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Game 125 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals

The Rays return to the Trop

Toronto Blue Jays v Kansas City Royals Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Hunter Wood 26.1 26.1% 11.8% 3.88 .286 0.2 16/7
Jorge Lopez 24.1 16.5% 13.8% 4.72 .258 -0.1 21/21

Jorge Lopez Scouting Report

A former Baseball America top 100 prospect, the Royals acquired Lopez from the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Moustakas earlier this season. He has appeared in just 14 games thus far over his major league career, debuting in 2015. Struggles would derail his progress in 2016, leading to his prospect status diminishing. Thus far with Kansas City, Lopez has started one game.

It came on 15th against the Toronto Blue Jays and it went poorly. Lopez allowed six runs on eight hits, while he walked two and struck out three over 4 23 innings pitched.

His pitch repertoire, per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Curve (82mph), Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Sinker (95mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph) and Slider (88mph).

His curve is much harder than usual, results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has primarily 12-6 movement. His fourseam fastball has some natural sinking action, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has slightly above average velo. His sinker generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has well above average velo, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has slight armside run. His change is thrown extremely hard, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, has slight armside fade and has some natural sink to it. His slider is thrown extremely hard, is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement.