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Game 129 Preview: Boston Red Sox @ Tampa Bay Rays

The Red Sox are on a historical pace, can the Rays slow them down?

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Hector Velazquez 65.2 13.5% 7.1% 4.33 .277 0.2 36/5
Diego Castillo 36.1 25.2% 10.9% 3.68 .178 0.4 21/21

Hector Velazquez Scouting Report

The Red Sox are looking to Velazquez to start consecutive games for the first time this season. He has had made five starts, appearing in 36 games for Boston. His last outing came on the 19th, against the Rays in Fenway where he allowed a run on three hits — one home run — while he walked three and struck out two over four innings of work.

His repertoire, per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Splitter (86mph), Slider (84mph) and Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (77mph).

His sinker results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo. His splitter is slightly firmer than usual. His slider is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders, is basically never swung at and missed compared to other pitchers’ sliders, has less than expected depth and has primarily 12-6 movement. His change has surprising cut action, dives down out of the zone and is slightly firmer than usual. His curve results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ curves, has little depth and has primarily 12-6 movement.

Splits

. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .350 .252 .341 .477 13.5% 10.3% 6 126
RHB .303 .297 .342 .338 13.6% 4.5% 0 155
TTO as SP - - - - - - - -
1ST .351 .244 .311 .512 13.3% 4.4% 3 45
2ND .298 .214 .353 .286 17.7% 17.7% 0 34
3RD .364 .250 .250 .625 25.0% 15.5% 1 8

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

RED SOX RAYS
Mookie Betts - DH Joey Wendle - 2B
Andrew Benintendi - LF Matt Duffy - 3B
Steve Pearce - 1B Jake Bauers - 1B
J.D. Martinez - RF Ji-Man Choi - DH
Xander Bogaerts - SS Willy Adames - SS
Ian Kinsler - 2B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Eduardo Nunez - 3B Carlos Gomez - RF
Blake Swihart - C Brandon Lowe - LF
Jackie Bradley - CF Michael Perez - C