Game 2 Preview

You have to like this one on paper for the Rays. Guthrie is 2-5 lifetime in nine starts against the Rays with a 4.64 ERA and is 0-3 with a 4.97 ERA at The Trop in his career.

Carlos Pena and B.J. Upton have been the most successful against Guthrie in those games. Upton has hit .381 with 1 HR and 8 RBI in 21 at bats while Pena has hit .412 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in 17 at bats.

Most of the Oriole regulars have not faced Garza but Adam Jones (.400 in 10 AB) and Miguel Tejada (.500 in 10 AB) are the only ones above the Mendoza line. Nick Markakis is 4 for 22 lifetime and Brian Roberts is 4 for 24 in his career against Garza but two of those four hits are homers.

Early ticket sales for this contest are a pathetic 15,000 so hopefully the walk-up sales are good because that is an embarrassing figure and a slap in the face to a team that deserves better appreciation from the area.

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