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Game 89 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

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Kevin Kiermaier makes his return!

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Yovani Gallardo 3 1 5.82 5.18 15.4% 11.8% .291 .324 6 9 43.1 0.2
Chris Archer 4 12 4.66 4.28 26.9% 9.9% .253 .321 18 19 110.0 1.2

Chris Archer is 1-8 over his last nine decisions, with the lone victory coming back on June 6th in Arizona. Hopefully he'll be able to turn the page on his awful first half and regain his ace status as the Rays approach the dog days of August. Archer's last start came on the 8th in Boston where he allowed five runs on seven hits -- one homer -- while he walked two and struck out three en route to picking up his 12th loss of the season.

Yovani Gallardo Scouting Report:

Gallardo is looking to put a poor beginning to his Orioles behind him as he begins the second half for Baltimore. In one of his better outings this year, Gallardo allowed two runs on six hits over five innings pitched, as he walked four and struck out two but he wouldn't factor in the decision against the Angels back on July 9th.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 90.0 MPH

32.7% vs LHB

***

25.8% vs RHB

Sinker 89.7 MPH

17.4% vs LHB

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27.7% vs RHB

Slider 86.3 MPH

25.7% vs LHB

***

33.7% vs RHB

Change-up 83.6 MPH

9.3% vs LHB

***

3.5% vs RHB

Curveball 77.4 MPH

14.8% vs LHB

***

9.0% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 91 .420 .329 .418 .577 5 16.5% 13.2%
vs RHB 104 .318 .258 .340 .389 1 14.4% 10.6%
HOME 87 .360 .270 .384 .444 2 16.1% 14.9%
AWAY 108 .370 .306 .370 .500 4 14.8% 9.3%

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Adam Jones - CF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Brad Miller - SS
Manny Machado - 3B Evan Longoria - 3B
Chris Davis - 1B Logan Morrison - 1B
Mark Trumbo - RF Steven Souza - RF
Matt Wieters - C Corey Dickerson - DH
J.J. Hardy - SS Brandon Guyer - LF
Pedro Alvarez - DH Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Joey Rickard - LF Luke Maile - C
Yovani Gallardo - RHP Chris Archer - RHP