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Game 59 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros

The Rays return home ready to take on a wounded Astros club

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

Who had Matt Andriese as being the Rays starter with the best numbers in mid-June? I know I certainly did, but I digress. Andriese didn't have his best stuff during his last outing against the Twins, but still managed to go five innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits while he didn't walk anyone, but also picked up five strikeouts to pick up his fourth victory of the season.

Lance McCullers Scouting Report:

After starting the year on the disabled list, McCullers had a less than stellar season debut in mid-May against the Red Sox where he allowed more runs than innings pitched (5 R over 4.2 IP). However, he has consistently gotten better with each start since then with a slight hiccup against the Diamondbacks two weeks ago. His follow-up start though was his best of the year where he went seven innings and allowed just two runs on eight hits, striking out nine and walking three.

HIs Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.4 MPH

38.5% vs LHB

***

41.3% vs RHB

Paints the outside corner Anywhere up in the zone
Change-up 88.7 MPH

13.9% vs LHB

***

10.0% vs RHB

Low and away from the zone Low and inside, off the plate
Slider 87.8 MPH

0.4% vs LHB

***

3.2% vs RHB

Sporadic Sporadic
Curveball 86.4 MPH

47.0% vs LHB

***

45.3% 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 62 .302 .245 .355 .321 0 33.9% 14.5%
vs RHB 64 .335 .259 .375 .370 1 25.0% 15.6%
HOME 80 .290 .206 .325 .309 1 32.5% 15.0%
AWAY 46 .370 .333 .435 .410 0 23.9% 15.2%

Today's Lineups

HOUSTON ASTROS TAMPA BAY RAYS
George Springer - RF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Marwin Gonzalez - SS Brad Miller - SS
Jose Altuve - 2B Evan Longoria - 3B
Colby Rasmus - LF Logan Morrison - DH
Evan Gattis - DH Steve Pearce - 1B
Luis Valbuena - 3B Corey Dickerson - LF
Tyler White - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Jason Castro - C Desmond Jennings - CF
Jake Marisnick - CF Hank Conger - C
Lance McCullers - RHP Matt Andriese - RHP