The Tampa Bay Rays (37-33) take on the slumping Florida Marlins (32-38), hoping to take the second game of the 2011 Citrus Series schedule. The Marlins, who started the season hot, have gone 1-16 in the month of June, being outscored by 44 runs since the first.
Scheduled to start for the Rays, rookie Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.57 ERA, 3.49 FIP) looks to keep his strong pattern going. Making his fifth career start, Cobb has allowed only 1 run in his last 2 games, pitching or through into the 6th inning in his last 3 starts.
Toeing the mound for Marlins, Ricky Nolasco (4-2, 4.23 ERA, 3.55 FIP) hopes for his fortunes to improve. The Rays will have no shortage of challenge against Nolasco, who strikes out a lot of batters and walks very few. During the Marlins' recent losing streak, Nolasco has been a bit more inconsistent than usual, going 7 and 1/3 strong innings on the 8th of June, but only 3 innings on Monday, his last start.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field (tickets)
Television: Sun Sports HD (and FS-F HD for the Marlins' broadcast)
Radio: WDAE 620, WGES 680
American League Wild Card Standings
|New York||39||29||.573||0||Lost 1|
|Tampa Bay||37||33||.528||3||Won 1|
|Los Angeles||34||37||.478||6.5||Won 1|
|Kansas City||31||39||.442||9||Won 1|
(updated 6.18.2011 at 7:08 PM EDT)