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Game 67 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays

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The Rays go for the sweep behind Wilmer Font and Matt Andriese

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays will complete their three game series this afternoon at the Trop with the first pitch set for 1:05 p.m.

The Rays have taken the first two games of the series and have outscored the Blue Jays 12-5 over the first two contests.

Tampa Bay now has a record of 31-35 on the season, moving past the Blue Jays for third place in the division. Toronto has now dropped to 30-37, and both teams are 14 games and 15.5 games back respectively.

Starting Pitchers

Wilmer Font vs J.A. Happ

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Font 25.1 19.2% 7.5% 8.11 .327 -0.7 15/1
Happ 77.2 28.6% 7.0% 3.42 .214 1.8 13/13

Wilmer Font will serve as today’s ‘Opener’ for the Rays. Since joining the Rays organization in late May, Font has been solid for the Rays and has been a farcry from his disastrous beginning to the season. He started for the Rays on the 8th against Seattle and allowed two runs on two hits, before departing with an out in the third inning. He picked up career high five strikeouts during the performance and walked a batter.

Matt Andriese will relieve Font.

J.A. Happ Scouting Report

Happ has been fantastic thus far in 2018 for the Toronto Blue Jays. He has routinely pitched deeply into games and has kept the game close for the Blue Jays. His last start was among his best of the season as he stymied the Orioles for seven innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits, while he picked up three strikeouts and walked two.

His pitch usage per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Sinker (91mph), also mixing in a Slider (86mph) and Change (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (77mph).

His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has slightly above average velo, has slightly less natural movement than typical and has some added backspin. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has less armside run than typical. His slider is thrown extremely hard, has less than expected depth and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His change is thrown extremely hard. His curve is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ curves and has primarily 12-6 movement.

Splits

SPLITS wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
SPLITS wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .187 .155 .183 .246 33.3% 3.3% 1 60
RHB .301 .228 .299 .385 27.5% 7.8% 9 255
TTO - - - - - - - -
1ST .286 .222 .282 .370 34.2% 7.7% 5 117
2ND .289 .220 .276 .389 29.9% 5.1% 3 117
3RD .257 .194 .275 .296 17.5% 8.8% 2 80