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Game 98 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics

The Rays hope to salvage a series splits after two straight walkoff losses

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Blake Snell 2 4 3.11 3.16 23.4% 12.1% .234 .306 1 7 37.2 0.9
Jesse Hahn 2 4 6.49 5.76 10.3% 9.6% .326 .336 6 7 34.2 -0.2

Although his promotion happened to correlate with the Rays season going downhill, Blake Snell has been really, really good. He has steadily improved as the season progressed, turning in a dazzling effort his last time out on the 19th in Colorado where he delivered six shutout innings in the uncozy confines of Coors Field, allowing just one hit, walking three and striking out nine leading to his second major league victory.

Jesse Hahn Scouting Report:

Remember Jesse Hahn? He was the prospect that tagged along with Alex Torres in the Brad Boxberger/Logan Forsythe trade. He went on to have a couple of pretty good seasons in 2014 and 2015, but has also dealt with nagging injuries. After making an excellent season debut on April 30th against the Astros delivering six shutout innings, Hahn has not been all that great.

After an awful May in which he made six starts, he had an ERA and FIP both north of six and this resulted in his demotion to the minors, where he did have considerably better results. His last start came on the 20th against the Rockies Triple-A affiliate where he only pitched one inning as to allow him to make the start later today.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. LHB RHB
Fastball 95.2 MPH

28.8%

30.4%
Sinker 95.1 MPH 36.2% 46.0%
Change-up 87.2 MPH 13.4% 1.3%
Curveball 76.9 MPH 21.4% 22.1%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 72 .465 .394 .444 .677 5 8.3% 8.3%
vs RHB 84 .313 .267 .349 .351 1 11.9% 10.7%
HOME 99 .330 .261 .313 .457 5 14.1% 7.1%
AWAY 57 .479 .449 .536 .596 1 3.5% 14.0%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS OAKLAND A'S
Logan Forsythe - 2B Jed Lowrie - 2B
Brad Miller - SS Jake Smolinski - CF
Evan Longoria - 3B Danny Valencia - RF
Corey Dickerson - LF Khris Davis - LF
Steve Pearce - 1B Billy Butler - DH
Oswaldo Arcia - DH Ryon Healy - 3B
Steven Souza - RF Marcus Semien - SS
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Yonder Alonso - 1B
Luke Maile - C Bruce Maxwell - C
Blake Snell - LHP Jesse Hahn - RHP