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Game 97 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

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The Rays hope to bounce back after 13 scoreless innings yesterday

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Drew Smyly 2 11 5.64 4.50 24.5% 6.4% .270 .321 21 18 105.1 1.1
Kendall Graveman 6 6 4.25 4.59 15.0% 7.3% .275 .302 13 18 101.2 0.7

Drew Smyly's struggled again his last time out as his season long slump continued. Since his start on May 21st, Smyly has lost seven of his 10 starts with an ERA north of seven over that time. During his last start, Smyly allowed five runs on nine hits, while he walked two and struck out three over five innings pitched.

Kendall Graveman Scouting Report:

Graveman has been pretty solid for the Athletics this year, especially since mid May. Since May 19th, he has allowed two earned runs or less in 9 of his 11 starts. His last two times out have been among his deepest pitched games of the season with him completing eight and seven innings respectively. His last start came on the 18th against the Astros where he allowed three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits -- one homer -- while he walked one and struck out five resulting in his fifth straight victory.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 93.1 MPH

5.2% vs LHB

***

4.8% vs RHB

Sinker 93.1 MPH

40.5% vs LHB

***

59.7% vs RHB

Cutter 88.6 MPH

28.1% vs LHB

***

25.5% vs RHB

Change-up 85.5 MPH

16.6% vs LHB

***

1.4% vs RHB

Slider 82.6 MPH

0.0% vs LHB

***

0.2% vs RHB

Curveball 79.7 MPH

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 237 .364 .291 .373 .476 6 17.3% 10.1%
vs RHB 204 .302 .258 .330 .413 7 12.3% 3.9%
HOME 180 .291 .246 .300 .370 3 17.8% 6.7%
AWAY 261 .367 .295 .363 .500 10 13.0% 7.7%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS OAKLAND A'S
Logan Forsythe - 2B Coco Crisp - CF
Brad Miller - SS Jed Lowrie - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Danny Valencia - 1B
Corey Dickerson - DH Khris Davis - LF
Steve Pearce - 1B Billy Butler - DH
Oswaldo Arcia - RF Jake Smolinski - RF
Brandon Guyer - LF Marcus Semien - SS
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Ryon Healy - 3B
Curt Casali - C Matt McBride - C
Drew Smyly - LHP Kendall Graveman - RHP