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Game 142 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

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The Rays hope to avoid a series sweep

A fan holds up five American flags before the Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium September 25, 2001 in the Bronx, New York. This is the first baseball game played at Yankee stadium since the terrorist attack on the twin towers.
A fan holds up five American flags before the Yankees game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium September 25, 2001 in the Bronx, New York. This is the first baseball game played at Yankee stadium since the terrorist attack on the twin towers.
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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Matt Andriese 6 7 4.58 3.79 21.1% 5.2% .260 .304 14 15/25 106 1.7
Luis Cessa 4 0 4.07 5.93 14.9% 6.3% .230 .216 10 4/12 42.0 -0.2

Matt Andriese has stymied opposing offenses during his last two outings, at least the first time through the order. But around the 4th and 5th innings, he has fallen apart. He has given up a total 14 runs over his last nine innings pitched. His last start came on the 5th against the Orioles where he allowed seven runs on nine hits, one home run, while he walked one and struck out seven over five innings pitched.

Luis Cessa Scouting Report:

Since joining the Yankees rotation three weeks ago, Cessa has pitched well for New York, but has been plagued by the longball like so many other pitchers this season. Over his last three outings, he has given up a total of five home runs. His last start came on the 6th against the Blue Jays where he allowed two runs on six hits, one home run, while he walked two and struck out three before leaving with one out in the sixth inning.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 95.1 44.9% 53.5%
Slider 85.6 9.6% 24.8%
Change-up 85.3 23.2% 1.9%
Curveball 80.8 22.0% 19.6%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 68 .288 .191 .250 .429 4 16.2% 7.4%
vs RHB 106 .337 .255 .314 .474 6 14.2% 5.7%
HOME 84 .344 .237 .310 .500 6 14.3% 8.3%
AWAY 90 .294 .224 .270 .417 4 15.6% 4.4%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 36 .329 .229 .250 .543 3 19.4% 2.8%
2nd Time 36 .240 .206 .250 .294 1 16.7% 5.6%
3rd Time 22 .347 .263 .364 .421 1 9.1% 9.1%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS NEW YORK YANKEES
Logan Forsythe - 2B Brett Gardner - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Evan Longoria - 3B Gary Sanchez - C
Brad Miller - SS Brian McCann - DH
Logan Morrison - 1B Mark Teixeira - 1B
Nick Franklin - LF Didi Gregorius - SS
Corey Dickerson - DH Chase Headley - 3B
Steven Souza - RF Aaron Judge - RF
Luke Maile - C Ronald Torreyes - 2B
Matt Andriese - RHP Luis Cessa - RHP