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Game 32 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Seattle Mariners

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Can the Rays avoid a sweep at the hands of the first place Mariners?

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP
Chris Archer 2 4 4.23 4.22 28.8% 10.0% .268 .351 7 7 38.1
Taijuan Walker 2 2 1.97 2.95 22.1% 2.3% .238 .287 3 6 32

Chris Archer has been on a roll as of late, allowing just two runs over his last 19 innings pitched, striking out 20 hitters over that timeframe. He picked up his second win of the season after his last start as he pitched six scoreless innings against the Angels on the sixth as he only allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out six.

Taijuan Walker Scouting Report:

Walker is off to an awesome start in 2016, finally looking like the ace the Mariners have envisioned him as for years. So far in each of six starts, he's given up two runs or less in each of them, and an additional note is he's only walked batters in three of them. He was removed from his last start early though, after struggling through two innings, the reason for his quick exit was due to neck spasms.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 94.8 MPH

50.8% vs LHB

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55.6% vs RHB

Tends to either work up and in, or belt high, middle away Anywhere, high or low in the zone that's middle-away
Sinker 92.6 MPH

6.2% vs LHB

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5.9% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Paints the inside corner
Cutter 89.8 MPH

3.7% vs LHB

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12.4% vs RHB

Low and inside, off the plate Low and away from the zone
Splitter 89.1 MPH

25.0% vs LHB

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12.9% vs RHB

Anywhere below the zone Anywhere below the zone
Curveball 76.1 MPH

14.0% vs LHB

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12.9% vs RHB

Low and inside, off the plate Low and away from the zone

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 69 .209 .154 .203 .266 2 14.5% 2.9%
vs RHB 62 .345 .328 .344 .450 1 30.7% 1.6%
HOME 99 .275 .263 .293 .326 1 23.2% 3.0%
AWAY 32 .266 .161 .194 .448 2 18.8% 0.0%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS SEATTLE MARINERS
Brandon Guyer - LF Norichika Aoki - LF
Brad Miller - SS Ketel Marte - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B Robinson Cano - 2B
Corey Dickerson - DH Nelson Cruz - DH
Steven Souza - RF Kyle Seager - 3B
Logan Morrison - 1B Seth Smith - RF
Steve Pearce - 2B Adam Lind - 1B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Chris Iannetta - C
Curt Casali - C Leonys Martin - CF
Chris Archer - RHP Taijuan Walker - RHP