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Game 84 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels

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The Rays hope to bounce back after the Angels scored 13 runs en route to a victory last night

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Jered Weaver 6 7 5.51 5.69 13.1% 6.3% .297 .303 20 16 94.2 -0.1
Drew Smyly 2 9 5.33 4.30 26.7% 5.9% .256 .310 19 16 96.1 1.3

For the first time since his outing on May 16th (seven starts) Drew Smyly did not allow a home run...he still came away with a loss, but at least there's a positive. Smyly pitched two outs into the seventh inning and if he had some better defense behind him, as well as a better bullpen, his line would look a lot better but in the end he allowed six runs --  four earned -- on six hits, while he walked four and struck out eight.

Jered Weaver Scouting Report:

Weaver hasn't thrown a pitch faster than 87 miles per hour all season, but he is still able to get major league hitters out...sometimes, and sometimes he gets lit up. Against the Rays earlier this season, he allowed just two runs over six innings, and he is now just two starts removed from a three hit shutout of the Oakland Athletics. However, during his last outing, he allowed six runs on seven hits -- one homer -- while he walked four and struck out three pitching one out into the sixth inning coming away with his seventh loss of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 83.8 MPH

4.3% vs LHB

***

32.9% vs RHB

Sinker 82.5 MPH

37.8% vs LHB

***

5.1% vs RHB

Slider 76.3 MPH

5.7 % vs LHB

***

24.7% vs RHB

Change-up 74.3 MPH

25.9% vs LHB

***

13.8% vs RHB

Curveball 68.9 MPH

26.1% vs LHB

***

23.1% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 178 .362 .281 .341 .513 10 12.4% 7.3%
vs RHB 235 .373 .309 .353 .530 10 13.6% 5.5%
HOME 227 .377 .303 .352 .543 12 16.7% 6.2%
AWAY 186 .357 .289 .342 .497 8 8.6% 6.5%

Today's Lineups

LOS ANGELES ANGELS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Yunel Escobar - 3B Logan Forsythe - DH
Kole Calhoun - RF Brad Miller - SS
Mike Trout - CF Evan Longoria - 3B
Albert Pujols - DH Logan Morrison - 1B
C.J. Cron - 1B Brandon Guyer - CF
Jefry Marte - LF Steven Souza - RF
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Corey Dickerson - LF
Jett Bandy - C Nick Franklin - 2B
Andrelton Simmons - SS Curt Casali - C
Jered Weaver - RHP Drew Smyly - LHP