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Game 15 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Philadelphia Phillies

The series finale

Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Starting Pitchers

TBA vs Ben Lively

To be announced...

Ben Lively Scouting Report

Lively made his major league debut during the 2017 season with the Philadephia Phillies. A former top-ten prospect in the Cincinnati Reds system, Lively was traded to the Phillies on New Year’s Eve in 2014 for OF Marlon Byrd.

Lively would start 15 games for Philadelphia in 2017, finishing out the season within their starting rotation. Overall, he accumulated a 4.26 ERA / 4.97 FIP, to go along with a 14.0 K% and 6.5 BB% in just shy of 89 innings pitched.

He has made two starts for the Phillies thus far in 2018. During his latest outing on the 9th against his former team — the Reds — he allowed five runs on nine hits, while he walked two and struck out seven before departing with two outs in the sixth innings.

Pitcher Repertoire per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Curve (76mph), also mixing in a Sinker (92mph) and Slider (84mph). He also rarely throws a Change (86mph).

His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has less armside movement than typical and has essentially average velo. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves, has slight glove-side movement and has slightly below average velo. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and has slight armside run. His slider (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 18 of them in 2018) is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has short glove-side cut. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 3 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has a lot of backspin and is slightly firmer than usual.

Pitch Usage

Starting Lineups

To be posted when available