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Game Notes: The Battle of the Jakes

Odorizzi and deGrom duel at the Trop

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After sweeping the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins over the course of the past week, the New York Mets are in sole possession of first place in the National League East.

Their six game winning streak has personified a season long theme: dominant starting pitching. With an embarrassment of riches in the form of young, hard-throwing pitchers, the Mets own  the second highest WAR among major league rotations. During the team's current six game winning streak, the Mets' starting pitching has compiled a 1.44 earned run average.

Jake deGrom will take the mound in tonight's game against the Rays as Jake Odorizzi looks to maintain his majestic earned run average of 1.41 at the Trop.

First pitch is at 7:10.

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*Daniel Nava will be making his first career start as a Ray.

The Book on Jake deGrom

The three-headed dragon of Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob deGrom has the potential of becoming the best pitching trio in recent memory. All three pitchers have a high-octane fourseam fastball (97, 97, 96 respectively) and all three pitchers have yet to celebrate their 28th birthday.

Drafted in the ninth round of the 2010 draft, deGrom missed the entire 2011 season due to Tommy John surgery. From 2012 to 2013, deGrom pitched at five different levels without pitching particularly impressively at any of them.

In the next season, he dominated seven starts at Triple-A before making his major league debut on May 15. In 22 starts at the big league level, the Florida native tossed 140.1 innings and compiled a 2.69 ERA and a 2.67 FIP, earning him the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

deGrom has continued his dominance in the first 20 starts of his 2015 campaign. Among qualified starting pitchers, he has posted the third lowest ERA (2.09), the fourth lowest FIP (2.53), and the eighth highest WAR (3.9).

Jake deGrom's Arsenal

PITCH VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs RHH vs LHH
Fourseam 96 mph

50.61% vs RHH

***

47.29% vs LHH

Sporadic, though he throws a high percentage of pitches middle of the zone and away. Sporadic, though he throws many pitches high and away.
Sinker 95 mph

11.99% vs RHH

***

15.76% vs LHH

Inside. Outside the zone, away.
Change 86 mph

7.32% vs RHH

***

13.35% vs LHH

At the knees and below the knees. At the knees or below the knees.
Slider 90 mph

23.27% vs RHH

***

14.12% vs LHH

Low and away almost exclusively. Sporadic, though often in the lower part of the zone.
Curve 83 mph

6.81% vs RHH

***

9.48% vs LHH

Below the knees. Below the knees.
Noted Tendencies

*Throws a four seam fastball on the first pitch against right handed hitters 61% of the time.

Other Rays' Notes:

--Injury update on Drew Smyly:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Heard <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a> Smyly was 91-92 last night for Durham, had some trouble putting hitters away. Will make at least 1 more rehab start</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/629705225113325568">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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--Matt Moore is scheduled to make his first Triple-A start tonight:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rays?src=hash">#Rays</a> Moore makes 1st start tonight for <a href="https://twitter.com/DurhamBulls">@DurhamBulls</a> since being sent down</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/status/629705342738427904">August 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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