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Game 24 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

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The Rays go for their second series victory of the homestand behind Jake Odorizzi

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With their victory last night, the Rays moved into sole possession of third place in the division, one game up over the Blue Jays, but still three games back of the Baltimore Orioles.

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% BABIP AVG HR fWAR GS IP
Marcus Stroman 3 0 4.37 4.00 13.6% 6.4% .222 .208 3 0.3 5 35
Jake Odorizzi 0 1 3.58 2.86 20.7% 4.3% .353 .288 2 0.8 5 27.2

After beginning the season with three solid starts, Odorizzi suffered a five run first at the hands of the Boston Red Sox, and would only last four innings -- giving up just those five runs. Then, in his follow up start his last time out, Odorizzi battled through five innings against the Orioles, but gave up just one lone run on seven hits walking and striking out just hitter apiece.

Marcus Stroman Scouting Report:

Stroman is off to a decent start for the Blue Jays, as he's given his team opportunities to win each time out and with his offensive backing, he usually has picked up the win. He faced the Rays on opening day and pitched eight full innings, allowing just three runs on six hits, walking a batter and striking out five. His last time out was on the 25th against Chicago, where he received a no-decision after pitching two outs in the seventh inning, surrendering four runs on six hits.

His arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.3 MPH

2.0% vs LHB

***

5.3% vs RHB

Sporadic Low and away
Sinker 92.3 MPH

49.6% vs LHB

***

67.2% vs RHB

Low and away, occasionally off the plate or below the zone Anywhere low in the zone
Cutter 89.8 MPH

14.9% vs LHB

***

2.1% vs RHB

Paints the inside corner Sporadic
Slider 85.2 MPH

15.3% vs LHB

***

9.8% vs RHB

Low and in, off the plate Low and away from the zone
Change 84.4 MPH

10.5% vs LHB

***

12.3% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Paints the inside corner, or works anywhere low in the zone
Curveball 81.4 MPH

7.7% vs LHB

***

3.3% vs RHB

Anywhere low in the zone Sporadic

His splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 71 .259 .197 .254 .333 2 11.3% 7.0%
vs RHB 69 .263 .219 .275 .313 1 15.9% 5.8%
HOME 81 .255 .206 .284 .274 0 13.6% 8.6%
AWAY 59 .269 .211 .237 .386 3 13.6% 3.4%

Today's Lineups

TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Michael Saunders - LF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Brad Miller - SS
Jose Bautista - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Corey Dickerson - DH
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Steven Souza - RF
Kevin Pillar - CF Logan Morrison - 1B
Ezequiel Carrera - RF Brandon Guyer - LF
Russell Martin - C Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Ryan Goins - 2B Hank Conger - C
Marcus Stroman - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP