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Game 34 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

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Kendall Grave has been extremely prone to the longball away from Oakland, can the Rays capitalize

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Extremely depressing news from earlier today that Logan Forsythe will likely more than a month on the disabled list thanks to Felix Hernandez's arrant pitch that fracture Forsythe's shoulder blade. The Rays will have to rely on some players, who had been relegated to bench status this year, to replace Forsythe who was in the midst of the best season of his career.

The Rays have lost four games in a row after last night's defeat, which put the Rays three games under .500 with a record of 15-18, six and a half games back of the division leading Baltimore Orioles. Meanwhile, the Athletics snapped their five game losing streak, and now have a record of 15-21, also six and half games back of their division leaders.

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Kendall Graveman 1 4 5.74 6.24 19.4% 7.9% .276 .286 9 6 31.1 -0.4
Matt Andriese 1 0 1.29 3.51 12.0% 12.0% .182 .211 0 1 7.1 0.1

Matt Andriese came up on Sunday for a spot start to allow Matt Moore to receive the start against Seattle instead of Los Angeles, so Andriese proceeded to make the start and stymy the Angels for seven innings and impressing as he worked his way out of the few jams he got himself in.

Kendall Graveman Scouting Report:

The home run ball has plagued Graveman this season, especially on the road as he had somehow, miraculously allowed eight home runs in just under 14 innings pitched on the road away from Oakland. He'd faced 66 hitters as the visiting pitcher, so that makes it a home run percentage of 12%.

His last start ended fairly quickly as he was removed before the completion of the third inning as he had already given up six runs on five hits -- four homers -- leading to his third straight loss.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 93.1 MPH

6.6% vs LHB

***

6.4% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Anywhere, outside away from the zone
Sinker 92.6 MPH

30.1% vs LHB

***

45.9% vs RHB

Low and away, occasionally out of the zone Low and inside, usually off the plate
Cutter 87.6 MPH

32.0% vs LHB

***

32.0% vs RHB

Either away from the zone, or below the zone Low and away from the zone
Change-up 85.3 MPH

17.6% vs LHB

***

2.3% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Anywhere low in the zone
Curveball 79.4 MPH

13.5% vs LHB

***

13.1% vs RHB

Anywhere below the zone Low and away from the zone

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 74 .329 .215 .315 .438 3 21.6% 10.8%
vs RHB 65 .432 .330 .369 .645 6 16.9% 4.6%
HOME 73 .280 .246 .288 .348 1 17.8% 5.5%
AWAY 66 .486 .310 .400 .772 8 21.2% 10.6%

Starting Lineups:

Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Rays
Billy Burns - CF Brandon Guyer - DH
Yonder Alonso - 1B Brad Miller - SS
Josh Reddick - RF Evan Longoria - 3B
Danny Valencia - 3B Corey Dickerson - LF
Stephen Vogt - DH Steven Souza - RF
Khris Davis - LF Logan Morrison - 1B
Marcus Semien - SS Steve Pearce - 2B
Chris Coghlan - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Matt McBride - C Hank Conger - C