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Game 4 Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

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The Rays got their first win of the season in a storied fashion, today they'll go for win number two

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Well, following yesterday's dramatics the Rays play their first day game of the regular season as well as their first southpaw on the mound, giving Tim Beckham and Steve Pearce their first starts of the season.

Today's Starting Pitchers:

Matt Moore vs J.A. Happ

2015 Season W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG HR GS IP fWAR
J.A. Happ 11 8 3.61 3.41 21.1% 6.3% .258 16 32 172 3.3
Matt Moore 3 4 5.43 4.82 16.6% 8.3% .295 9 12 63 2.9

Matt Moore is making his season debut behind a strong spring showing and after an impressive return last September from Tommy John Surgery when he looked like the Matt Moore of old.  He'll face a tough test as he goes up against the juggernaut Blue Jays lineup.

J.A. Happ Scouting Report:

Happ is entering his ninth years in the majors in a career that has handed him plenty of ups and downs, like a phenomenal rookie campaign in 2009, having been traded four times in deals that have involved 14 other players, and he also suffered one of baseball's worst injuries as we was struck in the head by a line drive.

For the better part of his career, Happ has been dependable, but not particularly great. Last off-season, the Blue Jays traded Happ to Seattle for Michael Saunders. Happ was decent for the Mariners, then was traded to the Pirates at the trade deadline and turned into one of the best pitchers in the league for the rest of the season. He became a free agent, and quickly signed a three year, $36 million deal.

His arsenal:

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

62.1% vs LHB

***

52.3% vs RHB

Keeps it low and away Anywhere in thr zone
Sinker Low 90's

3.8% vs LHB

***

15.3% vs RHB

Runs it in, off the plate Keeps it under, or away from the zone
Cutter Mid 80's

22.7% vs LHB

***

10.8% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Down and in, off the plate
Change-up Mid 80's

0.4% vs LHB

***

12.0% vs RHB

Barely used Stays below the zone
Curve Ball High 70's

11.0% vs LHB

***

9.6% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone

Down and in, off the plate

His splits:

2015 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 185 .294 .266 .299 .381 2 27.6% 4.3%
vs RHB 532 .307 .256 .311 .394 14 18.8% 7.0%
HOME 346 .292 .248 .307 .358 4 19.4% 7.5%
AWAY 371 .315 .268 .308 .420 12 22.6% 5.1%

Today's Lineups

TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Kevin Pillar - CF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Brandon Guyer - LF
Jose Bautista - RF Evan Longoria - 3B
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Steve Pearce - 1B
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Desmond Jennings - DH
Chris Colabello - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Russell Martin - C Tim Beckham - SS
Ezequiel Carrera - LF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Darwin Barney - 2B Curt Casali - C
J.A. Happ - LHP Matt Moore - LHP