Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays-Rockies Monday preview

Tonight: at Rockies

8:40, Coors Field, Denver

TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Drew Smyly (2-10, 5.47)

Rockies: LH Tyler Anderson (1-3, 3.03)

On Smyly: 1-7 with a 6.99 ERA and 15 HR allowed in his past 12 games. Prior to that, he was 9-6 with a 2.54 ERA and 20 HRs allowed in first 24 games since joining Rays in August 2014.

On Anderson: 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 24 innings this season at Coors Field. Snapped six-game winless drought in most recent start with a win against the Phillies.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Anderson

First appearance

Rockies vs. Smyly

Brandon Barnes 0-for-1

Nick Hundley 1-for-2

Ryan Raburn 1-for-4

On deck

Tuesday: at Rockies, 8:40. Rays — LH Blake Snell (1-4, 3.69); Rockies — RH Tyler Chatwood (8-5, 3.29)

Wednesday: at Rockies, 3:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-13, 4.68); Rockies — LH Jorge De La Rosa (6-6, 5.50)

Local connections

Rockies closer Jake McGee appeared in 297 games and had 27 saves in his six years in Tampa Bay. RHP Chad Qualls appeared in 27 games for the Rays in 2010. Rays DH/LF Corey Dickerson hit .299 with 39 HRs across three seasons for Rockies. Came to Rays in McGee trade.

California dreaming

The Rays start a nine-game West Coast road trip tonight through Colorado, Oakland and Los Angeles (Dodgers) having lost their past 10 road games. They are, however, 5-4 this season while playing in the Mountain and Pacific time zones — 3-0 in Anaheim, 0-3 in Seattle, 2-1 in Arizona.

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer

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