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Game 85 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Los Angeles Angels

The Rays hope to avoid a series defeat behind their top prospect

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Hector Santiago 5 4 4.93 5.35 19.7% 10.3% .237 .258 17 17 91.1 0.1
Blake Snell 1 3 3.86 3.87 16.7% 12.5% .276 .333 1 5 25.2 0.4

Blake Snell has cursed the Rays as they are 3-18 since his promotion three weeks ago, but don't let sour you on the Rays top prospect. He has been solid so far during his rookie campaign as there are some obvious rough spots, but plenty of positives for the future. During his last start, three runs on four hits -- including his first major league homer -- while he walked four and struck out four resulting in his third loss of the season.

Hector Santiago Scouting Report:

Santiago has had an up and down season so far this year as some of his starts have been excellent, while others have been putrid. His last time out was one of the solid ones as he pitched six innings against the Red Sox on the 2nd, allowing an unearned run on four hits, while he walked and struck out four earning his fifth victory of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 92.6 MPH

66.2% vs LHB

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Cutter 87.3 MPH

6.0% vs LHB

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5.5% vs RHB

Change-up 83.8 MPH

7.5% vs LHB

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27.7% vs RHB

Slider 82.0 MPH

16.7% vs LHB

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3.6% vs RHB

Curveball 76.0 MPH

3.3% vs LHB

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5.1% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 98 .275 .218 .306 .306 2 20.4% 9.2%
vs RHB 292 .350 .243 .332 .486 15 19.5% 10.6%
HOME 173 .363 .252 .329 .539 11 23.1% 10.4%
AWAY 217 .305 .225 .322 .362 6 17.1% 10.1%

Today's Lineups

LOS ANGELES ANGELS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Yunel Escobar - 3B Logan Forsythe - 2B
Kole Calhoun - RF Brad Miller - SS
Mike Trout - CF Evan Longoria - DH
Albert Pujols - DH Steven Souza - RF
C.J. Cron - 1B Brandon Guyer - CF
Jefry Marte - LF Nick Franklin - 1B
Johnny Giavotella - 2B Oswaldo Arcia - LF
Carlos Perez - C Tim Beckham - 3B
Andrelton Simmons - SS Hank Conger - C
Hector Santiago - LHP Blake Snell - LHP