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Game 139 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

Alex Cobb returns to the mound after an incredible season debut his last time out

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TODAY'S STARTING PITCHERS:

2016 W L ERA FIP K% BB% AVG BABIP HR GS IP fWAR
CC Sabathia 8 12 4.20 4.22 19.5% 8.7% .250 .293 17 25 150 2.4
Alex Cobb 0 0 3.60 0.95 35.0% 5.0% .211 .333 0 1 5.0 0.3

What an incredible return it was to a major league mound for Alex Cobb. After putting up less than thrilling numbers during his rehab outings, and then a shaky first inning, Cobb defied expectations and dominated the potent lineup of the Toronto Blue Jays. His final line doesn't look as impressive as he actually pitched though as he allowed two runs on four hits, while he walked one and struck out seven over five innings pitched as he exited after delivering 84 pitches (71% strike rate).

CC Sabathia Scouting Report:

Sabathia started out the year pretty good but around late June, the wheels finally fell off for the 16 year old veteran. Over his last 14 starts, Sabathia has an ERA in the high five's, but his last outing was one of his better ones as of late as he allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits, one home run, while he walked two and struck out one over six innings pitched but he still wound up with his 12th loss of the season.

His Arsenal:

PITCH AVG VELO vs LHB vs RHB
Fastball 92.1 8.3% 0.8%
Sinker 90.7 43.9% 25.9%
Cutter 89.3 11.8% 36.8%
Change-up 84.4 0.0% 14.2%
Curveball 81.9 0.0% 1.2%
Slider 80.9 35.8% 20.9%

His Splits:

2016 TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
vs LHB 125 .292 .206 .323 .330 2 24.8% 11.2%
vs RHB 522 .318 .261 .328 .402 15 18.2% 8.1%
HOME 316 .324 .273 .338 .406 9 18.7% 7.6%
AWAY 331 .303 .228 .317 .372 8 20.2% 9.7%

Times Through the Order:

TTO TBF wOBA AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB%
1st Time 225 .265 .192 .291 .296 4 21.3% 10.7%
2nd Time 225 .326 .276 .350 .388 5 20.0% 8.4%
3rd Time 184 .341 .271 .328 .473 8 16.3% 7.1%

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS NEW YORK YANKEES
Logan Forsythe - 2B Brett Gardner - LF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Evan Longoria - DH Gary Sanchez - DH
Brad Miller - SS Didi Gregorius - SS
Mikie Mahtook - LF Starlin Castro - 2B
Nick Franklin - 1B Brian McCann - C
Steven Souza - RF Chase Headley - 3B
Richie Shaffer - 3B Tyler Austin - 1B
Curt Casali - C Aaron Judge - RF