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Chris Archer prepares take on Ubaldo Jimenez and the Orioles...if the rain lets them play

Pittsburgh Pirates v Baltimore Orioles - Game Two Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off a successful homestand in which they won 4 of 6, despite losing their past series to the Houston Astros. The Rays are now 10-10 on the season and still situated in fourth place in the division. They now travel up to Baltimore to take on the Orioles for three games (weather permitting).

The Orioles currently lead the division with a record of 12-5, with a game and a half lead over the Yankees. They’re coming off an eventful series with the Boston Red Sox, the O’s took two of three from Boston but dropped the final game of the series on Sunday.

Rain is in the forecast all night and pretty much all of tomorrow, so they’ll try to get through tonight’s game as tomorrow is extremely unlikely to happen. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Starting Pitchers

Chris Archer vs Ubaldo Jimenez

Chris Archer had some dominate stuff his last time on the mound, but struggled with his command. He managed to strike out nine batters over just five innings pitched, but he also walked two, plus he allowed four runs on seven hits.

Ubaldo Jimenez is one of those guys that’ll dominate or get dominated. His first two times out, he was beat and out of the game before the end of the fifth inning. His last time however, he went close to eight strong innings against the Cincinnati Reds on the 19th in which he held them scoreless, allowing just two hits. Jimenez also struck out three and walked four.

His Arsenal

Jimenez gives hitters a lot to think about when he is on the mound as he can throw seven different pitches from speeds ranging in the low 70’s to the low 90’s. He favors his fastball the most, but still throws it just over 30% of the time. He’ll actually go to his sinker more often against righties.

His 2016 Splits

Last year, Jimenez just could not figure out left-handed hitters. They lit him up over the year with a .378 wOBA over 268 plate appearances, while righties were a slightly better story with a mark of .308.

Jimenez is the rare type of pitcher that gets batter the deeper he works into games. His first time through in 2016 was atrocious at a clip of a .360 wOBA, however, that drops to .290 his third time facing a lineup.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Corey Dickerson - DH Seth Smith - RF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Adam Jones - CF
Evan Longoria - 3B Manny Machado - 3B
Brad Miller - 2B Chris Davis - 1B
Steven Souza - RF Mark Trumbo - DH
Logan Morrison - 1B Welington Castillo - C
Tim Beckham - SS Hyun Soo Kim - LF
Shane Peterson - LF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Derek Norris - C J.J. Hardy - SS
Chris Archer - RHP Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP