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Game 141 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

The Rays try to avoid a series defeat as the Yankees send their ace to the hill

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Chris Archer 8 17 4.06 3.61 28.4% 8.2% .235 .305 24 29 175.1 3.2
Masahiro Tanaka 12 4 3.11 3.26 20.8% 4.3% .236 .279 17 28 179.1 4.7

Despite his long early season struggles, Chris Archer has turned in a very quality season that most pitchers would be content with. It is certainly not the ace level kind of season that was expected. His last start came on the 4th against the Blue Jays where he allowed two runs on five hits while he walked one and struck out nine before exiting the game with one out in the seventh inning.

Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report:

Masahiro Tanaka is a really good pitcher, and he is currently having the best year of his so far brief major league career. Over his last four starts, he has been exceptional as he's only allowed four runs total. The last time he allowed more than two runs was just barely under a month ago against the Rays when they tallied four against him. His last start came on the 5th against the Blue Jays where he allowed two runs on seven hits while he uncharacteristically walked three and struck out four before departing with one out in the seventh inning.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.3 10.5% 6.3%
Sinker 90.4 26.4% 30.9%
Cutter 88.6 5.8% 9.7%
Splitter 86.9 28.0% 21.7%
Slider 84.4 21.7% 27.8%
Curveball 76.0 7.2% 3.3%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 351 .270 .232 .257 .376 9 21.4% 3.1%
vs RHB 372 .277 .240 .286 .346 8 20.2% 5.4%
HOME 360 .295 .240 .280 .408 12 22.2% 4.7%
AWAY 363 .253 .233 .264 .314 5 19.3% 3.9%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 252 .241 .213 .254 .293 3 22.2% 4.8%
2nd Time 252 .319 .267 .315 .427 8 19.8% 6.0%
3rd Time 207 .257 .222 .239 .365 6 20.3% 1.9%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS NEW YORK YANKEES
Logan Forsythe - 2B Brett Gardner - LF
Nick Franklin - SS Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Evan Longoria - 3B Gary Sanchez - C
Brad Miller - 1B Didi Gregorius - SS
Logan Morrison - DH Starlin Castro - 2B
Corey Dickerson - LF Brian McCann - DH
Steven Souza - RF Rob Refsnyder - RF
Mikie Mahtook - CF Tyler Austin - 1B
Bobby Wilson - C Ronald Torreyes - 3B