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Game 2 Notes: Andriese vs Volquez

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As a result of the rainout yesterday, the Rays get to play a double header today (which also means they get to carry a 26th man on the active roster). Game one is currently in progress and so far Matt Moore has struggled, but Evan Longoria and James Loney bailed him out.

With their extra player, the Rays promoted Matt Andriese from Durham and have decided to push Alex Colome to the pen. This could be perhaps signs of Colome's future with the team after Jake Odorizzi returns from his rehab stint, which should be on Saturday.

During his last time on a major league mound (June 27th), Matt Andriese delivered probably the best start of his career as he went six innings against Boston and only allowed one hit, walked none, and struck out five. So far this year, he is 3-2 with 2 saves, to go along with a 3.24 ERA and a 4.23 FIP over 11 games (6 starts) and 41.2 innings pitched.

After last night's rainout, he's a refresher on Volquez.

Edinson Volquez Scouting Report:

So far this year, Volquez is 8-4 with a 3.48 ERA and a 3.70 FIP to go along with a 18.2 K% and a 8.2 BB% over the course of 16 starts and 95.2 innings pitched. His last time out, he went five innings against the Astros and allowed five runs on eight hits, a walk, and he struck out eight.

His Arsenal:

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

10% vs LHB

***

11% vs RHB

NA NA
Sinker Mid 90's

39% vs LHB

***

47% vs RHB

NA NA
Change Mid-to-Upper 80's

26% vs LHB

***

18% vs RHB

NA NA
Curve Low 80's

25% vs LHB

***

24% vs RHB

NA NA

So far this year, Volquez is generating ground balls nearly half the time as they are hit 47% of the time off him. Meanwhile, line drives are hit 20% of the time and flies are hit 33% of the time off him.

Righties are hitting far better off of Edinson this year as they have slashed .249/.337/.364 against him with 3 HR to go along with a 15.6 K% and a 9.7 BB%  in 186 trips to the plate. Meanwhile, lefties have slashed .207/.270/.320 with 4 HR to go along with a 20.5 K% and 7.0 BB% against him in 215 trips to the plate.

Other Rays Notes:

- A couple of promotions to Montgomery for two players in the Rays farm

- July 7th in Rays Future

  • 2018 - Brent Honeywell makes his much anticipated major league debut, striking out the side in the first. He'd go a total of five scoreless innings, walking two and striking out 12 in the process.
  • 2020 - Casey Gillaspie and Richie Shaffer continue their assault on MLB pitching as they each have 25 HR. Shaffer reaching the mark after a multi-homer day during today's game.
  • 2022 - The Rays begin history as they break ground on the world's first ever floating stadium, that will also act as a cruise line during the offseason. Ducky's (one of the world's fastest growing franchises) is one of the main investors.
  • 2027 - During a lack luster season for the team, they deal away two time Cy Young award winner, Jose Mujica for a trio of top prospects.