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Game 86 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Boston Red Sox

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No matter how bad the Rays have done, it's always nice to beat the Sox...so hopefully they do that

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Chris Archer 4 11 4.50 4.21 27.7% 10.0% .251 .322 17 18 104 1.2
Sean O'Sullivan 2 0 6.61 4.77 12.2% 6.8% .338 .368 2 3/4 16.1 0.1

Chris Archer was effective his last time out but for the 13th time this season, he failed to get past six innings. He did keep the Tigers scoreless while on the mound, allowing three hits, walking three, and racking up 10 strikeouts before leaving the game after recording two outs in the sixth inning en route to a no-decision.

Sean O'Sullivan Scouting Report:

O'Sullivan did what the Red Sox needed him to do his last time out as he was able to deliver five quality innings, giving the Red Sox an opportunity to win (which they did). O'Sullivan would allow two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out two resulting in his second victory of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. FREQUENCY
Fastball 91.8 MPH

47.7% vs LHB

***

32.2% vs RHB

Sinker 89.6 MPH

3.5% vs LHB

***

29.6% vs RHB

Slider 82.6 MPH

25.6% vs LHB

***

32.8% vs RHB

Change-up 81.4 MPH

3.5% vs LHB

***

0.0% vs RHB

Curveball 74.4 MPH

19.4% vs LHB

***

5.2% vs RHB

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 34 .339 .324 ..324 .471 1 14.7% 0.0%
vs RHB 40 .405 .353 .450 .471 1 10.0% 12.5%
HOME 69 .371 .333 .391 .460 2 11.6% 7.3%
AWAY 5 .424 .400 .400 .600 0 20.0% 0.0%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BOSTON RED SOX
Logan Forsythe - 2B Mookie Betts - RF
Brad Miller - SS Dustin Pedroia - 2B
Evan Longoria - 3B Xander Bogaerts - SS
Logan Morrison - 1B David Ortiz - DH
Brandon Guyer - CF Hanley Ramirez - 1B
Steven Souza - RF Jackie Bradley - CF
Corey Dickerson - DH Brock Holt - LF
Nick Franklin - LF Aaron Hill - 3B
Hank Conger - C Sandy Leon - C
Chris Archer - RHP Sean O'Sullivan - RHP