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Game 49 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals

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The Rays pitching show tremendous improvement over the weekend, can Matt Andriese keep that trend going?

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Matt Andriese 3 0 2.63 3.11 16.2% 5.7% .194 .225 1 4 27.1 0.6
Ian Kennedy 4 3 3.38 4.37 24.2% 8.2% .224 .267 8 9 53.1 0.5

Andriese continued his solid start to the 2016 season for the Rays his last time out as he delivered six innings, allowing just three runs on eight hits. While he did walk a batter, he also racked up six strikeouts. It was the only start of the season so far that Andriese hasn't picked up a victory, as he left with a no-decision.

Ian Kennedy Scouting Report:

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His Arsenal:

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

64.4% vs LHB

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61.9% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Tends to stay middle-away, usually low in the zone
Cutter 86.8 MPH

1.4% vs LHB

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13.1% vs RHB

Sporadic Low and away from the zone
Change-up 84.0 MPH

17.9% vs LHB

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14.9% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Anywhere below the zone
Curveball 77.9 MPH

16.2% vs LHB

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9.9% vs RHB

Low and inside, off the plate Low and away from the zone

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 109 .286 .211 .312 .316 3 21.1% 11.0%
vs RHB 110 .309 .238 .300 .406 5 27.3% 5.5%
HOME 76 .273 .239 .289 .324 1 30.3% 5.3%
AWAY 143 .311 .216 .315 .384 7 21.0% 9.7%

Today's starting lineups

Rays:

Brandon Guyer - LF

Taylor Motter - SS

Evan Longoria - 3B

Steve Pearce - 2B

Logan Morrison - 1B

Steven Souza - RF

Corey Dickerson -DH

Desmond Jennings - CF

Hank Conger - C