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Game 156 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox

The Rays begin their final road trip of the year against a familiar face

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Drew Smyly 7 11 4.86 4.56 22.7% 6.7% .251 .287 32 29 170.1 1.4
James Shields 5 18 5.98 6.11 15.9% 10.0% .288 .304 38 31 168.2 -1.0

Drew Smyly had another solid outing his last time out as he is overcoming a rough couple of outings with back-to-back quality outings. His last start came on the 20th against the Yankees as he allowed a run on four hits, one homer, while he walked two and struck out three over six innings pitched.

Shell of James Shields' Scouting Report:

Oh James Shields, what has the world done to you. He has allowed 38 home runs this year! He has had some outings this year in which he's looked like his former self, but it's usually been ugly for him. His last start came on the 20th in Philadelphia where he allowed seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits, one homer, while he walked three and struck out four before departing with one out in the sixth inning en route to his 18th loss of the year.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 91.1 25.4% 38.7%
Sinker 90.4 19.9% 4.9%
Cutter 86.9 14.1% 21.9%
Change-up 84.0 23.5% 17.5%
Slider 81.9 0.5% 2.6%
Curveball 77.7 15.2% 14.1%
Slow-Curve 68.9 0.9% 0.0%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 377 .372 .284 .374 .495 15 14.3% 11.7%
vs RHB 390 .393 .293 .362 .576 23 17.4% 8.5%
HOME 458 .376 .280 .355 .537 25 17.9% 9.4%
AWAY 309 .392 .302 .388 .537 13 12.9% 11.0%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 279 .409 .298 .378 .598 20 15.4% 10.0%
2nd Time 268 .344 .271 .348 .453 9 14.6% 9.3%
3rd Time 202 .402 .302 .383 .582 9 18.8% 10.9%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Logan Forsythe - 2B Tim Anderson - SS
Corey Dickerson - LF Melky Cabrera - LF
Evan Longoria - 3B Jose Abreu - 1B
Brad Miller - 1B Justin Morneau - DH
Mikie Mahtook - CF Todd Frazier - 3B
Jaff Decker - RF Avisail Garcia - RF
Curt Casali - DH Omar Narvaez - C
Alexei Ramirez - SS Carlos Sanchez - 2B
Bobby Wilson - C Leury Garcia - CF