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Game 17 Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

Blake Snell makes his major league debut against the Yankees Japanese Ace

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

HAPPY BLAKE SNELL DAY!

Today's Starting Pitchers:

W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Blake Snell (AAA) 1 1 2.51 2.95 33.3% 11.1%

.273

.424 1 3 14.1 NA
Masahiro Tanaka 1 0 3.06 2.98 22.5% 7.0% .200 .250 1 3 17.2 0.4

On this date exactly one year ago, Blake Snell was in the midst of his season opening almost 50 inning scoreless streak. He had just wrapped up a short performance for the Stone Crabs, then would be promoted to Montgomery following his next outing. Over the course of the next few months, Snell would become a household name for prospect gurus as he made stops in Triple-A and Double-A, while also making an appearances at the Futures' Game in July.

So far in Durham this year, Snell has struggled some with his control and hasn't been able to pitch deep into games due to those control issues as well as his high strikeout totals. Nonetheless, he has still been exceptional while on the mound, sporting a low ERA/FIP despite a rather high BABIP.

Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report:

Tanaka is entering his third season stateside after dealing with injuries his first two years, while he still put up terrific numbers whenever he did grace the mound for New York. Tanaka has been solid each time out so far in 2016, putting up his best start of the season his last time out against the Mariners as he gave up two earned runs on six hits, walking none and striking out six en route to his first win of the season.

His arsenal:

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

7.1% vs LHB

***

3.8% vs RHB

Tends to stay low and away Pitches middle-away
Sinker Low 90's

17.1% vs LHB

***

32.8% vs RHB

Anywhere Anywhere
Cutter Mid 80's

6.4% vs LHB

***

7.6% vs RHB

Sporadic Low and away
Splitter Mid 80's

45.0% vs LHB

***

29.0% vs RHB

Below the zone Below the zone
Slider Low 80's

13.6% vs LHB

***

24.4% vs RHB

Low and away Low and away
Curveball Mid 70's

10.7% vs LHB

***

2.3% vs RHB

Low and in Low and away

His splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 39 .182 .158 .179 .237 0 20.5% 2.6%
vs RHB 32 .363 .259 .375 .444 1 25.0% 12.5%
HOME 49 .249 .208 .224 .354 1 20.4% 2.0%
AWAY 22 .295 .177 .364 .235 0 27.3% 18.2%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS NEW YORK YANKEES
Logan Forsythe - 2B Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Logan Morrison - 1B Brett Gardner - LF
Evan Longoria - DH Carlos Beltran - RF
Corey Dickerson - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Desmond Jennings - LF Alex Rodriguez - DH
Brad Miller - SS Brian McCann - C
Steve Pearce - 3B Starlin Castro - 2B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Chase Headley - 3B
Hank Conger - C Didi Gregorius - SS
Blake Snell - LHP Masahiro Tanaka - RHP