This afternoon, let's hope rookie Jeremy Hellickson can out pitch the veteran Dan Haren. This is Hellickson's season debut, and his first year beginning as a starting pitcher in the Rays rotation. He has a pitching motion similar to James Shields, with similar pitches as well: A solid mid-80's change up, a decent fastball (90-94 mph) and a mid-70's looping bender that should give plenty halos a headache.
Sean Rodriguez hit a homerun last night as the third baseman in Longoria's absence on the Disabled List. Could he have the same production? Be on the lookout for who Maddon will drop into the infield today.
Let's also cross out fingers and hope Hellickson doesn't get roughed up all in one inning like the last four starters have.