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Game 28 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels

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The Rays go for the series victory behind Jake Odorizzi after taking last night's game

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays jumped ahead early yesterday with a four run first and were able to hold on for the rest of the game leading to a 5-2 victory over the Angels. The victory put the Rays again on the cusp of reaching .500 as they sit at 13-14, meanwhile the Angels fell to 13-16.

The rest of the American League East have already completed games today, with the Orioles actually currently playing in the second game of a double header, and all of the teams ahead of the Rays in the division have lost meaning the Rays could gain some ground with a victory tonight. Currently, they sit two and half games behind the division leaders. The Angels meanwhile still sit three games back of the Mariners in the West.

Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L IP GS ERA FIP K% BB% HR AVG BABIP fWAR
Jake Odorizzi 0 1 34.2 6 3.12 3.07 21.6% 5.0% 3 .258 .313 0.9
Jered Weaver 3 1 28.1 5 5.40 5.08 11.1% 7.1% 4 .322 .340 0

Odorizzi was excellent his last time out, only to have the bullpen fall apart and squander his stellar outing while his offensive support was moot with the exception a solo Evan Longoria home run. Odorizzi picked up a no-decision, despite delivering seven innings of one run ball, while he allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out six. It was certainly nice to Odorizzi succeed though, as he built off his past start after going through a couple of tough outings before.

Jered Weaver Scouting Report:

Jered Weaver has delivered a few successful outings this season despite having his fastball top out in the low 80's. Weaver has to rely on command and fooling opposing hitters in order to give his team a chance to win, and over his last two starts, he hasn't accomplished that, especially during his last outing on the 2nd against the Brewers where he lasted just five innings and gave up seven runs on 11 hits, while he walked two and struck out three, picking up first loss of the season.

His arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 83.2 MPH

3.2% vs LHB

***

32.0% vs RHB

Sporadic Tends to stay mostly and up and inside, usually in the zone
Sinker 82.1 MPH

42.7% vs LHB

***

11.3% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner, or runs it under the hands of the hitter Low and inside, off the plate
Slider 76.0 MPH

5.9% vs LHB

***

23.0% vs RHB

Low and inside Low and away
Change-up 74.1 MPH

23.7% vs LHB

***

16.2% vs RHB

Anywhere and low and away in the zone Below the zone
Curveball 68.0 MPH

24.3% vs LHB

***

16.9% vs RHB

Either paints the outside corner, or drops it low and in Low and away from the zone

His splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 51 .411 .304 .380 .578 3 15.7% 7.8%
vs RHB 75 .383 .333 .387 .507 1 8.0% 6.7%
HOME 52 .398 .313 .365 .563 2 15.4% 5.8%
AWAY 74 .392 .328 .397 .515 2 8.1% 8.1%

Today's Starting Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Logan Forsythe - 2B Yunel Escobar - 3B
Brad Miller - SS Daniel Nava - LF
Evan Longoria - 3B Mike Trout - CF
Corey Dickerson - DH Albert Pujols - DH
Steven Souza - RF Kole Calhoun - RF
Logan Morrison - 1B C.J. Cron - 1B
Desmond Jennings - LF Johnny Giavotella - 2B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Geovany Soto - C
Hank Conger - C Andrelton Simmons - SS