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Game 37 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

The Rays vs the non-suspended Blue Jays!

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MLB decided to light on the Blue Jays with suspensions for the brawl that broke out between Toronto and Texas on Sunday. Rougned Odor received the most as expected, with eight games, however the Blue Jay who was suspended the most? Not Jose Bautista, but Jesse Chavez. Bautista for his part received just a game, while Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson somehow weren't given any games...

I find all of the above except Odor's ridiculous and embarrasing

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Chris Archer 2 4 4.57 4.43 27.8% 10.8% .266 .342 8 8 43.1 0.3
Marcus Stroman 4 0 3.54 3.39 18.2% 6.7% .220 .256 4 8 56.0 1.1

It's a rematch of Opening Day as Chris Archer will take on Marcus Stroman. Archer's work towards becoming the ace of the Rays staff again, took a step back on the 11th against the Mariners as he struggled his way through a brutal first inning in which he walked three batters, including one with the bases loaded. During the frame, he'd give up three runs, but he settled down and worked five full innings, giving up a total of four runs on five hits, while he walked four and struck out three.

Marcus Stroman Scouting Report:

Stroman has been solid atop the Blue Jays rotation so far in 2016, giving Toronto an opportunity to win most nights out, especially with that potent offense as he has given up three earned runs or less in five of his last six starts, with his last time out the 11th being one of those times as he allowed four runs -- two earned -- on eight hits while he walked two and struck out five.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.6 MPH

1.6% vs LHB

***

4.6% vs RHB

Sporadic Low and away
Sinker 92.4 MPH

46.0% vs LHB

***

64.8% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Either below the zone, or low and away
Cutter 90.3 MPH

18.9% vs LHB

***

4.0% vs RHB

Paints the outside or inside corners Paints the inside corner
Slider 85.4 MPH

14.4% vs LHB

***

11.1% vs RHB

Low and inside, off the plate Low and away from the zone
Change-up 84.4 MPH

9.1% vs LHB

***

9.2% vs RHB

Anywhere below the zone Paints the inside corner, or anywhere below the zone
Curveball 81.0 MPH

9.8% vs LHB

***

5.9% vs RHB

Paints the outsider corner, typically low in the zone Below the zone

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 122 .268 .214 .279 .321 2 17.2% 8.2%
vs RHB 103 .267 .227 .272 .330 2 19.4% 4.9%
HOME 110 .272 .230 .300 .300 0 17.3% 8.2%
AWAY 115 .263 .211 .252 .349 4 19.1% 5.2%

Today's Starting Lineups:

TAMPA BAY RAYS TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Brandon Guyer - LF Michael Saunders - LF
Brad Miller - SS Josh Donaldson - 3B
Evan Longoria - 3B Jose Bautista - RF
Steve Pearce - 2B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Steven Souza - RF Justin Smoak - 1B
Corey Dickerson - DH Troy Tulowitzky - SS
Logan Morrison - 1B Kevin Pillar - CF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Russell Martin - C
Curt Casali - C Ryan Goins - 2B