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Game Notes: Nathan Karns vs Chris Sale

Scouting Report & Lineups, More Draft Signings, and the 12th anniversary of a little known brawl

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After a back and forth game last night in which the Rays blew two seperate leads, only to come back and regain the lead in the bottom of the 8th, thanks to an overzealous Alexi Ramirez, the Rays will take on the White Sox with dreams of a sweep today with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10. Also, with the win last night, culminating with the Yankees finally losing, the Rays are tied for first place in the AL East.

Heading to the mound for Tampa Bay will be Nathan Karns, who is coming off a loss courtesy of the Angels, in which he went 5+ innings, allowing five runs -- four earned  -- on nine hits, including an Albert Pujols HR, while also walking two and striking out four. Heading into today's game, he is 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA and a 4.43 FIP to go along with a 21 K% and 10.1 BB% over the course of 12 starts and 67.2 innings pitched. His opponent on the mound will be, White Sox ace Chris Sale.

Chris Sale Scouting Report:

Heading into play today, Chris Sale is 6-2 with a 3.04 ERA and a 2.41 FIP with a 31.7 K% and 5.8 BB% over the course of 11 starts and 74 innings pitched. He's been more of a ground ball pitcher this year with a 42.1% ground ball rate, to go along with a 37.6% fly ball rate, and 20.2% line drive rate.

Opposing managers have mainly trotted out righties to face Sales, as he has gone against 254 righties, while only facing 39 lefties. Righties have slashed .208/.248/.343 with 6 HR, while having a 32.3 K% and 4.7 BB%, meanwhile lefties have slashed .242/.368/.281 with 0 HR, while having a 28.2 K% and 12.8 BB%.

PITCH VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball Mid 90's

38% vs LHB /

43% vs RHB

Keeps it middle-away, while changing the eye level Works up in the zone, any side of the plate
Sinker Low 90's

10% vs LHB /

13% vs RHB

Sparingly used, keeps it low and in Keeps it low and away, usually sinks out of the zone
Slider Low 80's

30% vs LHB /

12% vs RHB

Sweeps it low and away, almost always out of the zone Will use it anywhere low in the zone, occasionally burying it down and in
Change Mid 80's

22% vs LHB /

31% vs RHB

Sporadically, occasionally dropping it below the zone Keeps it middle and away, picking at the corners

Today's Lineups

CHICAGO WHITE SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Adam Eaton - CF Brandon Guyer - CF
Alexei Ramirez - SS Joey Butler - LF
Jose Abreu - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Adam LaRoche - DH Logan Forsythe - 2B
Avisail Garcia - RF Steven Souza - RF
Melky Cabrera - LF Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Gordon Beckham - 3B Jake Elmore - 1B
Carlos Sanchez - 2B Nick Franklin - DH
Tyler Flowers - C Rene Rivera - C
Chris Sale - LHP Nate Karns - RHP

- Joey Butler getting a rare start in the field
- Nick Franklin a day off the field, serving as the DH
- Logan Forsythe back in, at 2nd

Other Rays Notes:

- Rays have now signed, I think 6 of their 40 picks

- Jake Odorizzi update

- Although the team is hitting very many homeruns (9th in the AL), their system is picking up the slack, led by a couple of first rounders (Casey Gillaspie with 15 and Richie Shaffer with 14)

June 14th in Rays History, of which they are 7-8:

  • 1998 - Jim Mecir allows the Red Sox to walkoff in the bottom of the 10th inning as Troy O'Leary had an infield single that scored Nomar Garciaparra from 2nd base.
  • 2000 - Heading into the bottom of the 9th inning against the Angels, the Devil Rays had been shutout and were down 2-0. Mike Scioscia brought it Troy Percival to try and close it out, who promptly gave up a HR to Jose Guillen, followed by a single to Greg Vaughn. Fred McGriff would cap the night off when he blasted a walkoff HR to right to win the game, 3-2.
  • 2002 - After coming back to tie the game in the top of the 9th and trading runs in 12th, the Devil Rays finally are able to breakthrough and win in the 14th inning against the Marlins after back-to-back doubles from Steve Cox and Ben Grieve, the final score would be 4-3.
  • 2003 - Marlon Anderson and Jason Kendall are the middle of a wild fracas caused by a beanball war between the Devil Rays and Pirates. Anderson and Carl Crawford would be suspended 3 games each, Al Martin and Joe Kennedy would each be fined for their actions. Jason Kendall was suspended for 3 games, as was Julian Tavarez (who'd have another run in with Tampa Bay during spring training in 2006).
  • 2006 - After carrying a 1 hit shutout and a 1 run lead into the bottom of the 9th against the Tigers, Mark Hendrickson allows two singles combined with an error to let the Tigers tie the game at one. However, the Devil Rays would comeback to win the game after scoring four runs in the top of the 12th inning against Todd Jones.
  • 2011 - James Shields throws a five hit shutout against the Red Sox, and the Rays would win the game 4-0.