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Game 127 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Drew Smyly 6 11 4.88 4.37 23.5% 6.3% .251 .292 26 24 144 1.8
Mike Fiers 9 6 4.41 4.71 18.2% 5.5% .272 .300 23 23/24 132.2 1.0

Drew Smyly once again fell victim do the home run bug that has plagued him all season as he sets his sight on James Shields home runs allowed record of 34 set in 2010. On the 21st against the Texas Rangers, Smyly allowed four runs on five hits, two home runs, while he walked one and struck out seven before departing with two outs in the seventh inning.

Mike Fiers Scouting Report:

Fiers turned in one of his best starts of the season his last time out as he rebounded from two of his worst starts of the season. On the 20th in Baltimore against the Orioles, Fiers allowed just a lone run on five hits, one home run, while he walked one and struck out seven en route to his 9th victory of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 90.4 38.6% 42.8%
Sinker 89.6 1.6% 1.9%
Cutter 87.2 14.7% 11.0%
Change-up 83.3 24.0% 16.4%
Slider 82.2 0.3% 12.2%
Curveball 74.9 20.3% 15.5%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 238 .314 .256 .303 .430 9 19.3% 5.0%
vs RHB 329 .358 .284 .335 .505 14 17.3% 5.8%
HOME 282 .306 .251 .291 .425 10 20.2% 4.6%
AWAY 285 .372 .294 .352 .523 13 16.1% 6.3%

Lineups to be posted when available