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Game 95 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

The Rays head out west to Oakland with a rather unusual lineup

The Rays starting first baseman
The Rays starting first baseman
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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Matt Moore 5 7 4.33 4.60 19.8% 6.9% .257 .289 19 19 116.1 0.9
Sonny Gray 4 8 5.12 4.61 17.3% 8.9% .271 .307 13 17 96.2 0.7

Matt Moore was absolutely fantastic during his last start on the 19th as he continued his stellar trend. Since the Rays fell into this skid, Moore has easily been their best starting pitcher and with the exception of a few mistakes, he has been masterful. During the start, Moore allowed two runs on five hits -- one homer -- while he walked one and also struck out a hitter before exiting with one out in the eighth inning.

Sonny Gray Scouting Report:

Sonny Gray is averaging a Fangraphs GameScore of 47 this season, which is not very good for the former Cy Young contender. His last two times out weren't too bad, although he did struggle with his control a bit as he totaled eight walks between the two outings. His last start came on the 16th against the Twins where he allowed three runs on six hits -- one home run -- while he walked four and struck out two over six innings pitched, coming away with his first victory since April 22nd.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 93.7 MPH

45.5% vs LHB

***

29.5% vs RHB

Sinker 93.7 MPH

13.3% vs LHB

***

34.6% vs RHB

Cutter 90.8 MPH

1.8% vs LHB

***

3.2% vs RHB

Change-up 88.7 MPH

14.6% vs LHB

***

4.6% vs RHB

Slider

85.9 MPH

10.0% vs LHB

***

13.0% vs RHB

Curveball 81.7 MPH

14.5% vs LHB

***

14.7% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 207 .311 .266 .320 .397 3 18.4% 6.8%
vs RHB 220 .374 .277 .359 .526 10 16.4% 10.9%
HOME 236 .348 .284 .349 .462 7 17.8% 8.5%
AWAY 191 .337 .256 .330 .462 6 16.8% 9.4%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS OAKLAND A'S
Logan Forsythe - 2B Marcus Semien - SS
Brad Miller - SS Jed Lowrie - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Josh Reddick - RF
Corey Dickerson - DH Danny Valencia - 1B
Steven Souza - RF Khris Davis - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Billy Butler - DH
Brandon Guyer - LF Stephen Vogt - C
Tim Beckham - 1B Jake Smolinski - CF
Luke Maile - C Ryon Healy - 3B
Matt Moore - LHP Sonny Gray - RHP