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Rays vs Astros Preview: Todd Kalas Returns!

Alex Cobb takes the mound against Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros

San Diego Padres v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays just capped off a thrilling and bizarre series against the Detroit Tigers in which the Rays were victorious in all three games. The Rays victories placed them a game over .500 at 9-8, however, they are still in 4th place in the AL East, 2 and a half games behind the Orioles for first place.

The Houston Astros meanwhile have been playing excellent as they sit atop the American League West with a record of 11-5, having won eight of their past 10 games, including their past two in a row.

The first pitch is slated for 7:10pm

Starting Pitchers

Alex Cobb vs Mike Fiers

Alex Cobb had his shortest outing of the young season during his last time out as he lasted just five innings against the Boston Red Sox on the 16th. Cobb allowed four runs on 11 hits, including a homer, while he walked one and struck out none.

Mike Fiers Scouting Report

Fiers got tagged by the home run ball his last time out has the Seattle Mariners homered twice off him as they tallied five runs on six hits while Fiers did strike out five and walked just one over four innings pitched.

His Arsenal

He’ll come at opposing with a wide array of pitches (six thus far in 2017) with most of them ranging from the low to high 80’s, plus a curveball that he’ll drop in the low 70’s. He could go to any pitch at any time regardless of who is hitting as does a solid job of mixing up his repertoire.

His 2016 Splits

Last season, Fiers was a reverse splits guy as righties did significantly better against him than lefties, although it didn’t matter much as most hitters were successful against him. Still, righties had a wOBA of .358 in over 400 plate appearances. As for home/away numbers, Fiers was much better at home as opposed to away.

Meanwhile, Fiers fares alright his first time through the lineup but once the leadoff batter comes around for a second go, things go very badly for the Houston righty.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

George Springer - CF Corey Dickerson - DH
Josh Reddick - RF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Jose Altuve - 2B Evan Longoria - 3B
Carlos Correa - SS Brad Miller - 2B
Carlos Beltran - DH Steven Souza - RF
Alex Bregman - 3B Logan Morrison - 1B
Brian McCann - C Derek Norris - C
Yulieski Gurriel - 1B Shane Peterson - LF
Norichika Aoki - LF Tim Beckham - SS
Mike Fiers - RHP Alex Cobb - RHP