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Game 29 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels

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The Rays look to accomplish their first sweep of the season, they'll have to do it behind Matt Andriese

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Today's Starting Pitchers:

2016 W L IP GS ERA FIP K% BB% HR AVG BABIP fWAR
Matt Andriese (AAA) 1 2 34.1 6 3.41 2.17 31.0% 4.9% 2 .241 .345 NA
Nick Tropeano 1 1 26.1 5 3.42 4.78 21.9% 12.6% 4 .269 .324 0

Mat Andriese will make his 2016 season debut today as the Rays promoted him from Triple-A Durham following last night's game. The Rays will move Matt Moore's start to tomorrow against the Mariners. So far this year in Durham, Andriese has been fantastic and delivered possibly the best start of is professional career his last time on the mound as he delivered seven shutout innings, while he struck out 14, allowed just three hits, and walked a batter.

Nick Tropeano Scouting Report:

Tropeano's season has consistently trended downwards from his first start of the season where he delivered five scoreless innings against the Athletics, and just got worse from there until he put up his worst start of the year on 3rd against the Brewers where he again lasted just five innings, but this time gave up five runs on five hits while he walked five and struck out six. His command is what has gotten him in trouble and it has also caused him to have some short outings as he's barely averaged over five innings a start thus far.

His arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 91.9 MPH

52.2% vs LHB

***

47.7% vs RHB

Tends to stay middle-away, and low in the zone Anywhere at waist level or below in the zone
Change-up 82,9 MPH

28.8% vs LHB

***

11.4% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Low and away from the zone
Slider 80.9 MPH

16.3% vs LHB

***

40.3% vs RHB

Low and inside, off the plate Low and away from the zone
Splitter 80.5 MPH

2.5% vs LHB

***

0.5% vs RHB

Sporadic Sporadic

His splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 67 .375 .291 .418 .444 1 23.9% 17.9%
vs RHB 52 .327 .245 .288 .479 3 19.2% 5.8%
HOME 48 .348 .286 .375 .425 1 22.9% 12.5%
AWAY 71 .358 .258 .352 .484 3 21.1% 12.7%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Logan Forsythe - 2B Yunel Escobar - 3B
Brad Miller - SS Kole Calhoun - RF
Evan Longoria - 3B Mike Trout - CF
Corey Dickerson - LF Albert Pujols - DH
Steven Souza - RF C.J. Cron - 1B
Logan Morrison - DH Andrelton Simmons - SS
Steve Pearce - 1B Cliff Pennington - 2B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Carlos Perez - C
Curt Casali - C Ji-Man Choi - LF
Matt Andriese - RHP Nick Tropeano - RHP