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Game 80 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers

The Rays will have to rely on their number one top prospect, Blake Snell, to avoid a series defeat

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Justin Verlander 7 6 4.30 4.03 25.2% 6.6% .229 .274 16 16 104.2 1.8
Blake Snell 1 2 3.54 3.21 16.7% 11.5% .294 .362 0 4 20.1 0.5

Command has been a serious issue for Blake Snell throughout his professional career and it's plagued so far in his brief major league stint as he racked up 16 strikeouts and 11 walks thus far. His last time out, he managed to pitch one out into the sixth inning, allowing four runs on eight hits -- he has yet to allow a home run in his major league career -- while he walked and struck out four picking up his first major league victory.

Justin Verlander Scouting Report:

Verlander is having a bounce back year, sort of, after a down year last season. Heading into his previous start, Verlander had an ERA and FIP below four, but after yielding eight runs on nine hits --- four homers -- both of those stats ballooned into the four's. Verlander also walked two and struck five in just under five innings of work as he picked up his sixth loss of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 93.8 MPH

56.8% vs LHB

***

57.1% vs RHB

Sinker 93.5 MPH

1.3% vs LHB

***

0.4% vs RHB

Cutter 88.9 MPH

10.0% vs LHB

***

12.9% vs RHB

Change-up 85.7 MPH

13.8% vs LHB

***

5.7% vs RHB

Slider 84.8 MPH

4.2% vs LHB

***

7.8% vs RHB

Curveball 78.5 MPH

13.5% vs LHB

***

15.9% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 202 .289 .225 .284 .386 5 27.2% 6.9%
vs RHB 223 .317 .233 .294 .448 11 23.3% 6.3%
HOME 241 .309 .229 .289 .436 10 27.0% 7.1%
AWAY 184 .298 .229 .290 .396 6 22.8% 6.0%

Today's Lineups

DETROIT TIGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Ian Kinsler - 2B Logan Forsythe - 2B
Cameron Maybin - CF Brad Miller - SS
Victor Martinez - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
Nick Castellanos - 3B Logan Morrison - 1B
Justin Upton - LF Brandon Guyer - CF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Mike Aviles - RF Corey Dickerson - DH
James McCann - C Oswaldo Arcia - LF
Jose Iglesias - SS Curt Casali - C
Justin Verlander - RHP Blake Snell - LHP