Friday: Brandon Woodruff (MLB Debut) v. Jacob Faria (61.1 IP, 2.93 ERA, 8.51 K/9)
Woodruff will be attempting to make his MLB debut for the second time this season, after a pre-game injury forced him onto the disabled list last month when he was scheduled to start the opener of a double header against St. Louis. Woodruff has looked a little rough in a handful of rehab appearances with the Sky Sox, though he was the victim of poor defense and the realities of life as a pitcher in Colorado Springs.
Faria, also a rookie, has been one of the several surprise performers that have kept the Rays relevant in the league’s deepest division.
Saturday: Zach Davies (124.1 IP, 4.42 ERA, 6.23 K/9) v. Alex Cobb (141.0 IP, 3.89 ERA, 5.74 K/9)
Davies had a rare game in which he was not staked to an early 5-7 run lead his last time out, a rubber match loss to the Cubs at home last Sunday. Cobb is one of Tampa Bay’s most talented young pitchers, but the talent level of the opposing pitcher never seems to matter much to the Brewers offense when Davies is on the bump.
Sunday: James Nelson (133.2 IP, 3.37 IP, 10.03 K/9) v. Chris Archer (148.0 IP, 3.89 ERA, 11.07 K/9)
In what will be one of the premier pitching matchups of the weekend, Rays phenom Archer will take the hill against the runaway winner for the Brandon Belt Breakout Player award for 2017. Nelson is on pace to become only the second qualified pitcher this century to have a double-digit K/9 for Milwaukee, the other being Ben Sheets in 2004.
2017: First Meeting
All Time: 3-6 (2-4 in Tampa Bay)
The Rays, who have only made one trip to Milwaukee in their 19 years of existence, will play host to the Brewers for the third time this weekend. The teams last met in July of 2014, when Tampa Bay took two of three off the spiraling, free-falling Brewers.
Are the Rays good?
The Rays and Brewers share very similar stories this season, and it is fitting that they enter this weekend’s tilt with identical records. Neither team was expected to pose much of a threat to the playoff hopeful denizens or their respective leagues, yet both have weathered a myriad of storms to remain squarely in the hunt. Just like Milwaukee, the Rays are here due to big performances from players who were not expected to contribute in a significant way. For Tampa Bay, those players are noted-Gary Sanchez disliker Logan Morrison (.248/.363/.541, 28 HR), Steven Souza Jr. (.272/.374/.519, 23 HR), and the aforementioned Faria.
Who is the most handsome Rays player?
The most handsome Rays player is Kevin Kiermaier, who plays for Tampa Bay in his spare time. Kevin’s day job is haunting the dreams of all the lusty girls and boys who look upon his painfully attractive visage. He won’t appear in this series as he returns from injury; I’m sorry, there is nothing that I can do about this.
Hey, the Cubs lost again!
I know, it’s pretty good IMO. Let’s see just how the h*ck those jabronis like spending time in Washington.
Milwaukee Broadcast Information:
Friday: 6:10pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Saturday:5:10pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Sunday:12:10pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ