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Rays vs Yankees Preview: Rays go for series victory

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Jake Odorizzi makes his 1st start of the season as the Rays go for the series victory against New York

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays are back after an off day on Monday and they’ll be going for their first series win of the season following their Opening Day victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.

Tonight, the Rays will take on the Yankees at 7pm at Tropicana Field with the game being televised on Fox Sports Sun.

Starting Pitchers

Jake Odorizzi vs CC Sabathia

Last year, Jake Odorizzi made 33 starts for the Rays, but struggled to pitch deep into games as he totaled just under 188 innings and averaged under six innings per game. When he was on the mound, Odorizzi put up decent results as he finished the year with a 3.69 ERA and a 4.31 FIP with a 21.5 strikeout percentage and he walked the opposing hitters 7% of the time.

CC Sabathia Scouting Report

Once Sabathia takes the mound tonight, he will have officially pitched in 17 major league seasons. Last year with the Yankees, Sabathia had a career resurgence putting up his best numbers since 2013.

Over the course of 30 starts, Sabathia had a 3.91 ERA and a 4.28 FIP in just under 180 innings pitched. Sabathia struck out just under 20% of opposing hitters while he walked 8.5% of them.

Sabathia’s 2016 Splits

  • vs RHB - .258/.325/.400 - .316 wOBA - 18 HR - 18.6 K% - 8.2 BB% - 613 PA
  • vs LHB - .207/.312/.351 - .294 wOBA - 4 HR - 24.5 K% - 9.7 BB% -155 PA
  • Home - .263/.324/.407 - .319 wOBA - 13 HR - 20.3 K% - 7.0 BB% - 385 PA
  • Away - .232/.321/.372 - .305 wOBA - 9 HR - 19.3 K% - 9.9 BB% - 383 PA

Times Through the Order Numbers

  • 1st Time - .201/.295/.321 - .275 wOBA - 6 HR - 23.0 K% - 10.0 BB% - 270 PA
  • 2nd Time - .261/.332/.383 - .315 wOBA - 7 HR - 19.6 K% - 8.2 BB% - 270 PA
  • 3rd Time - .273/.332/.462 - .340 wOBA - 9 HR - 15.8 K% - 7.4 BB% - 215 PA

Tendencies

During the 2016 season, Brooks Baseball has CC Sabathia throwing six different pitches (Fastball, Sinker, Changeup, Slider, Curveball, and a Cutter).

The fastball, cutter, and sinker will register in the low 90’s while the breaking and offspeed pitches will range from the low- to mid-80’s.

Against left handed batters, Sabathia relies heavily on his sinker and slider throwing them a combined 82% of the time. Sabathia will use those pitches low and away from the opposing hitter to try and entice them to go out of the zone.

With right handed batters, Sabathia mixes it up a bit more as he uses four pitches at least 14% of the time or more, using the cutter most at 36.9%. He’ll use them all over the zone to try and change the hitter’s eye level.

Lineups

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK YANKEES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Brett Gardner - LF Steven Souza - RF
Gary Sanchez - C Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Greg Bird - 1B Evan Longoria - 3B
Matt Holliday - DH Rickie Weeks - 1B
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Tim Beckham - SS
Starlin Castro - 2B Brad Miller - 2B
Chase Headley - 3B Derek Norris - C
Aaron Judge - RF Daniel Robertson - DH
Ronald Torreyes - SS Peter Bourjos - LF
CC Sabathia - LHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP