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Game 6 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Yankees

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Blake Snell hopes to return the Rays to the win column

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It has now been a full week since the Rays have won a game, after taking Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox, the Rays have now dropped their past contests in a row.

Today, the Rays will look to return to the win column as they finish their brief two game series with the Yankees in New York.

Starting Pitchers

Blake Snell vs Luis Severino

Snell made his 2018 debut on Friday and provided the Rays with a solid start as he dueled with David Price, holding the Boston Red Sox scoreless before leaving with two outs in the sixth inning. Snell collected two strikeouts, but also walked two during the outing, while surrendering just three hits.

Luis Severino Scouting Report

Severino had a similar outing to Snell during his season debut, also on Friday, as he held the Toronto Blue Jays scoreless before leaving with two outs in the sixth inning. Severino allowed just one hit during the outing, striking out seven and walking three.

His repertoire, per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (88mph) and Fourseam Fastball (99mph), also mixing in a Change (90mph).

Basic description of 2018 pitches compared to other RHP: His slider is thrown extremely hard, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has exceptional depth and has short glove-side cut. His fourseam fastball is thrown at a speed that’s borderline unfair and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 6 of them in 2018) is thrown extremely hard, generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ changeups, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has slight armside fade.

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

TAMPA BAY RAYS NEW YORK YANKEES
Denard Span - LF Brett Gardner - CF
Kevin Kiermaier - CF Aaron Judge - RF
C.J. Cron - DH Giancarlo Stanton - LF
Brad Miller - 1B Gary Sanchez - DH
Wilson Ramos - C Didi Gregorius - SS
Joey Wendle - 2B Brandon Drury - 3B
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Tyler Austin - 1B
Mallex Smith - RF Austin Romine - C
Daniel Robertson - 3B Ronald Torreyes - 2B
Blake Snell - LHP Luis Severino - RHP