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Mentor vs Apprentice

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With the season all but over, this may be the most exciting game to close out the year and most fans of the team won't get to see thanks to a certain TV studio's restrictions. However, those of us who do get to, should be in for a treat a Chris Archer will take on his close friend and mentor, David Price.

Last night, the Rays suffered a loss that showed just how good the Blue Jays are. R.A. Dickey had a shaky first, then dominated the rest of the way, meanwhile his offense pummeled three balls over the wall for homers. Although the final score just 5-3, the game never seemed the close.

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

PITCHER W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG HR GS/G IP
Chris Archer 12 12 2.92 2.74 29.9% 7.3% .211 17 32/32 203.1
David Price 17 5 2.34 2.76 25.3% 5.3% .225 16 31/31 215.1

Chris Archer started the second half of the season as a leading candidate for the Cy Young award, however he has struggled. The main reason being his lack of control, causing him not to be able to work too deep into games. His last five starts have been among his worst, walks wise. Archer has walked 60 batters this season, roughly 30% of those have come in these past five starts. Archer's last time out was on the 21st against Boston, and it resulted in a no-decision as he only went five innings, but gave up a long run while he walked five and struck out three.

David Price Scouting Report:

So David Price is having the best year of his career. He's been better than his Cy Young year in 2012, and he was traded to a world series favorite, plus he's a free agent following the season and is due for a massive contract. Price last faced the Rays when he was with Detroit and Tampa Bay was able to get to him for five runs. Since he was dealt to Toronto however, Price has been possible the best pitcher in baseball as he has made 10 starts for Toronto is averaging under two runs a start and is going about seven innings a game, registering eight wins during that span. His last time out was on the 21st against New York and he dominated. He went seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while he walked one and struck out seven.

His arsenal:

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

28% vs LHB

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30% vs RHB

Anywhere in the zone Attacks the outside corner
Sinker Mid 90's

31% vs LHB

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22% vs RHB

Runs it under the hands Anywhere in the zone
Cutter Low 90's

16% vs LHB

***

15% vs RHB

Runs it low and away from the zone Attacks the outside corner
Change Mid 80's

14% vs LHB

***

25% vs RHB

Below the zone Low and away, usually out of the zone
Curve Low 80's

11% vs LHB

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07% vs RHB

Anywhere Below the zone

His splits:

TBF AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 222 .252 .281 .352 3 21.2% 3.2%
vs RHB 644 .216 .267 .344 13 26.7% 6.1%
HOME 419 .235 .270 .353 7 26.0% 4.1%
AWAY 447 .216 .270 .340 9 6.5% 6.5%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Brandon Guyer - LF Ben Revere - LF
Steven Souza - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Evan Longoria - DH Jose Bautista - RF
Logan Forsythe - 2B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Asdrubal Cabrera - SS Justin Smoak - 1B
Richie Shaffer - 3B Russell Martin - C
James Loney - 1B Ryan Goins - SS
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Kevin Pillar - CF
Rene Rivera - C Cliff Pennington - 2B
Chris Archer - RHP David Price - LHP

September 26th in Rays History:

  • Three Rays players were born on this date, including today's starting pitcher, Chris Archer (1988), professional loogy, Brian Shouse (1968), and long time outfielder/Bench coach, Davey Martinez (1964).
  • They are 5-9 all-time on this date
  • 1995 - The Devil Rays sign their first player when agree to a contract with Adam Sisk, who was promising pitching prospect the year before but suffered tendinitis in his elbow. He would never throw a professional pitch.
  • 2000 - Albie Lopez pitched eight shutout innings for Tampa Bay, then he turned over a 1-0 lead to Roberto Hernandez, whose first pitch turned into Jorge Posada's 28th homer of the year. That's all Hernandez would allow, then in the bottom half, Fred McGriff would the hero as he laced a walkoff single to win the game, 2-1.
  • 2004 With Hurricane Jeanne fast approaching, the decision is made to cancel the game between Tampa Bay and Toronto
  • 2008 - Despite losing to the Tigers, with Boston losing as well, the Rays clinched the division becoming the American League champions. The Rays first division title, makes the first time since 1997 that Boston or New York didn't take the division crowd.
  • 2011 - James Shields delivers, Desmond Jennings' catch, I present game 160
  • 2013 - Alex Cobb delivers an excellent outing and makes the great Mariano Rivera's final appearance in his career come in a loss as the Rays shutout New York, 4-0.
  • 2014 - Chris Archer and Corey Kluber engaged in an epic pitching duel with both pitchers going into the eighth inning. The lone run scored when Jose Ramirez homered off of Archer in the first and that;d be it as the Rays lost, 1-0.