games. Overall, the Rays are 15-41 (.268) at Angel Stadium including 2-14 under manager Joe Maddon
The Rays lineup looks as expected against a righthanded starter: