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Game 90 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Detroit Tigers

Chris Archer returns to the mound tonight against the Tigers

Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Chris Archer 76.1 23.7% 8.1% 3.80 .260 1.2 13/13
Francisco Liriano 73.2 18.7% 13.4% 5.27 .218 0 13/13

Francisco Liriano Scouting Report

The 2018 season has not been kind to Francisco Liriano thus far as his 13 starts for the Tigers have been a struggle. He has shown signs of his former self that had a top prospect pedigree, but it’s usually been mediocre to less than subpar performances. His last time out was on the 4th in Chicago against the Cubs where he allowed three runs on five hits, while he walked five and struck out five over six innings pitched.

His repertoire per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (93mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Curve (76mph).

His sinker has less armside run than typical and has slightly above average velo. His slider results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His change is much firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has some natural sink to it. His fourseam fastball is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His curve (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 2 of them in 2018) is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ curves, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slight glove-side movement.

Splits

. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .207 .098 .220 .216 25.1% 13.6% 2 59
RHB .343 .246 .354 .431 17.1% 13.4% 9 246
TTO - - - - - - - -
1ST .287 .200 .316 .313 19.7% 14.5% 3 117
2ND .284 .178 .291 .350 19.7% 12.0% 3 117
3RD .419 .312 .408 .574 15.5% 14.1% 5 71

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

DETROIT TIGERS TAMPA BAY RAYS
Ronny Rodriguez - 3B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Nick Castellanos - RF Matt Duffy - 3B
Niko Goodrum - 2B Daniel Robertson - LF
Victor Martinez - DH Wilson Ramos - C
Jim Adduci - 1B C.J. Cron - DH
Mikie Mahtook - LF Jake Bauers - 1B
James McCann - C Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Jose Iglesias - SS Carlos Gomez - RF
Victor Reyes - CF Willy Adames - 2B
Francisco Liriano - LHP Chris Archer - RHP