Stanek is expected to serve as the opener in Tuesday's series-opening game against the Dodgers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Stanek is once again slated to work the first inning at minimum Tuesday, this time as Clayton Kershaw's opposition. The right-hander would be serving as an opener for the 13th time in 19 appearances this season in the wake of firing two innings of one-hit, one-run ball in the same capacity against the Yankees last Friday.
Stanek allowed one run on a hit and struck out three over two innings Friday against the Yankees. Stanek gave up a solo homer in the second inning, but the Rays would respond by taking a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning. The 27-year-old has surrendered a run in two of his last three outings, though his ERA remains solid at 2.63 with 25 strikeouts across 24 frames.
Stanek will serve as the opener for Friday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Stanek will pitch an inning or two before giving way to Yonny Chirinos, who is expected to cover the majority of innings Friday. In 11 "starts" this season, Stanek owns a 1.62 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and 18:3 K:BB in 16.2 innings.
Stanek will serve as the opener Wednesday against the Marlins, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports. Stanek will once again "start" for the Rays given he has excelled as an opener this season with a 1.72 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and 17:2 K:BB over 15.2 innings (10 outings). Jalen Beeks is a likely candidate to enter as the bulk reliever after Stanek's inning or two.
Stanek will serve as the opener Saturday against the Yankees, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports. As he's done multiple times over the last two seasons, Stanek will toss the first inning or so before making way for the primary pitcher. Yonny Chirinos figures to handle the bulk of the innings Saturday.