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Game Notes: Andriese vs Miley

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A day after losing the Jon Lester sweepstakes, the Boston Red Sox agreed to a trade agreement with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the acquisition of left-handed pitcher, Wade Miley. The 28-year-old debuted for the Diamondbacks in 2011 and over the course of four seasons in Arizona made 102 starts, posting a 37-35 record and a 3.78 ERA.

As is the case for many of the members of the Red Sox rotation, Miley has been inconsistent and unreliable in 2015. In his first 14 starts of the season, the former first round draft pick has tossed 78 innings (5.5 innings per start) while posting a 4.50 ERA and a 4.46 xFIP.

Despite his poor overall numbers, Miley has made month-to-month improvements in certain facets of his performance.

After a disastrous first month of the season in which he posted a 8.62 ERA and a 5.90 xFIP in four starts, he has seen a decline in both metrics in each subsequent month. His 3.42 ERA and 3.80 xFIP in the month of June is nothing to write home about, but improvement is improvement. And the Red Sox sure need all the improvement they can get.

Today's game will be Miley's second start against the Rays this season. In his first appearance against the Rays on April 21 in St. Petersburg, Miley outdueled Chris Archer, tossing 5 ⅔ scoreless innings. The Red Sox won 1-0.

Although they lost last night's extra-inning game against the Red Sox, the Rays still have a half game lead over the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East. Tampa Bay will give the ball to Matt Andriese as he looks to rebound from his poor performance against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.

First pitch is at 4:10.

Wade Miley's 2015 Arsenal

PITCH VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs RHH vs LHH
Fourseam 92 mph

29.72% vs RHH

***

23.53% vs LHH

Lowe half of the strike zone and below the knees. Lower half of the strike zone and below the knees.
Sinker 92 mph

32.38% vs RHH

***

30.39% vs LHH

Low and away. Low and inside.
Slider 85 mph

12.36% vs RHH

***

0.33% vs LHH

Low and inside. Low and away.
Change 84 mph

18.69% vs RHH

***

37.91% vs LHH

Below the knees and away. Has thrown one changeup against lefties all season.
Curve 77 mph

6.84% vs RHH

***

7.84% vs LHH

Below the knees.

Low and away.

Noted Tendencies:

*In case you were unable to recognize a pattern, Miley attacks the lower half of the zone. Here is a look at the total of raw pitchers thrown to batters of either orientation:

*Against left handed hitters with two strikes, Miley has thrown his slider 59% of the time. Against right handed hitters with two strikes, he has thrown it 27% of the time.

*When swung at, Miley's changeup is whiffed 42% of the time. When put in play, Miley's changeup is hit on the ground 58.82% of the time.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX TAMPA BAY RAYS
Mookie Betts - CF Brandon Guyer - CF
Brock Holt - 2B Joey Butler - DH
Xander Bogaerts - SS Evan Longoria - 3B
David Ortiz - DH Logan Forsythe - 2B
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Steven Souza - RF
Mike Napoli - 1B Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Alejandro De Aza - LF David DeJesus - LF
Sandy Leon - C Jake Elmore - 1B
Jackie Bradley - RF Rene Rivera - C
Wade Miley - LHP Matt Andriese - RHP

--Hanley Ramirez will be out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game after sustaining a left wrist injury during Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Other Notes:

--The Rays will be sporting their faux-throwbacks today.

--Jake Odorizzi threw 51 pitches and said he experienced no pain in his left oblique. He is set to make his first rehab start in five days. Additionally, John Jaso has started his rehab with High-A Port Charlotte, and Tim Beckham has been reinstated from the disabled list. He joins Durham.