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Game 36 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

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Did you hear there was a fight? I heard someone got knocked out, who was it?

Brawlfense Time?
Brawlfense Time?
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The Rays and Blue Jays both had incredibly eventful games on Sunday that resulted in losses. Everyone already knows the Rays story, where Brandon Guyer and Evan Longoria provided the offense, pairing up to drive in six and totaling three homers on the day. However, Danny Valencia didn't need a teammate to match that number, as he mashed three homers of his own and led the Athletics to victory.

The Blue Jays and Rangers battled with runs, bean balls, and eventually fists in one of the most brutal on field brawls of this decade in major league baseball. But, fortunately for us, all of the Jays involved in the fracas who will inevitably receive suspensions get to start tonight against the Rays

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
J.A. Happ 5 0 2.05 3.91 15.7% 6.8% .246 .277 4 7 48.1 0.7
Drew Smyly 1 4 3.63 3.40 30.1% 4.6% .201 .248 7 7 44.2 1.0

Smyly suffered his worst start of the season his last time out, as the home run continued to spell doom for him as he gave up two more homers. The Rays have yet to win a game where Smyly has given up a homer, with two of those starts coming against the Blue Jays he'll be facing later tonight. During his last start, Smyly allowed six runs on ten hits -- two homers -- while he didn't walk anyone, and struck out five.

J.A. Happ Scouting Report:

Happ has been stellar this year for the Blue Jays. delivering quality outings almost every time out with his best start of the year coming during his last appearance on the 10th when he came within one out of a complete game shutout before being removed. His final line was eight and two-thirds innings pitched, with three walks and five strikeouts, while he allowed just five hits and zero runs earning his fifth victory of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.5 MPH

51.4% vs LHB

***

31.0% vs RHB

Tends to stay middle away, anywhere high or low Anywhere in the zone
Sinker 91.6 MPH

24.8% vs LHB

***

33.0% vs RHB

Low and inside Low and away in the zone
Cutter 85.9 MPH

10.1% vs LHB

***

14.4% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Low and inside, off the plate
Change-up 84.5 MPH

0.0% vs LHB

***

9.5% vs RHB

Hasn't thrown Either below the zone, or paints the outside corner
Curveball 78.9 MPH

13.5% vs LHB

***

11.6% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 44 .275 .237 .341 .237 0 11.4% 13.6%
vs RHB 147 .304 .248 .299 .394 4 17.0% 4.8%
HOME 80 .297 .270 .325 .338 1 12.5% 6.3%
AWAY 111 .298 .228 .297 .376 3 18.0% 7.2%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Brandon Guyer - DH Kevin Pillar - CF
Taylor Motter - SS Josh Donaldson - 3B
Evan Longoria - 3B Jose Bautista - RF
Steve Pearce - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Steven Souza - RF Justin Smoak - 1B
Desmond Jennings - LF Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Curt Casali - C Michael Saunders - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Russell Martin - C
Tim Beckham - 2B Darwin Barney - 2B
Drew Smyly - LHP J.A. Happ - LHP