Matt Wieters, Rays Killer
April 15, 2014
For review: .340/.393/.575.
That's Matt Wieters' career slash line against the Tampa Bay Rays. In other words, he's a Rays killer.
Wieters was at it again Monday night, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs as part of a 7-1 Orioles victory against the Rays. Wieters' effort continued his hot start to the season at the plate, which Gary Thorne asked him about in the MASN postgame interview.
Thorne: "What's the difference?"
Wieters: "I don't know that, but I'm going to try and keep hitting it hard."
Let's look back on that career slash line against the Rays (source: career batting splits on Baseball Reference).
The .340 average? It's his best against any team except the Philadelphia Phillies, and in that case we're comparing 74 games to five games. His highest career average against another A.L. East opponent is the .266 he's posted against Boston.
The .393 OBP? It's his best against any team except the Miami Marlins, and again we're comparing 74 games to five games. His highest career OBP against another A.L. East opponent is the .331 he's posted against Boston.
And the .575 slugging percentage? It's his third best against any opponent, but you know what's coming next: He's played only two games against the Cincinnati Reds (.889) and five games against the Marlins (.647). His highest career slugging percentage against another A.L. East opponent is the .436 he's posted against the Yankees.
He also has the more career hits (91), runs (37), home runs (15), and RBI (53) against the Rays than any other team. Heck, he's even had two of his six career stolen bases against them.
So yeah, Matt Wieters is a Rays killer.