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Game 48 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

The Rays go for the series victory over New York behind Jake Odorizzi

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays broke out of their offensive funk at Tropicana Field as they knocked Michael PIneda out of the game early and totaled nine runs overall to snap their three game losing streak. The Rays are now at 22-25, still in last place in the American League East, six games back of the Boston Red Sox. Meanwhile, the Yankees fell to 23-25, five and a half games out.

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Nathan Eovaldi 5 2 3.95 3.72 22.5% 5.9% .240 .285 7 9 54.2 1
Jake Odorizzi 2 2 3.46 4.25 20.1% 7.1% .240 .271 8 10 54.2 0.6

Odorizzi has quietly been putting up quality starts for the Rays, however, he is still struggling to pitch deep into games. Over seven of his 10 starts, Odorizzi has allowed two earned runs or less, with his lasting being one of those times as he shutout the Marlins for five innings, while walking three and striking out seven picking up his second victory of the year.

Nathan Eovaldi Scouting Report:

Eovaldi started off the season terribly but has since calmed down and been possibly the second best starter on the Yankees staff behind  Masahiro Tanaka. Over his last four outings, he's registered 25 innings pitched and has only given up six runs, with just one of those coming over his last 12 innings. During his last start on the 24th against the Blue Jays, Eovaldi kept Toronto scoreless for six innings while giving up just two hits, walking three and striking out five.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 97.8 MPH

51.0% vs LHB

***

47.4% RHB

Paints the outsid corner Stays around the waist level, usually on the corners
Splitter 89.4 MPH

26.5% vs LHB

***

24.3% vs RHB

Anywhere below the zone Low and away from the zone
Slider 88.7 MPH

14.5% vs LHB

***

22.0% vs RHB

Anywhere low in the zone Low and away from the zone
Curveball 75.9 MPH

8.0% vs LHB

***

5.9% vs RHB

Sporadic Sporadic

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 89 .370 .275 .348 .532 4 23.6% 10.1%
vs RHB 133 .257 .219 .250 .339 3 21.8% 3.0%
HOME 123 .316 .259 .303 .439 4 22.8% 4.9%
AWAY 99 .285 .217 .273 .380 3 22.2% 7.1%

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK YANKEES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Brandon Guyer - LF
Brett Gardner - LF Brad Miller - SS
Starlin Castro - 2B Evan Longoria - 3B
Brian McCann - C Steve Pearce - 2B
Alex Rodriguez - DH Logan Morrison - 1B
Didi Gregorius - SS Steven Souza - RF
Aaron Hicks - RF Corey Dickerson - DH
Dustin Ackley - 1B Mikie Mahtook - CF
Ronnie Torreyes - 3B Curt Casali - C
Nathan Eovaldi - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP