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Game 105 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals

The Rays hope to bounceback after being shutout last night

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Yodano Ventura 6 9 4.88 4.87 17.4% 9.3% .245 .270 17 20 114.1 0.6
Matt Andriese 6 2 2.75 3.11 19.2% 6.0% .220 .262 4 8/18 72.0 1.5

With Matt Moore being traded, the Rays decided to move Matt Andriese back into the starting rotation and according to Kevin Cash, he'll be there for the foreseeable future. Andriese has been fantastic in each role the Rays have asked of him and he has earned the opportunity to start again. His last appearance came on the 30th against the Yankees as he pitched two innings, yielding a single run on a homer, while he walked one and struck out one.

Yordano Ventura Scouting Report:

You never know what's going to happen when the Royals young fire-baller, Yodano Ventura, takes the mound as he has the stuff to be brilliant, but a detrimental mindset brings on an explosive atmosphere. He has been pretty solid as of late, with three of his past four outings having lasted at least seven innings with his last start being a shortened complete game as he delivered eight innings against the Rangers, allowing three runs (all via solo homers), giving up a total of four hits, while he walked one and struck out six en route to a loss.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 96.3 MPH 40.0% 40.0%
Sinker 95.9 MPH 12.6% 18.8%
Change-up 86.1 MPH 21.7% 22.9%
Curveball 83.0 MPH 25.6% 18.1%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 245 .338 .245 .337 .443 11 16.7% 11.8%
vs RHB 249 .303 .246 .309 .382 6 18.1% 6.8%
HOME 229 .297 .237 .310 .366 5 18.8% 8.7%
AWAY 265 .340 .253 .335 .451 12 16.2% 9.8%