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Game 102 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees

Rays and Yankee play a matinee series finale

MLB: New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Nathan Eovaldi 57 23.7% 3.6% 4.28 .223 0.7 10/10
Luis Cessa 15 21.3% 13.1% 3.89 .208 0.1 15/15

Luis Cessa Scouting Report

Cessa has experienced a couple of brief cups of coffee in the majors this season, appearing in just six games thus far. Prior to the All-Star break, the Yankees gave him a two starts over two weeks, and Cessa performed solidly. His last major league outing come on the 9th where he held the Orioles scoreless for six innings, yielding just three hits, while he walked three and struck out four.

His repertoire, per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Change (87mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (84mph).

His fourseam fastball results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His slider results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has primarily 12-6 movement and has some two-plane movement. His change is much firmer than usual and results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 3 of them in 2018) is thrown extremely hard, generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ curves, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement.

*Nate Eovaldi has been traded to the Boston Red Sox