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Game 159 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox

The Rays hope to avoid a four game sweep at the hands of the White Sox

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
Chris Archer 8 19 4.02 3.78 27.7% 7.9% .234 .297 29 32 194.2 3.1
Jose Quintana 13 11 3.21 3.54 21.4% 5.9% .245 .293 21 31 202 4.7

The last time a pitcher in the major leagues ended the season with at least 20 losses was over a decade ago when Mike Maroth lost 21 games with the Detroit Tigers. The last time a right-handed pitcher did it, was in 1980 when Brian Kingman did It for the Oakland Athletics. Wins and losses don't matter, but if Chris Archer losses tonight, his name will forever be in the record books.

His last start came on the 23rd against the Red Sox at the Trop and while he didn't pitch too poorly, he still netted his 19th loss of the season. He allowed two runs on seven hits, one home run, while he walked two and struck out seven over six innings pitched.

Jose Quintana Scouting Report:

Quintana has had somewhat of a rough month of September, as he has two starts in which he's allowed six runs or more. However, he also has two other starts in which he allowed just a single run. His last time out came on the 24th in Cleveland against the Indians where he allowed a run on six hits, while he also walked three and struck out two over six innings pitched.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.6 32.4% 44.0%
Sinker 92.5 35.2% 22.1%
Cutter 90.8 1.0% 0.3%
Change-up 86.6 1.4% 10.2%
Curveball 77.9 29.8% 23.2%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 172 .270 .236 .267 .360 3 21.5% 3.5%
vs RHB 642 .304 .248 .302 .401 18 21.3% 6.5%
HOME 347 .273 .220 .254 .383 12 23.3% 3.5%
AWAY 467 .314 .265 .324 .399 9 19.9% 7.7%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 279 .327 .271 .315 .448 9 23.7% 5.4%
2nd Time 279 .227 .183 .234 .281 5 21.2% 5.7%
3rd Time 241 .338 .290 .342 .444 6 19.5% 6.6%

Today's Lineups

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