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Game 150 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

The Rays begin their final homestand of the season as Drew Smyly takes on Michael Pineda

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Michael Pineda 6 11 4.94 3.76 26.7% 6.7% .268 .342 24 29 160.1 2.9
Drew Smyly 7 11 4.98 4.53 23.0% 6.7% .253 .291 31 28 164.1 1.8

Drew Smyly rebounded from a rough outing his last time out as he was able to secure his seventh victory of the season, he hasn't lost since July 18th. Smyly allowed two runs on five hits, one home run, while he walked one and struck out four before exiting with two outs in the sixth inning against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Michael Pineda Scouting Report:

So far in the month of September, Michael Pineda has struggled to pitch deep into games as he has made three starts and the farthest he has gone is just two outs into the fifth inning. His last start came on the 14th against the Dodgers, where he held them scoreless for four innings, while allowing just two hits. He also walked two and struck out five.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Sinker

96.4

0.0% 0.0%
Cutter 94.9 49.5% 51.9%
Change-up 89.0 14.3% 2.4%
Slider 86.4 36.1% 45.4%
Curveball 74.5 0.0% 0.0%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 315 .346 .273 .341 .468 9 27.9% 8.3%
vs RHB 375 .327 .264 .309 .457 15 25.6% 5.3%
HOME 350 .333 .250 .307 .480 18 28.0% 6.6%
AWAY 340 .337 .287 .341 .444 6 25.3% 6.8%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 261 .360 .300 .349 .498 9 29.1% 6.1%
2nd Time 259 .321 .247 .306 .443 9 25.9% 6.2%
3rd Time 168 .323 .253 .315 .442 6 24.4% 8.3%

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK YANKEES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Brett Gardner - LF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Aaron Hicks - RF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Gary Sanchez - C Evan Longoria - 3B
Billy Butler - DH Brad Miller - 1B
Mark Teixeira - 1B Corey Dickerson - LF
Didi Gregorius - SS Mikie Mahtook - RF
Ronald Torreyes - 2B Alexei Ramirez - SS
Donovan Solano - 3B Richie Shaffer - DH
Mason Williams - CF Bobby Wilson - C