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Game 143 Preview: Tampa Bay Rays vs Cleveland Indians

The Rays hope to keep their playoff chances alive against a former Cy Young

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Starting Pitchers

Matchup

Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Pitcher IP K% BB% FIP AVG fWAR G/GS
Corey Kluber 193.1 25.5% 3.8% 3.14 .216 4.9 29/29
Diego Castillo 45 26.7% 9.4% 3.45 .239 0.7 25/25

Corey Kluber Scouting Report

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The Rays may face their toughest match for the rest of the season tonight as they’ll take on the ace of Cleveland’s staff, Corey Kluber. The Rays just faced Kluber on the final day of August, when he shut them down for seven innings, just managing to finagle two hits off the former Cy Young.

Kluber’s last time out was more of the same, he surrendered a run on two hits, walking one and striking out ten Royals over 6 13 innings pitched.

His repertoire per Brooks Baseball

In 2018, he has relied primarily on his Sinker using a Two-seam Fastball grip (93mph), Cutter (89mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change (86mph).

His sinker generates fewer whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sinkers and has some natural sinking action. His cutter has some natural sink and has strong cutting action. His slider sweeps across the zone and results in somewhat more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His fourseam fastball has essentially average velo and has slightly less natural movement than typical. His change generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is slightly firmer than usual, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups and has some natural sink to it.

Splits

. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
. wOBA AVG OBP SLG K% BB% HR TBF
LHB .270 .214 .251 .378 28.1% 4.7% 13 363
RHB .252 .219 .246 .337 23.0% 2.9% 9 383
TTO as SP - - - - - - - -
1ST .269 .218 .245 .382 29.1% 3.1% 10 261
2ND .278 .236 .277 .364 22.0% 4.7% 6 255
3RD .233 .194 .217 .323 27.1% 2.9% 6 207

Starting Lineups

Today's Lineups

INDIANS RAYS
Francisco Lindor - SS Mallex Smith - CF
Michael Brantley - LF Tommy Pham - LF
Jose Ramirez - 3B Ji-Man Choi - DH
Edwin Encarnacion - DH C.J. Cron - 1B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Joey Wendle - 3B
Melky Cabrera - RF Willy Adames - SS
Jason Kipnis - 2B Brandon Lowe - 2B
Yan Gomes - C Jake Bauers - RF
Greg Allen - CF Nick Ciuffo - C