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Game 148 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

The Rays played a dramatic game last night and nearly defeated an unbeatable closer, tonight they look to bounceback

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Matt Andriese 7 7 4.46 3.84 20.7% 5.0% .261 .304 15 16/26 111 1.7
Chris Tillman 16 5 3.68 4.19 19.9% 9.0% .238 .277 18 27 159 2.3

Matt Andriese had a nice rebound performance after two disastrous outings prior. On the 11th in New York, Andriese allowed a lone run on a solo homer, allowing a total of six hits, while he walked none and struck out two over five innings pitched earning his first win since June 15th.

Chris Tillman Scouting Report:

Since making his major league debut in 2009, only one pitcher has made more starts against the Rays than Tillman and that's CC Sabathia. When Tillman takes the mound tonight, it will be his 25th start against the Rays (he's already made four starts against them heading into tonight this season).

Tillman has been excellent this year with the exception of a few blemishes. He returned form a three week stint on the disabled list to delivered solid performance against the Tigers on the 11th as he allowed just one run on four hits, while he walked one and struck out four over six innings pitched.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 93.1 41.4% 39.4%
Sinker 92.8 16.1% 18.3%
Cutter 86.9 10.7% 17.6%
Slider 85.0 0.3% 0.9%
Change-up 85.0 16.6% 12.7%
Curveball 76.7 14.6% 10.8%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 304 .310 .232 .313 .406 8 22.4% 10.5%
vs RHB 349 .312 .243 .314 .404 10 17.8% 7.7%
HOME 327 .340 .264 .344 .443 9 22.0% 9.8%
AWAY 326 .283 .212 .283 .368 9 17.8% 8.3%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 240 .340 .266 .335 .456 7 15.8% 8.3%
2nd Time 233 .321 .234 .326 .412 8 20.6% 11.2%
3rd Time 175 .262 .205 .270 .333 3 24.0% 7.4%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Logan Forsythe - 2B Adam Jones - CF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Hyun Soo Kim - LF
Evan Longoria - 3B Manny Machado - 3B
Brad Miller - SS Chris Davis - 1B
Corey Dickerson - DH Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Steven Souza - RF Pedro Alvarez - DH
Richie Shaffer - 1B Matt Wieters - C
Mikie Mahtook - LF J.J. Hardy - SS
Curt Casali - C Michael Bourn - RF