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Game 35 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Sonny Gray 3 4 6.00 4.45 19.5% 10.3% .277 .328 5 7 39 0.2
Matt Moore 1 3 4.83 4.06 24.2% 7.9% .253 .310 6 7 41 0.4

Matt Moore struggled his last time out, but was able to work through some tough innings to only allow two runs before being removed halfway through the fifth inning. He walked four, and allowed seven hits, but did register six strikeouts during the outing. Moore wouldn't factor into the decision, but the Rays would go on to lose the game thanks to a bullpen implosion.

Sonny Gray Scouting Report:

Gray has had the opposite of Chris Archer's season so far as he started out the year great with four solid outings that were becoming of an ace of a staff. However, his last three appearances have been disastrous, starting with an affair in Detroit where Gray lasted just two innings, but had already given up four runs as well as four walks. His follow up start wasn't much better as he did record seven innings, but also allowed seven runs.

His last start came on the ninth in Boston against the Red Sox where he couldn't make it past the fourth inning and had again given up seven runs leading to his third loss in a row and fourth overall.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 93.2 MPH

47.5% vs LHB

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35.8% vs RHB

Will pitch anywhere, middle-in Tends to stay low and away
Sinker 93.1 MPH

12.8% vs LHB

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27.7% vs RHB

Low and goes for the inside corner Anywhere low in the zone
Cutter 90.9 MPH

2.3% vs LHB

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3.6% vs RHB

Sporadic Low and away from the zone
Change-up 88.8 MPH

15.1% vs LHB

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7.8% vs LHB

Anywhere low in the zone Paints the inside corner
Slider 84.9 MPH

7.5% vs LHB

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8.4% vs LHB

Low and inside, off the plate Low and away from the zone
Curveball 81.4 MPH

14.5% vs LHB

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16.5% vs LHB

Anywhere below the zone Low and away from the zone

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 86 .328 .275 .326 .430 2 19.8% 5.8%
vs RHB 88 .387 .280 .386 .514 3 19.3% 14.8%
HOME 112 .317 .262 .321 .402 3 20.5% 8.0%
AWAY 62 .432 .308 .419 .608 2 17.7% 14.5%

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S TAMPA BAY RAYS
Coco Crisp - CF Brandon Guyer - RF
Billy Burns - RF Brad Miller - SS
Danny Valencia - 3B Evan Longoria - 3B
Khris Davis - LF Corey Dickerson - LF
Billy Butler - DH Steven Souza - DH
Stephen Vogt - C Logan Morrison - 1B
Marcus Semien - SS Steve Pearce - 2B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Tyler Ladendorf - 2B Hank Conger - C
Sonny Gray - RHP Matt Moore - LHP