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Game 20 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

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The Rays go for the series victory against the division leaders

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Archer's return to dominance last night propelled the Rays to a 2-0 shutout of the Orioles has the Baltimore bats -- with the exception of Pedro Alvarez, who was apparently in a slump -- couldn't figure out the Rays young ace. The victory placed the Rays just a game under .500, with a record of 9-10, just two and a half games back of the Orioles who top the division with a record of 11-7

Today's Starting Pitchers

2016 W L IP GS ERA FIP K% BB% HR AVG BABIP fWAR GS
Jake Odorizzi 0 1 22.2 4 3.97 2.68 24.2% 4.2% 2 .275 .348 0.7 4
Ubaldo Jimenez 1 1 17 3 3.71 3.62 27.0% 10.8% 2 .288 .386 0.2 3

Jake Odorizzi had his worst outing of the year last time out as Boston racked up five runs against him thanks in large part to a rough first inning as all five runs came during that frame. Nonetheless, Odorizzi only lasted four innings and gave up the five runs on eight hits, as he walked one and struck out three.

*Rays Tidbit - If Jake Odorizzi strikeout more than three batters tonight, he'll move past Victor Zambrano for 10th in franchise history.

Ubaldo Jimenez Scouting Report:

The former National League Cy Young candidate has struggled since joining the Orioles before the start of the 2014 season and so far he is off to a so-so start in 2016. After an excellent start to the year with a stellar seven inning performance against the Twins, Jimenez has turned in back to back five inning efforts. His last time out was on Wednesday against the Blue Jays when he gave up two runs on five hits -- including a homer -- while he walked four and struck out six. He has particularly struggled with the walks, giving up eight over his last 10 innings pitched.

His arsenal:

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

16.4% vs LHB

***

22.7% vs RHB

Tends to stay middle-away Anywhere in the zone
Sinker Low 90's

33.5% vs LHB

***

39.2% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Anywhere below the zone
Splitter Mid 80's

23.6% vs LHB

***

15.5% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Anywhere below the zone
Slider Low 80's

15.0% vs LHB

***

16.0% vs RHB

Below the zone Below the zone
Change Low 80's

4.3% vs LHB

***

0.6% vs RHB

Sporadic Has thrown it just once
Curve Mid 70's

7.1% vs LHB

***

6.1% vs RHB

Sporadic Sporadic

His splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 28 .458 .348 .464 .609 1 32.1% 17.9%
vs RHB 46 .299 .256 .304 .372 1 23.9% 6.5%
HOME 51 .341 .277 .333 .447 2 29.4% 7.8%
AWAY 23 .398 .316 .435 .474 0 21.7% 17.4%

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Joey Rickard - LF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Adam Jones - CF Brad Miller - SS
Manny Machado - 3B Evan Longoria - 3B
Chris Davis - 1B Corey Dickerson - DH
Mark Trumbo - RF Desmond Jennings - LF
J.J. Hardy - SS Logan Morrison - 1B
Pedro Alvarez - DH Steven Souza - RF
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Caleb Joseph - C Curt Casali - C
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP