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Game 79 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers

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After last night's deflating loss, the Rays hope to bounce back against Michael Fulmer

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Michael Fulmer 7 2 2.40 3.82 22.8% 9.1% .213 .260 6 11 63.2 1.0
Drew Smyly 2 8 5.32 4.43 26.7% 5.3% .258 .308 19 15 89.2 1.1

All the progress Smyly made over the past month unraveled quickly his last time out as the Orioles bombarded him for eight runs on ten hits, including three home runs. He also walked on and struck out six, but picked up his eighth loss of the season.

Michael Fulmer Scouting Report:

Fulmer is in the middle of a fantastic rookie campaign, but the Tigers will begin to start limiting his usage in order to protect his arm. After a rough beginning, he has been incredible over his last seven starts (44.1 innings pitched) as he has allowed just three runs over that time. His last time out was on June 22nd against the Mariners, where Fulmer exited early after experiencing dizziness. He would allow a run on three hits in just over four innings pitched.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 96.2 MPH

33.5% vs LHB

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32.9% vs RHB

Sinker 95.6 MPH

26.4% vs LHB

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22.4% vs RHB

Slider 88.7 MPH

20.4% vs LHB

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36.2% vs RHB

Change-up 86.6 MPH

19.5% vs LHB

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8.3% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 120 .254 .194 .308 .233 0 15.8% 10.8%
vs RHB 143 .305 .227 .289 .420 6 28.7% 7.7%
HOME 66 .222 .153 .242 .237 1 28.8% 7.6%
AWAY 197 .302 .233 .316 .371 5 20.8% 9.6%

Today's Lineups

DETROIT TIGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Ian Kinsler - 2B Logan Forsythe - 2B
Cameron Maybin - CF Brad Miller - SS
Miguel Cabrera - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Victor Martinez - DH Logan Morrison - 1B
Nick Castellanos - 3B Brandon Guyer - CF
Justin Upton - LF Corey Dickerson - DH
Mike Aviles - RF Nick Franklin - LF
James McCann - C Oswaldo Arcia - RF
Jose Iglesias - SS Hank Conger - C
Michael Fulmer - RHP Drew Smyly - LHP