Top stats to know: Rays at Yankees

June, 30, 2014
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US PresswireChris Archer is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees.
The Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees begin a three-game series tonight in the Bronx (7 ET, ESPN/WatchESPN). Here are some storylines our broadcast crew will touch upon.

Matchup to Watch: Yankees Righties vs Chris Archer
Last season, righties hit .176 off of Chris Archer, the fourth-lowest rate among pitchers with at least 20 starts.

However, this year has been a different story as righties are hitting over .300 against him.

For what it’s worth, Archer is 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four career starts against the Yankees, one of five pitchers to win each of his first four starts against New York and allow no more than two runs in any of them, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Scoring Drought
Both the Yankees and Rays have struggled scoring runs this season. New York is averaging 4.04 runs per game (11th in the AL), and are 9-25 this season in games when it scores three or fewer runs.

As for the Rays, they are scoring only 3.79 runs per game, second-fewest in the American League (ahead of only Houston, at 3.76 runs per game).

In fact, since averaging 4.96 runs per game in 2009, the Rays scoring offense has gone down every season.

Misc. Notes
• Tampa Bay is 11-7 since June 11 (tied with Detroit for the second-best record in the AL).

• Tampa Bay has won 8 of the last 10 games in New York, outscoring the Bronx Bombers by 2 and a half runs per game.

• Evan Longoria loves facing the Yankees. His 26 HR are the most he’s hit against any team and tied with Carlos Pena for the third-most among active players (David Ortiz leads with 41).

• Mark Teixeira has homered in four of his last eight games (he hit only two home runs in his previous 25 games).

• Rookie Yangervis Solarte was hitting .336 with 4 HR and 23 RBI over his first 34 career games. However, over his last 35 games, Solarte is hitting only .190 with 2 HR and 7 RBI.

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