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Primetime Game Notes: Colome vs Richards

Game preview under the lights
Game preview under the lights
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After losing six in a row this past week, the Rays were able to secure a series victory against the Baltimore Orioles, by winning their last two games. The Rays bats finally came alive during a Jake Odorizzi start as Joey Butler went 4-5 and Steven Souza has homered for the third straight game. Afterward, the Rays flew out to the west coast where they'll take on the Los Angeles Angels tonight at 10:05.

The Rays will send Alex Colome to the mound to face off against Garrett Richards. Colome has been solid this year, with the exception of a couple difficult starts. He'll carry a record of 3-1 into tonight's game with a 4.55 ERA and a 3.97 FIP, to go along with a 17.7 K% and 4.0 BB%. His last time out, he went five plus innings, and allowed two runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out three.

His opponent on the mound, Garrett Richards, has a record of 4-3, with a 3.12 ERA and a 3.57 FIP in 52 innings pitched over eight starts. After being dominant to begin the year, Richards has struggled in his past two starts allowing five runs in each start. His last time out, he pitched into the seventh inning, but allowed five runs (three earned) on eights hits, while walking two and striking out six.

Garrett Richards Scouting Report:

Garrett Richards has four pitches he uses on opposing hitters: A high octane fastball (54%) and sinker (9%) in the mid-to-high 90's, a slider (34%) in the high 80's, and a curve (2%) in the high 70's.

Richards challenges opposing hitters with his fastball, throwing it all over the zone. He keeps his sinker up and away from the zone to lefties, while burying it down and in to righties. With his slider, he sweeps along the bottom of the zone, usually landing down and out of it to righties, while to lefties, he has run down and in, burying it in on the ankles. He's rarely used the curve this year, and doesn't really show a pattern where he throws it.

Richards carries a 19.9 K% and 9.7 BB% into tonight's game, but when opposing hitters do make contact, it's usually on the ground as 56% of balls in play have been grounders. Meanwhile 42% are fly balls and line drives make up the other 10%.

Other Rays Notes:

- The Rays are currently in a tie for first place in the AL East with the Yankees, who will go up against Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners

- MLB released the current voting results of the All-Star game, and once again no Rays appear on the board. Speaking of All-Stars, check out this article promoting Logan Forsythe.

- With the absence of Desmond Jennings, Joey Butler has been a nice surprise for the Rays.

- June 1st in Rays History of which they are 6-10 all time. Fun fact, the Rays have been involved in a shutout the past four years on this date, one victory and three losses. They haven't scored in the past 25 innings on this date.

  • 2008 - Gabe Gross lifts a walkoff Solo-HR in the bottom of the 10th inning off of Matt Thornton of the Chicago White Sox to give the Rays a 4-3 victory,
  • 2010 - Kevin Gregg implodes while trying to close out a game against the Rays for the Blue Jays, and ends up allowing four runs. Both he, and Joe Maddon were ejected in the inning and the Rays would go on to win, 7-6.
  • 2011 - The Rays are shutout by the Rangers by the score of 3-0, only mustering five hits.
  • 2012 - David Price and co. combine to shutout the Baltimore Orioles, winning the game by the score of 5-0 (all five runs came in the 1st inning).
  • 2013 - The Rays are shutout by the Indians by the score of 5-0, only mustering four hits.
  • 2014 - Jerry Sands makes his Rays debut, batting cleanup and goes 0-4 with three strikeouts. Also, the Rays were shutout by the Red Sox by the score of 4-0, only mustering five hits.