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Rays vs Marlins preview: For all the oranges

Matt Andriese takes the mound as the Rays go for the series win

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, Matt Andriese and the Rays look to conclude a four-game set with a win against the Marlins before welcoming in the last-place Blue Jays for a weekend series.

The Rays won the first two games of the series with the Marlins taking game #3 yesterday. In the opener, Tim Beckham and Jake Odorizzi lead the way in a rebound win. In game #2, the Rays walked their way to a win as Edinson Volquez allowed a career-high eight walks before departing with a thumb blister after 4 13 innings. In game #3, the Rays were undone by the bullpen after Blake Snell (who pitched fairly well) was unable to go deep once again.

The Rays will look to bounce back tonight when the two square off on Fox Sports Sun. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET.

Matt Andriese

The right-hander suffered his first loss of 2017 on Saturday against Toronto, allowing four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and three walks while striking out four across seven innings.

Andriese (1-1) was pitching well until allowing a two-run shot to Justin Smoak in the sixth inning, which led to his first loss of the season.

He's been solid over his last four starts (averaging 6 IP per start), allowing just eight earned runs. Andriese boasts a 3.86 ERA through his first five starts.

Dan Straily

Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in a trade this past winter for prospects, the right-hander has been stellar over his past four outings, posting a 2.78 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 during that stretch.

Straily (1-2, 4.15 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five batters over 5.1 innings in his most recent outing Saturday in Pittsburgh.

The journeyman had the game of his life a few starts ago against San Diego, striking out 14 Padres. His strikeout rate this season has spiked to 27.4 percent despite never posting a rate higher than 20.5 percent in his career.

Straily has faired well vs. LHB’s in 2017 (42 AB’s), posting a .238/.347/.405 slash-line from the left side of the plate. He’s excelled vs. RHB’s, holding hitters to the tune of .137/.228/.294 from the right side of the plate. Straily limits walks which helps since right handed bats boast a .220 ISO against him.

Straily has never made an appearance against the Rays.


In 2017, Straily has relied primarily on his fourseam fastball (91mph) and sllider (85mph) while mixing in a change using a circle change grip(84mph). He also throws a curveball (75mph) and sinker (91mph), two pitches he rarely throws.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

Dee Gordon - 2B Corey Dickerson - LF
Martin Prado - DH Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Christian Yelich - CF Evan Longoria - DH
Giancarlo Stanton - RF Brad Miller - 2B
Marcell Ozuna - LF Logan Morrison - 1B
Justin Bour - 1B Colby Rasmus - RF
J.T. Realmuto - C Tim Beckham - SS
Derek Dietrich - 3B Derek Norris - C
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Daniel Robertson - 3B
Dan Straily - RHP Matt Andriese - RHP