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  W: R. Yarbrough (10-5)   L: T. Skaggs (8-7)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, July 31, 2018
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 15,858

Trade deadline looms for Rays before series with Angels

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays have won seven of their last nine against the Angels, including three of four in Anaheim earlier this season. During the nine-game span Tampa Bay has outscored Los Angeles 42 to 22, and out hit the Angels 84 to 50.
  2. The Angels had a four-game winning streak snapped by the Mariners on Sunday, their longest since winning six straight in early June. Los Angeles scored 38 runs in that streak, their most in a four-game span this season.
  3. The Rays dropped their last three games against the Orioles after winning their first game of the series in Baltimore, giving up at total of 37 runs in the losses. It was the most runs Tampa Bay had allowed in a three-game span since 2007, when the Rays allowed 41 from July 21-24.
  4. Tyler Skaggs' 1.44 ERA since June 1 is the second lowest in MLB behind Chris Sale (minimum 50 IP). In that eight-game span Skaggs hasn't allowed a home run and all but one were quality starts.
  5. Ryan Stanek has yet to allow a run in the first inning this season, but hasn't pitched more the two innings in a single outing as starter. In his most recent start he allowed three earned runs in 2.0 innings against Baltimore.
  6. Andrelton Simmons leads MLB with a .390 on-base percentage with two strikes (minimum 125 PA). Simmons is on pace to have the highest on-base percentage with two strikes by an Angel in a single season in the last 30 years.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/31/2018 thru 8/2/2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- How much different will the Tampa Bay Rays be by the start of Tuesday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels?

The Rays (53-53) have dropped three straight, allowing at least 11 runs in each of their losses to the Baltimore Orioles, and the Angels (54-53) are coming in from the opposite direction, having won four of five coming in.

But Tampa Bay is expected to continue to sell off some of its key assets in advance of Tuesday's trade deadline, potentially including top starter Chris Archer. The Rays traded away three pitchers in three days last week, dealing away starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Boston Red Sox, reliever Matt Andriese to the Arizona Diamondbacks and reliever Jonny Venters to the Atlanta Braves.

Tampa Bay had pushed through trade after trade -- the offseason saw Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson, Jake Odorizzi and Steven Souza all dealt away, then closer Jesus Colome and outfielder Denard Span early this season. Despite all of that turnover and key injuries, the Rays were three games above .500 before the Orioles won three straight.

On Tuesday, Tampa Bay will turn to reliever-turned-"opener" Ryne Stanek (1-3, 2.43 ERA), who is coming off a rare bad outing, giving up three runs on two home runs in two innings Saturday against the Orioles. Stanek had allowed three runs in his previous 23 appearances, going back to the beginning of June, and saw his ERA balloon from 1.86 to 2.43 in one appearance.

Stanek faced the Angels in May, giving up two runs in a harmless ninth inning of what ended up a 5-3 win for the Rays. Adding in two outings last season, Stanek has a 7.71 career ERA against the Angels with no hits but four walks in his games last year.

Los Angeles counters with red-hot Tyler Skaggs, a 27-year-old left-hander who has allowed eight earned runs in his last eight starts, going just 5-2 in that span but lowering his ERA from 3.60 to 2.62 along the way. That ERA is nearly two runs lower than the 4.55 he carried last season and a run under his career mark coming in.

Skaggs also pitched well against the Rays this season, taking a shutout into the sixth inning and giving up just one run and six hits while striking out seven. For his career, he's 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA against the Rays, with his other outing in 2014.

Angels star Mike Trout has always fared well against the Rays, with a .305 career average and 12 home runs and 27 RBIs in just 154 at-bats. He's even better at Tropicana Field, where he has a .344 average and five home runs in 61 at-bats.

Will the Rays make any more moves before the first pitch is thrown against the Angels? Tampa Bay's remaining lineup should include former Angels hitter C.J. Cron, who has reset career highs already this season with 22 home runs and 53 RBIs in his first year with the Rays.

Updated July 30, 2018

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