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Game 151 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

Alex Cobb makes his last start of the season at Tropicana Field as the Rays hope to even the series against the Yankees

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Masahiro Tanaka 13 4 2.97 3.26 20.5% 4.4% .232 .273 18 30 193.2 5.1
Alex Cobb 1 0 3.06 3.93 16.9% 5.6% .224 .245 2 3 17.2 0.2

Alex Cobb's return from Tommy john Surgery has gone about as well as anyone could hope for. He struggled some with his control the last time out, but still pitched very effectively as he lasted two outs into the seventh inning and allowed only a run on two hits, while he walked three and struck four, picking up his first win of the season.

Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report:

Tanaka just keeps getting better and better, which is terrifying, because he is already one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. Over the past month, he has been particularly dominant as he possesses an ERA of 1.34 over his last six starts, including an outing against the Rays. His last time out was on the 15th in Boston where he allowed a run on three hits, while he did walk three, but also struck out none over seven innings pitched.

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 378 .270 .230 .258 .374 9 20.9% 3.4%
vs RHB 401 .273 .233 .281 .342 9 20.2% 5.2%
HOME 388 .292 .236 .276 .407 13 23.2% 4.4%
AWAY 391 .251 .228 .263 .310 5 17.9% 4.4%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 270 .240 .211 .252 .293 3 22.6% 4.8%
2nd Time 270 .315 .265 .312 .420 8 20.0% 5.9%
3rd Time 225 .255 .214 .234 .366 7 19.1% 2.2%

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK YANKEES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Brett Gardner - LF Logan Forsythe - 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Gary Sanchez - C Evan Longoria - 3B
Brian McCann - DH Brad Miller - 1B
Mark Teixeira - 1B Corey Dickerson - LF
Didi Gregorius - SS Alexei Ramirez - SS
Ronald Torreyes - 3B Jaff Decker - RF
Mason Williams - RF Richie Shaffer - DH
Donovan Solano - 2B Bobby Wilson - C