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Game 133 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

Alex Cobb returns to the mound as the Blue Jays come to town

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Marcus Stroman 9 5 4.58 3.66 20.0% 5.7% .268 .317 18 26 167 3.0
Alex Cobb (rehab) 0 3 6.65 4.84 14.6% 7.8% .330 .368 3 8 21.2 NA

Alex Cobb hasn't pitched a major league game since September 28th, 2014, a span of over 700 days. He underwent Tommy John surgery during the early stages of the 2015 season after suffering the tear during spring training. He began his rehab assignment in early July, but suffered a setback due to mechanical issues. His last start came on August 27th where he allowed a run on five hits, while he walked none and struck out a batter over four innings pitched.

Marcus Stroman Scouting Report:

Stroman was supposed to be the ace of the Blue Jays staff this season, but he just can't get on sustained runs. He can put together terrific starts, but suffers dreadful ones shortly after. Since July 1st he has been pretty good having allowed just an earned run during six of his 10 starts. His last time out was one of the poor outings though as he allowed five runs on nine hits, while he walked one and struck out five over six innings pitched.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG. VELO. vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 93.6 4.8% 7.0%
Sinker 92.9 47.9% 55.2%
Cutter 90.6 14.9% 5.1%
Slider 87.2 16.2% 18.4%
Change-up 85.1 6.6% 5.7%
Curveball 81.7 9.2% 8.4%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 358 .326 .271 .325 .430 10 19.6% 6.7%
vs RHB 342 .305 .265 .304 .401 8 20.5% 4.7%
HOME 356 .316 .269 .312 .425 7 18.5% 5.1%
AWAY 344 .314 .268 .318 .406 11 21.5% 6.4%

Times Through the Order

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 234 .308 .291 .333 .368 1 17.5% 5.6%
2nd Time 234 .266 .220 .275 .333 3 23.9% 5.6%
3rd Time 208 .368 .291 .332 .541 13 19.7% 5.8%

Today's Lineups

TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Jose Bautista - DH Logan Forsythe - 2B
Josh Donaldson - 3B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Michael Saunders - RF Brad Miller - 1B
Russell Martin - C Matt Duffy - SS
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Logan Morrison - DH
Melvin Upton Jr. - LF Nick Franklin - RF
Kevin Pillar - CF Corey Dickerson - LF
Devon Travis - 2B Luke Maile - C