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Game 104 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals

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Three trades later and the Rays look a whole lot different

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Danny Duffy 6 1 3.22 3.49 27.2% 5.4% .231 .292 13 14/30 100.2 1.9
Chris Archer 5 14 4.42 4.05 27.4% 9.0% .243 .308 21 22 130.1 1.7

The Rays had good Chris Archer for the second start in a row his last time out as he seemingly found his groove. His last start came on the 26th in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, where he allowed three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and for just the third time this season, he didn't walk anyone while he did strikeout eight over seven innings pitched, but however he still came away with his 14th loss of the season.

Danny Duffy Scouting Report:

Duffy has been very good this season, especially over the past month. Since June 27th, Duffy has made six starts, and is averaging seven innings pitched per each of those outings and his ERA/FIP are both at three or below. His last start came on the 27th against the Angels where he allowed three runs on seven hits while he walked two and struck out five over six innings pitched en route to a no decision.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO. vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 96.2 MPH 64.2% 33.7%
Sinker 95.5 MPH 11.9% 26.7%
Change-up 86.0 MPH 1.8% 18.8%
Slider 84.3 MPH 22.0% 20.6%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 77 .236 .208 .260 .264 1 35.1% 5.2%
vs RHB 328 .313 .237 .295 .435 12 25.3% 5.5%
HOME 223 .315 .440 .293 .447 9 23.8% 5.4%
AWAY 182 .277 .216 .283 .345 4 31.3% 5.5%

Today's Lineups

KANSAS CITY ROYALS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Alcides Escobar - SS Logan Forsythe - 2B
Cheslor Cuthbert - 3B Brad Miller - SS
Lorenzo Cain - RF Evan Longoria - DH
Eric Hosmer - 1B Steven Souza - RF
Kendrys Morales - DH Desmond Jennings - LF
Salvador Perez - C Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Alex Gordon - LF Tim Beckham - 3B
Paulo Orlando - CF Nick Franklin - 1B
Raul Mondesi - 2B Luke Maile - C
Danny Duffy - LHP Chris Archer - RHP