There will be a battle of Aces tonight in St. Petersburg as Johnny Cueto (5-2, 1.63 ERA, 3.41 FIP) and the Cincinnati Reds take on David Price (8-6, 3.51 ERA, 2.81 FIP) and the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Tropicana Field. First pitch is slated for 7:10 PM and the game will be aired on SunSports and 620 WDAE.
The Rays look to bounce back against Cincinnati after losing the series opener against the Reds last night 5-0. Mike Leake scattered 4 hits over 6 innings of work, while Brandon Phillips went 4-5 with 2 RBI and former Ray Jonny Gomes blasted one off the C Ring for his 11th home run of the year.
For the Rays to rebound, they'll have to get past Cueto, who has been dominant this season for the Reds. Johnny has not given up more than 3 earned runs in any of his starts this year and only gave up 1 earned run in 7 innings of work in his last start against the Yankees.
Price was just as good for the Rays in his last start against Milwaukee, giving up 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings of work. David will need to have to be just as good if the Rays are to win tonight.