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Game 144 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

After some almost fireworks last night, the Rays and Jays are back at it tonight

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Drew Smyly 6 11 5.05 4.53 23.2% 6.7% .254 .293 30 27 158.2 1.7
Marcus Stroman 9 7 4.55 3.70 20.1% 5.7% .267 .316 20 28 178 3.2

Drew Smyly had one of his worst starts of the season his last time out, after having more than a week separation from his prior start, which was also horrendous. Over his last nine innings pitched, he has allowed a total of 10 runs on 14 hits, three home runs. His last start came on the seventh against the Orioles where he allowed five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits, one home run, while he walked three and struck out two before exiting with two outs in just the fourth inning.

Marcus Stroman Scouting Report:

It hasn't been the kind of year that many were hoping for from Marcus Stroman as he has just isn't carving up lineups like has in the past. It just seems that he is running out of gas as he is very strong the first times through the order, but just falls apart during the third time, especially in the home run department. His last start came on the 7th against the Yankees where he allowed two runs on seven hits, one home run, while he walked one and struck out eight over seven innings pitched.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 93.7 5.6% 7.4%
Sinker 93.0 47.0% 54.5%
Cutter 90.6 16.2% 5.5%
Slider 87.2 15.9% 18.4%
Change-up 85.2 6.1% 5.5%
Curveball 81.7 8.9% 8.5%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 390 .324 .268 .321 .431 11 19.7% 6.7%
vs RHB 360 .308 .267 .306 .408 9 20.6% 4.7%
HOME 356 .316 .269 .312 .425 7 18.5% 5.1%
AWAY 394 .316 .266 .316 .414 13 21.6% 6.4%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 252 .304 .287 .329 .363 1 18.3% 5.6%
2nd Time 252 .270 .221 .275 .343 4 23.4% 5.6%
3rd Time 222 .373 .292 .333 .550 14 19.8% 5.9%

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