Chicago White Sox Vs. Tampa Bay Rays 9/30/12 Liam’s Free MLB Baseball Pick
As long as The Tampa Rays keep winning the playoff pitcture in the American League will not get any clearer. The Rays were at it again on Saturday afternoon against The White Sox. Tampa got a Home Run from Jeff Keppinger and some lights out pitching from rookie Matt Moore. The Rays are the hottest team in Baseball and are making life very difficult for teams like New York, Baltimore and The Los Angeles Angels. This should come as no surprise because every year, it seems, Joe Maddon is able to rally the troops and play great baseball down the stretch.
Tampa will turn to ace lefty David Price on Sunday against The White Sox. Price is looking for win number 20 on the season. Price has not lost in 4 starts and last time out pitched a complete game in which The 27 year old surrendered only 2 runs on 7 hits. In the month of September, Price has allowed only 9 runs over 30 innings to go with a 2.70 ERA. Price has not faced the White Sox at all this season but has been pretty dominant against most teams this year. Price has held hitters to a .226 batting average on the year and has a very impressive 2,56 ERA fin 2012.
Jose Quintana has had a really rough month of September and will be looking to close out the month on a positive note. Quintana is 1-2 in 5 starts over the last month with a 6.27 ERA. Quintana seems to have come back down to earth since initially taking the baseball world by storm earlier in the year. Quintana is 6-5 on the year with a 3.60 ERA. Decent numbers, but only because of a really good start. Consider the fact Quintana had an 2.04 ERA before the break compared to 4.80 since then and it is plain to see that baseball has started to figure out the 23 year old Colombian. Quintana pitched well against The Rays earlier in the season but did not factor in the decision.
Tampa has been searching for answers offensively all season long. The Return of Evan Longoria has been huge for The Rays as Longoria has given Tampa an actual middle of the order threat. Longoria is hitting .284 over the last month with 16 runs batted. Jeff Keppinger and Ben Zobrist have been solid. BJ Upton has only started hitting recently and Carlos Pena has been downright awful. It is amazing that Tampa is still playing meaningful baseball.
I think Tampa keeps hope alive and Price picks up a 20th win.