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Game 39 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers

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The Rays offense ran wild in Toronto, will they keep it up in Detroit?

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays season went from bleak, to hopeful, to just downright depressing, and is now reaching a new high as the Rays just swept the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto in a most dominating fashion as they mashed eight home runs over the three game set and scored a total of 31 runs.

The Rays now have 58 home runs this season, and 31 in the month of May, while they've only played 15 games this month and 38 overall.

With the sweep, the Rays are now back at .500 -- four and a half games back in the AL East -- while the Tigers sit at 19-21 -- five and half games back in the AL Central. Detroit has won their last four in a row as they just capped off a sweep of the Minnesota Twins.

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG HR GS IP fWAR
Matt Andriese 2 0 0.56 2.85 14.8% 5.6% .120 0 2 16.0 0.5
Anibal Sanchez 3 4 5.91 5.54 20.2% 12.4% .263 8 8 42.2 0.1

Since being called up just under two weeks ago for the Rays, Matt Andriese has been excellent for the Rays one upping his seven inning performance his season debut with the Rays first complete game shutout of the year his last time out against the Athletics. During the shutout, Andriese allowed just two hits, while he didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Anibal Sanchez Scouting Report:

After two decent starts to begin the year, Sanchez has been abysmal for the Tigers, mostly due to an alarming walk rate that is the highest for Sanchez since 2007. Sanchez has calmed down somewhat in May, although he hasn't picked up a victory yet this month. During his last outing on the 14th against Baltimore, Sanchez delivered six innings, allowing four runs on six hits -- two homers -- while he walked two and struck out four, picking up his 4th loss of the year.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 91.9 MPH

37.1% vs LHB

***

29.6% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Anywhere up in the zone
Sinker 91.6 MPH

13.5% vs LHB

***

23.2% vs RHB

Sporadic Low and inside, usually off the plate
Cutter 89.1 MPH

7.0% vs LHB

***

8.9% vs RHB

Anywhere inside, usually off the plate Paints the outside corner
Slider 84.2 MPH

13.5% vs LHB

***

22.2% vs RHB

Below the zone and inside off the plate Low and away from the zone
Change-up 83.6 MPH

18.9% vs LHB

***

9.9% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Below the zone
Curveball 77.9 MPH

9.7% vs LHB

***

5.8% vs RHB

Low and away Low and away

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 92 .371 .263 .391 .447 3 22.8% 15.2%
vs RHB 101 .362 .264 .343 .494 5 17.8% 9.9%
HOME 67 .393 .286 .403 .500 3 22.4% 16.4%
AWAY 126 .351 .252 .347 .459 5 19.1% 10.3%

Today's Starting Lineups:

TAMPA BAY RAYS DETROIT TIGERS
Steven Souza - RF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Brad Miller - SS JD Martinez - RF
Evan Longoria - 3B Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Steve Pearce - 2B Victor Martinez - DH
Corey Dickerson - DH Nick Castellanos - 3B
Desmond Jennings - LF Justin Upton - LF
Logan Morrison - 1B Cameron Maybin - CF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF James McCann - C
Hank Conger - C Jose Iglesias - SS