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Game 31 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners

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The Rays hope to begin another streak after having their four game run ended last night

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Last night, Felix Hernandez showed he doesn't need his velocity to stymy the Rays as has done many times before, as the Mariners chased Matt Moore early the went to work on the weak side of the Rays bullpen en route to a 5-2 victory, ending the Rays string of four consecutive victories.

The loss put the Rays back even at .500, as they sit at 15-15, tied for third in the division, three games back of the Orioles and Red Sox atop the AL East. The Mariners improved to 19-13 and are a game and a half above the Texas Rangers

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L IP GS ERA FIP K% BB% HR AVG BABIP fWAR
Drew Smyly 1 3 39.2 6 2.72 3.03 31.5% 5.4% 5 .164 .205 1.0
Wade Miley 2 2 38.0 6 4.74 4.02 18.0% 5.1% 5 .286 .325 0.4

Last time out, Drew Smyly had his worst start since his season opener. He only allowed two runs on five hits, but lasted just five innings, striking out six and walking two. It wasn't a terrible outing, but still less than we've come to expect  from the dominating southpaw. So far this year, Smyly has easily been the Rays best starter and will look to continue that trend tonight.

Wade Miley Scouting Report:

After a couple of shaky outings to begin his tenure with the Mariners, Miley has been solid over his last three starts for Seattle, giving up just six runs over his last 22 innings, and just two over his last 13 as he sandwiched a complete game shutout between two other quality starts. In his last appearance, he gave up two runs on five hits, while picking up five strikeouts and walking two over six innings in a no-decision.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 91.2 MPH

33.1% vs LHB

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30.7% vs RHB

According to brooks, right down the middle usually Tends to stay middle-in, usually up in the zone
Sinker 90.7 MPH

20.4% vs LHB

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20.9% vs RHB

Low and inside, off the plate Paints the outside corner
Cutter 89.3 MPH 1.2% vs RHB Hasn't thrown Sporadic
Slider 84.7 MPH

27.4% vs LHB

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10.7% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Low and inside, off the plate
Change-up 82.8 MPH

6.3% vs LHB

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27.3% vs RHB

Sporadic Anywhere low in the zone
Curveball 77.9 MPH

12.6% vs LHB

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8.9% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Anywhere low in the zone
Slow-Curve 71.2 MPH 0.1% vs RHB Hasn't thrown Has thrown just once

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 35 .298 .242 .286 .406 1 20.0% 2.9%
vs RHB 121 .343 .298 .339 .447 4 17.4% 5.8%
HOME 58 .281 .263 .276 .375 1 19.0% 0.0%
AWAY 98 .364 .300 .357 .478 4 17.4% 8.2%

Lineups will be added when available