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Game 115 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Baltimore Orioles

The Rays hope to comeback following last night’s disappointing loss

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Hunter Wood 22.1 29.3% 11.1% 3.78 .239 0.2 13/5
David Hess 53.1 14.1% 8.7% 6.45 .281 -0.4 21/21

David Hess Scouting Report

Hess started out his major league career with a very nice string of outings. At one point, he allowed just two runs over three starts. However, he has hit a buzzsaw since then, with opponents catching onto his ways. He has a 10.50 ERA over his 7 outings (5 starts), even losing his spot in the rotation. Following the deadline, he was given the opportunity to start again, and struggled. On the 3rd against the Rangers in Texas, he allowed seven runs on six hits, while he walked one and struck out four over 3 13 innings pitched.

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (80mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (72mph).

His fourseam fastball has much less armside movement than typical, has essentially average velo, results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers and has some added backspin. His slider comes in below hitting speed and has short glove-side cut. His change has surprising cut action. His curve comes in below hitting speed, results in more flyballs 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 .376 .287 .353 .533 16.0% 9.2% 7 119
RHB .369 .275 .358 .519 12.2% 8.1% 6 123
TTO - - - - - - - -
1ST .372 .277 .333 .542 16.7% 7.8% 6 90
2ND .376 .282 .378 .500 13.3% 10.0% 4 90
3RD .386 .318 .362 .558 6.4% 15.5% 2 47

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

ORIOLES RAYS
Jace Peterson - RF Mallex Smith - RF
Tim Beckham - SS Matt Duffy - 3B
Jonathan Villar - 2B Jake Bauers - LF
Mark Trumbo - DH C.J. Cron - 1B
Trey Mancini - LF Ji-Man Choi - DH
Renato Nunez - 3B Kevin Kiermaier - CF
Chris Davis - 1B Willy Adames - SS
Joey Rickard - CF Brandon Lowe - 2B
Austin Wynns - C Jesus Sucre - C