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Game 46 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

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A battle of the division's worst

Please come back, 2015 Chris Archer!
Please come back, 2015 Chris Archer!
Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

What is the definition of insanity?

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Masahiro Tanaka 2 0 3.24 3.38 21.3% 5.1% .221 .259 6 9 58.1 1.3
Chris Archer 3 5 5.16 4.57 27.3% 10.9% .274 .350 10 10 52.1 0.3

Chris Archer suffered another step backwards during his last start as he has still not been able to put together consistent quality outings. His last start may have been his worst of the season as he lasted just three innings, but had already given up six runs on eight hits.  He did pick up four strikeouts, and also walked one batter.

Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report:

Tanaka has been very good so far in 2016. He has allowed more than two earned runs just twice this season. In his last appearance he was once again dominant as he delivered seven quality innings against the Athletics, picking up his second victory of the season, allowing just one run on five hits, walking two and striking out four.

His Arsenal:

PITCH VELOCITY FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.8 MPH

3.3% vs LHB

***

2.1% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Low and away from the zone
Sinker 90.5 MPH

32.5% vs LHB

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43.3% vs RHB

Low and away from the hitter Low and away from the hitter
Cutter 87.4 MPH

9.8% vs LHB

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9.1% vs RHB

Low and inside Low and away from the zone
Splitter 86.7 MPH

25.7% vs LHB

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18.5% vs RHB

Anywhere below the zone Anywhere below the zone
Slider 84.5 MPH

20.0% vs LHB

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23.8% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Low and away from the zone
Curveball 75.9 MPH

8.4% vs LHB

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3.0% vs RHB

Paints the inside corner Low and away

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 117 .267 .230 .259 .357 2 19.7% 3.4%
vs RHB 118 .277 .211 .274 .355 4 22.9% 6.8%
HOME 129 .317 .242 .276 .467 6 21.7% 3.9%
AWAY 106 .217 .194 .255 .216 0 20.8% 6.6%

Starting line ups:

Yankees Rays