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Game 50 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals

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Now that the starting pitching is on track, can the offense emerge again?

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS/G IP fWAR
Drew Smyly 2 6 3.92 4.03 27.1% 6.1% .160 .255 11 10/10 62 0.9
Dillon Gee 1 2 3.86 5.17 20.8% 8.4% .273 .310 7 3/10 35.0 -0.1

Homeruns plagued Drew Smyly once again during his last start as he surrendered two of them to the Miami Marlins, delivering six innings and allowing five runs on six hits. He also struck out four and walked a batter. Homeruns just continue to be an issue for Smyly as he has either allowed two homers or more, or hasn't given up any during his starts.

Dillon Gee Scouting Report:

The Royals moved Gee to the starting rotation a couple of weeks ago and he's been...not terrible, but not too great either for the 2015 champs. He did suffer a rough outing his last time out on the 25th against the Twins where he allowed six runs on 10 hits -- three homeruns -- while he struck out six and walked one over four innings of work resulting in his second loss of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 90.9 MPH

14.8% vs LHB

***

15.4% vs RHB

Up above the zone Middle-away, waist high
Sinker 90.6 MPH

31.6% vs LHB

***

35.4% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Paints the inside corner
Slider 86.5 MPH

17.4% vs LHB

***

24.1% vs RHB

Paints the inside corner Low and away from the zone
Change-up 84.5 MPH

18.4% vs LHB

***

11.2% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Low and inside, off the plate
Curveball 77.8 MPH

17.4% vs LHB

***

13.7% 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 85 .392 .319 .434 .493 3 16.5% 15.3%
vs RHB 69 .291 .224 .246 .439 4 26.1% 0.0%
HOME 63 .358 .281 .355 .500 3 23.8% 9.5%
AWAY 91 .337 .268 .344 .443 4 18.7% 7.7%

TAMPA BAY RAYS KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Brandon Guyer - LF Alcides Escobar - SS
Brad Miller - SS Whit Merrifield - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Lorenzo Cain - CF
Steve Pearce - 2B Eric Hosmer - 1B
Logan Morrison - 1B Kendrys Morales - DH
Steven Souza - RF Paulo Orlando - RF
Corey Dickerson - DH Brett Eibner - LF
Mikie Mahtook - CF Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B
Curt Casali - C Drew Butera - C