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Game 122 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Texas Rangers

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Martin Perez 8 8 4.09 4.59 11.8% 9.4% .262 .282 14 25 152 1.3
Drew Smyly 5 11 4.85 4.32 23.3% 6.4% .253 .296 24 23 137.1 1.9

Drew Smyly turned in his best start since April during his last time on the mound. Smyly allowed just one hit, unfortunately a home run, while he walked two and struck out four over seven innings pitched. The effort resulted in Smyly's fifth win of the season, and his third victory in a row.

Martin Perez Scouting Report:

This season has been a rough go of it for Martin so far but his starts leading up to this afternoon has gone well for him. In three of his previous four starts, Perez has given up just an earned run over seven innings pitched. His last time out was one of those outings as he allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits, one home run, while he walked one and struck out six over seven innings pitched.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 94.0 20.0% 18.1%
Sinker 93.8 50.9% 43.2%
Slider 86.1 17.6% 8.2%
Change-up 85.3 4.8% 19.4%
Curveball 80.7 6.5% 10.9%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 124 .239 .165 .270 .245 1 17.7% 12.1%
vs RHB 522 .340 .285 .353 .431 13 10.3% 8.8%
HOME 326 .299 .242 .311 .371 8 14.1% 8.6%
AWAY 320 .343 .283 .365 .424 6 9.4% 10.3%

Today's Lineups

TEXAS RANGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Delino DeShields Jr. - LF Logan Forsythe - DH
Ian Desmond - CF Matt Duffy - SS
Carlos Beltran - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
Adrian Beltre - 3B Brad Miller - 1B
Rougned Odor - 2B Tim Beckham - 2B
Elvis Andrus - SS Steven Souza - RF
Ryan Rua - 1B Corey Dickerson - LF
Robinson Chirinos - C Mikie Mahtook - CF
Drew Stubbs - RF Bobby Wilson - C
Martin Perez - LHP Drew Smyly - LHP