Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday at Rays

Orioles (75-86) vs. Rays (79-82)

Where: Tropicana Field


First pitch: 3:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (11-11, 4.81 ERA) vs. Rays LHP Blake Snell (4-7, 4.27)

What to watch

1. A good note? After a poor outing Tuesday, Kevin Gausman has a last shot at finishing with a positive. He has a 2.82 ERA in his past 13 starts. It's been a dissatisfying season for Gausman, but it always helps to end the year on a good outing.

2. Scoring drought. The Orioles have scored just 83 runs this month, the fewest in baseball, and have just seven runs over their past three games. Can their powerful lineup break through for one more big outing before packing up for the winter?

3. That's a wrap. The Orioles and Blue Jays go into the last day of the regular season still tied for last place in the American League East. So, the Orioles have one more chance to get out of the cellar. If they lose, they still have a shot at improving their draft position by as many as three spots.

Orioles lineup

CF Austin Hays

2B Jonathan Schoop

3B Manny Machado

1B Trey Mancini

DH Mark Trumbo

SS J.J. Hardy


RF Anthony Santander

C Caleb Joseph

LF Joey Rickard