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Game 128 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Houston Astros

After last night's come from behind victory turned walkoff loss, the Rays look to bounceback

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Blake Snell 4 6 3.17 3.47 23.5% 13.6% .252 .335 3 13 65.1 1.3
Dallas Keuchel 8 12 4.64 3.86 20.8% 7.0% .255 .302 19 25 161.0 2.7

Blake Snell's command abandoned him once again in his last start as he walked a season high five batters before departing with two outs in the fifth inning. Snell has now pitched just over 11 innings over his past three starts. In his last start, Snell allowed just two runs, despite the five walks, while he gave up four hits, and he also picked up three strikeouts.

Dallas Keuchel Scouting Report:

It's been a down year for Keuchel. He's still been pretty good, but now his Cy Young caliber self of recent seasons. A lot like Chris Archer, Kecuhel suffered a miserable start to the season, but since the start of June, he has reversed that trend. During his last start, Keuchel allowed two runs on five hits, one home run, while he walked one and struck out seven over eight innings pitched on the 21st against the Orioles in Baltimore.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 89.3 1.9% 4.9%
Sinker 89.2 2.8% 44.3%
Cutter 86.5 53.3% 16.1%
Change-up 80.1 0.1% 12.0%
Slider 78.8 40.9% 21.4%
Curveball 78.1 0.7% 1.0%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 140 .263 .233 .271 .333 2 20.7% 4.3%
vs RHB 532 .327 .261 .321 .443 17 20.9% 7.7%
HOME 292 .275 .233 .278 .355 5 21.6% 5.1%
AWAY 380 .344 .273 .335 .470 14 20.3% 8.4%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS HOUSTON ASTROS
Logan Forsythe - 2B George Springer - RF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Alex Bregman - 3B
Evan Longoria - 3B Jose Altuve - 2B
Matt Duffy - SS Carlos Correa - SS
Tim Beckham - 1B Evan Gattis - C
Mikie Mahtook - LF Yulieski Gurriel - DH
Steven Souza - RF Marwin Gonzalez - 1B
Corey Dickerson - DH Teoscar Hernandez - LF
Bobby Wilson - C Jake Marisnick - CF