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Rays vs Marlins Preview: Going for Two

The Rays hope sweep the Marlins in Miami behind Alex Cobb

Tampa Bay Rays v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Rays were victorious last night over the Miami Marlins as a solid performance from Jake Odorizzi and the bullpen helped lead the team to a 4-2 victory. The Rays improved to 13-14 on the season while the Marlins dropped to 11-13.

Tonight, the Rays will send Alex Cobb to the mound against Edinson Volquez

Starting Lineups

Evan Longoria is out once again, as he continues to deal with an ailing foot. Colby Rasmus has now joined the Rays and is available off the bench tonight.

Today's Lineups

Corey Dickerson - LF Dee Gordon - 2B
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Martin Prado - 3B
Logan Morrison - 1B Christian Yelich - CF
Brad Miller - 2B Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Steven Souza - RF Marcell Ozuna - LF
Tim Beckham - SS Justin Bour - 1B
Derek Norris - C J.T. Realmuto - C
Daniel Robertson - 3B Miguel Rojas - SS
Alex Cobb - RHP Edinson Volquez - RHP

Starting Pitchers

Alex Cobb is still struggling with his change-up, but he flashed a couple of solid ones during his last start. He still has to mostly rely on mixing and matching his fastball and curveball to be effective. His last time out was on the 26th against Baltimore where he allowed three runs — two earned — on eight hits, while he walked two and struck out three over five innings.

Edinson Volquez is off to a rough start for the Marlins. He had an excellent debut outing but his four starts since have left a lot to be desired. Over those four outings, he is averaging under four innings a start, walks have been a problem as well. His last time out was on the 27th against the Phillies where he allowed three runs — two earned — on six hits while he walked four and struck out two before leaving with two outs in the sixth inning.

Volquez’s Arsenal

So far this year, Volquez has thrown four types of pitches to opposing hitters; A fastball, sinker, curveball, and change-up.

The fastball and sinker sit in the low to mid 90’s, with the change-up and curveball coming in the low 80’s. He pretty much relies on his hard stuff, while using the off-speed pitches enough to hitters off balance.

Volquez’s 2016 Splits

Volquez wasn’t good last year. Regardless of who he faced at the plate, hitters enjoyed success off him.