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Game 101 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

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The Rays go for the series victory against the Yankees

MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Yonny Chirinos 26.2 20.9% 7.8% 3.80 .245 0.3 6/5
Masahiro Tanaka 83.1 24.3% 6.5% 4.91 .229 0.6 15/15

Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report

2018 has been a struggle for Tanaka. He just returned from a month long DL stint due to a hamstring injury, and has made two starts since being activated. His latest outing came on the 15th in Cleveland where he pitched an out into the seventh inning, allowing two runs on six hits — one home run — while he walked one and struck out five.

His repertoire per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Slider (84mph) and Splitter (87mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Cutter (90mph). He also rarely throws a Sinker (91mph) and Curve (78mph).

Basic description of 2018 pitches compared to other RHP: His slider has short glove-side cut. His splitter has some natural sink to it and is slightly firmer than usual. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers. His cutter has good “rise”, has little cutting action and has slightly above average velo. His sinker has slight armside run. His curve generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ curves and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves.

Splits

. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .302 .234 .299 .389 20.9% 7.2% 5 139
RHB .326 .225 .282 .481 26.7% 5.9% 13 202
TTO - - - - - - - -
1ST .301 .225 .261 .445 25.2% 4.4% 7 135
2ND .260 .190 .265 .317 30.1% 7.5% 4 133
3RD .444 .308 .384 .677 12.3% 8.2% 7 73

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK YANKEES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Brett Gardner - CF Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Aaron Judge - RF Matt Duffy - 3B
Giancarlo Stanton - LF Jake Bauers - LF
Didi Gregorius - SS C.J. Cron - 1B
Miguel Andujar - 3B Ji-Man Choi - DH
Greg Bird - DH Daniel Robertson - 2B
Brandon Drury - 2B Mallex Smith - RF
Neil Walker - 1B Willy Adames - SS
Austin Romine - C Jesus Sucre - C
Masahiro Tanaka - RHP Yonny Chirinos - RHP