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Game 87 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays @ New York Mets

The Rays return home following a 10 month absence

New York Mets v Miami Marlins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Ryne Stanek 27.1 30.6% 13.0% 3.18 .138 0.5 23/9
Jacob DeGrom 107.1 31.5% 6.6% 2.23 .206 3.9 16/16

Jacob DeGrom Scouting Report

Possibly the best starting pitcher in the National League, DeGrom has been incredibly dominant thus far in the 2018 season. However, he has shown to be a mere mortal his past two times out as he has tallied six innings pitched and three runs allowed in both starts. His last start came on the 30th against Miami where he surrendered three runs on six hits — one home run — while he walked one and struck out eight over six innings pitched.

His pitcher repertoire, per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Slider (91mph), also mixing in a Change (89mph), Sinker (96mph) and Curve(83mph).

His fourseam fastball generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has less armside movement than typical, has well above average velo and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers. His slider is thrown extremely hard, is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has less than expected depth. His change is thrown extremely hard, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has some natural sink to it. His sinker is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, is blazing fast, has less armside run than typical, has little sinking action compared to a true sinker and results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers. His curve is much harder than usual and has little depth.

Splits

. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .284 .234 .299 .352 29.3% 7.0% 4 215
RHB .211 .178 .233 .232 33.7% 6.2% 2 211
TTO - - - - - - - -
1ST .174 .122 .188 .188 33.3% 6.0% 2 150
2ND .236 .215 .271 .246 34.3% 6.4% 0 140
3RD .329 .277 .344 .431 26.0% 8.1% 3 123