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Game 6 Notes: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

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Baseball 1, Mother Nature 0

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

So, despite mother nature's fury on the northern half of the continent, the Rays and Orioles will attempt to engage in a baseball game tonight, despite 30 degree temperatures and 20mph winds. This is actually best case scenario for the Rays as they have more than enough off days during the early stages of the season and with Orioles star, Adam Jones nursing a sore rib cage, they'll play another game with him out of the lineup.

Today's Starting Pitchers

2015 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG HR GS/G IP fWAR
Mike Wright 3 5 6.04 6.13 12.8% 8.8% .287 9 9/12 44.2 -0.3
Drew Smyly 5 2 3.11 3.91 28.0% 7.3% .228 11 12/12 66.2 0.9

Smyly pitched alright during his season debut against the Blue Jays on Monday, but he still came away with the loss despite allowing just six in close to seven innings on the mound. Three of those hits happened to go over the wall for homers as Smyly also allowed five runs. He also struck out five and walked a hitter.

Mike Wright Scouting Report:

A 2011, third round draft pick, Wright spent four seasons working his way through the ranks before finally making his major league debut in 2015. Wright would enjoy an excellent beginning to his career, not allowing a run for his first 15 innings. Then, the wheels fell off and he struggled for the rest of the year, splitting time between the majors and minors.

His arsenal:

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

51.0% vs LHB

***

60.6% vs RHB

Tends to pitch up in the zone Tends to pitch up in the zone
Sinker Low-90's

19.1% vs LHB

***

8.0% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Goes for the ankles
Slider Mid-80's

10.5% vs LHB

***

22.6% vs RHB

Below the zone Sweeps it, through, then low and away from the zone
Change Low-80's

15.7% vs LHB

***

6.9% vs RHB

Below the zone Below the zone
Curve High-70's

3.7% vs LHB

***

1.9% vs RHB

Sporadic Sporadic

His splits:

CAREER TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 101 .392 .319 .386 .533 4 10.9% 7.9%
vs RHB 103 .361 .256 .350 .506 5 14.6% 9.7%
HOME 116 .358 .271 .328 .514 6 11.2% 6.9%
AWAY 88 .401 .311 .420 .527 3 14.8% 11.4%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Logan Forsythe - 2B Joey Rickard - CF
Logan Morrison - DH Nolan Reimold - LF
Evan Longoria - 3B Manny Machado - SS
Corey Dickerson - LF Chris Davis - 1B
Steve Pearce - 1B Mark Trumbo - RF
Brad Miller - SS Matt Wieters - DH
Steven Souza - RF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Caleb Joseph - C
Curt Casali - C Ryan Flaherty - 3B
Drew Smyly - LHP Mike Wright - RHP