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Game Notes: Odorizzi to DL; Karns takes on Shoemaker

More Draft, Moore Rehab, More History

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

After an eventful offday in which the Rays made their first two selections in the annual draft (Garrett Whitley and Chris Betts), the Rays finally travel back home for a three city road trip that seemed to last an eternity. However, in rare form, the Rays managed to win both series out west after taking two of three in Baltimore.

Unfortunately, they actually managed to lose a game in the East as the Yankees just won't stop winning, having won six in a row, along with the Toronto Blue Jays who have equaled the Yankees run. Heading into play tonight, the Rays are a game and half out.

Tonight, they welcome the Angels into town for a three game set. Hopefully Albert Pujols is going to come back down to Earth, as he as homered seven times in his past 10 games, including three times against the Rays. The team will need to hold the Angels at bay without some of their best as well.

Jake Odorizzi was officially placed on the 15-day DL with Andrew Bellatti was recalled to take his place this afternoon.  Earlier today, Jim Hickey said on MLB Network radio that Jake Odorizzi would miss at least a few weeks, so a DL move seemed inevitable. Meanwhile, Evan Longoria is again not in the starting lineup with a sore wrist. Fear not, however, as Asdrubal Cabrera is feeling better and batting 6th.

Going to the mound for Tampa Bay will be Nathan Karns and he'll be opposed by Matt Shoemaker. Karns last pitched on Wednesday where he gave up homers to Mike Trout and perhaps the mightest bat in the Angels lineup, Johnny Giavotella. So far this year he is 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 4.40 FIP with a 21.9 K% and 10.6 BB% over the course 11 starts and 62 innings pitched.

His opponent, Matt Shoemaker, hasn't pitched in over eight days due to the Angels schedule having two off days over a five day period. Shoemaker is in his second full season in the majors, after being one of the best pitchers on the Angels staff last year. So far this season, he is 3-4 with an identical 5.08  ERA/FIP over the course of 10 games and 56.2 innings pitched.

Matt Shoemaker Scouting Report:

Fastball High 80's 27% vs LHB / 39% vs RHB Up and away from the zone Middle or away while changing the eye level of the hitter
Sinker High 80's 33% vs LHB / 10% vs RHB Tails it away from lefties, occasional getting the corner Buries it down and in, rarely lands in the zone
Splitter Low 80's 23% vs LHB / 19% vs RHB Anywhere in the bottom of the zone Anywhere in the bottom of the zone
Slider Low 80's 02% vs LHB / 30% vs RHB Rarely uses it, but has in run low and in Sweep it along the bottom of the zone, landing it low and out of the zone
Curve Mid 70's 14 % vs LHB / 03% vs RHB Sporadic Sporadic

Shoemaker carries a 22.6 K% and 6.0 BB% into tonight's game. When opponents make contact, 21.5% are line drives, 33.7% are ground balls, and 44.8% of those are fly balls.

Shoemaker has shown a reverse split so far this season, as he faced close to an equal amount of lefties/righties. In 111 trips to the plate, lefties have slashed .218/.291/.475 with six homers, but he is walking them more compared to righties with a 9.0 BB% compared to 3.2% vs righties. Meanwhile, righties have slashed .271/.306/.500 with seven homers in 124 trips to the plate.

Today's Lineups

Erick Aybar - SS Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Mike Trout - CF Joey Butler - DH
Albert Pujols - 1B David DeJesus - LF
Kole Calhoun - RF Logan Forsythe - 2B
David Freese - 3B Steven Souza - RF
Matt Joyce - DH Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
Carlos Perez - C Jake Elmore - 3B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis - LF Nick Franklin - 1B
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Rene Rivera - C
Matt Shoemaker - RHP Nate Karns - RHP

Other Rays Notes:

- Daniel Robertson had surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand.

- Matt Moore will make his 2nd rehab start today in Port Charlotte.

- The Rays aren't getting much support for the mid-summer classic this year, but they'll be very well represented in the minor league all star games as Montgomery has four player, Bowling Green has two, and Charlotte has six, including three of their acquisitions from this past offseason.

- Not cool for another injured Ray...

- Former Rays closer, Rafael Soriano, has finally signed with a team

- June 9th in Rays history, of which they are 7-7 alltime:

  • 1974Randy Winn is born, he'd be the team's sole all-star in the controversial 2002 mid summer classic. Over the course of five season with Tampa Bay, he slashed .279/.342/.400 with 24 HR in 519 games played, before being traded for Lou Pinella and Antonio Perez.
  • 1999 - After playing 12 innings, the team allows the Braves to walk off after Andruw Jones lines a single up the middle with the bases loaded.
  • 2004 - The team begins a 12 game winning streak, thanks to Jose Cruz Jr drilling a walk off single down the right field line off of the Giants' Tyler Walker.
  • 2008 - Evan Longoria, Willy Aybar, and Dioner Navarro become the first trio in team history to homer back-to-back-to-back when they all connect off of Joe Saunders in the second inning. Longo would homer again in the 9th, and the Rays would win 13-4.
  • 2009 - They apparently signed Jorge Julio, who'd pitch in 19 games for Durham before being released in August
  • 2010 - Kevin Kiermaier is selected in the 31st round of the annual draft
  • 2014 - Many of the team's fans rejoiced after Josh Lueke was DFA'd, and on this date he was outrighted to Triple-A Durham.