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Game 99 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Dodgers

The Rays head to Dodgers Stadium for just the second time in franchise history

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

PITCHER W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR IP G/GS fWAR
Chris Archer 5 13 4.60 4.13 27.3% 9.5% .248 .316 20 123.1 21 1.5
Bud Norris 5 9 4.56 3.99 21.7% 8.3% .258 .312 11 92.2 27/14 0.8

Bud Norris Scouting Report:

Bud Norris had an up-and-down year as a poor start resulted in a demotion to the Atlanta Braves bullpen, and he came close to being let go by the organization. However, he caught a second wind in June and actually raised enough value for the Braves to flip him to the Dodgers for a decent prospect.

Since that time, Norris has made four appearances for the Dodgers, and hasn't pitched particularly well as he's allowed 14 runs over 16 innings pitched. His last time out was in a relief appearance where he recorded just over an inning of work allowing one run on two hits -- one homer -- while he walked none and struck out one on the 22nd against the Cardinals.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 94.1 MPH 39.8% 48.1%
Sinker 94.2 MPH 18.1% 6.1%
Cutter 88.1 MPH 15.1% 8.6%
Change-up 85.2 MPH 5.0% 0.1%
Slider 85.2 MPH 21.8% 35.8%
Curveball 83.7 MPH 0.0% 1.1%

His Splits:

TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
LHB 174 .398 .300 .399 .541 7 18.4% 12.6%
RHB 222 .260 .229 .273 .325 4 24.3% 5.0%
HOME 193 .258 .203 .272 .316 3 25.4% 7.3%
AWAY 203 .379 .312 .381 .511 8 18.2% 9.4%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Logan Forsythe - 2B Chase Utley - 2B
Brad Miller - SS Corey Seager - SS
Evan Longoria - 3B Justin Turner - 3B
Corey Dickerson - LF Adrian Gonzalez - 1B
Steve Pearce - 1B Howie Kendrick - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Yasmani Grandal - C
Brandon Guyer - RF Andrew Toles - RF
Luke Maile - C Joc Pederson - CF
Chris Archer - RHP Bud Norris - RHP