The Rays will host the Phillies for a second game of the series after surrendering 1-2 on a ninth inning run last night.
The Rays know that their bullpen in terrible. Archer has been studying the tapes of the Phillies hitting against the similar hand and technique pitchers as himself to get the Rays comfortable enough before the final innings to avoid the dependency on the bullpen.
With Arrieta opposing Archer and the Phillies on a 4 game winning streak - the odds are on the Rays' side. If we take a look at the numbers the pitchers produced so fa - we can clearly see that the bold style of pitching by Archer can be at times be too adventurous and get the opposition lots of opportunities to score going hand by hand with high rate of strike outs.
But, because the line is as low as 7 runs with such high ERA on both sides - the only pick here with value is the Rays.