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Game 83 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels

The Rays go for a series victory against a former two-time Cy Young winner

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Tim Lincecum 1 2 6.75 5.49 16.9% 12.3% .339 .395 2 3 13.1 -0.1
Jake Odorizzi 3 3 3.91 4.31 23.3% 8.0% .237 .276 15 17 94.1 1.1

Another start, another five inning appearance for Jake Odorizzi as he again struggled to put hitters away as he pitched a solid game, but had to make an exhausted bullpen go to work. Odorizzi allowed two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out seven over those five innings against the Tigers, picking up a no-decision for the 11th time this season.

Tim Lincecum Scouting Report:

Back in the days of yesteryear. Tim Lincecum won two Cy Young awards, threw a no-hitter, and helped to lead the Giants to the postseason. Since those days, Lincecum's career has spiraled and he found himself out of a job once the 2015 season finished. He had plenty of suitors, but only on minor league deals and after several highly publicized showcases and training sessions, the Angels nabbed the former elite pitcher.

Lincecum has made three starts for Los Angeles so far, with his season debut going splendidly and his past two...not so much. Over his last two outings, Lincecum has totaled just over seven innings pitched combined, as he has allowed nine runs over that time. His last start came on the 28th against Houston where he allowed five runs on seven hits -- one home run -- while he walked four and struck out seven, leaving the game after one out in the fifth eventually picking up his 2nd loss of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 88.6 MPH

8.1% vs LHB

***

25.2% vs RHB

Sinker 88.5 MPH

39.6% vs LHB

***

22.7% vs RHB

Splitter 81.9 MPH

41.5% vs LHB

***

21.9% vs RHB

Slider 81.8 MPH

3.7% vs LHB

***

23.5% vs RHB

Curveball 74.3 MPH

6.9% vs LHB

***

6.5% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 36 .336 .324 .361 .412 0 22.2% 5.6%
vs RHB 29 .514 .364 .517 .727 2 10.3% 20.7%
HOME 41 .513 .429 .512 .714 2 22.0% 14.6%
AWAY 24 .249 .191 .292 .238 0 8.3% 8.3%

Today's Lineups

LOS ANGELES ANGELS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Yunel Escobar - 3B Logan Forsythe - 2B
Kole Calhoun - RF Brad Miller - SS
Albert Pujols - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
C.J. Cron - 1B Logan Morrison - 1B
Daniel Nava - LF Steven Souza - CF
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Corey Dickerson - DH
Andrelton Simmons - SS Nick Franklin - LF
Carlos Perez - C Oswaldo Arcia - RF
Shane Robinson - CF Hank Conger - C
Tim Lincecum - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP