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Rays: off; advanced metrics suggest promise for hitters

Today: off

Next game: 7:10 Friday, vs. Blue Jays. Probable pitchers — Rays: LH Drew Smyly (1-2, 2.51); Jays: RH Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 3.33)

Quote of the day

"It's fun. It's pretty easy, too, just put it in the vicinity and it's going to go a long way."

Kevin Cash, Rays manager, on throwing BP to slugging Corey Dickerson

Numbers of the day

16 Games Rays have lost when allowing three hits or fewer; last before Wednesday on June 21 at Cleveland.

15/15 Successful stolen bases and attempts against the Rays this season.

83.3 Percent of Rays runs over previous five games (15 of 18) scored with two outs; an MLB-most 60 percent (42 of 70) overall.

Stat corner

There are some interesting advanced stats about the Rays hitters, including leading the AL with a hard-hit ball percentage of 34.3, second highest in the majors behind the Mets (35.9). Also, that the Rays are hitting just .276 on balls in play, which is 21 points below the major-league average of .297. Here is a breakdown, going into play Wednesday:

Category Rays MLB avg.

Hard-hit 34.0 ball pct. (second in MLB) 30.1

Overall swing pct. 49.6 (first) 46.4

Swing pct. In K-zone 70.7 (first) 66.1

Swing pct. Out K-zone 30.9 (third) 27.9

Pct of swings w/contact 71.3 (30th) 77.9

On deck

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 6.10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (1-4, 5.47); Jays — LH J.A. Happ (3-0, 2.42)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.58); Jays — RH Marcus Stroman (3-0, 4.37)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Dodgers, 7:10. Rays — TBA; Dodgers — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Dodgers, 7:10. Rays — TBA; Dodgers — TBA

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

• RHP Brad Boxberger, core muscle surgery, eligible April 17, targeting mid May

• RHP Alex Cobb, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible April 17, targeting late July

• RHP Chase Whitley, Tommy John surgery, 60-day, eligible April 18, targeting late July

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays: off; advanced metrics suggest promise for hitters 04/27/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 11:04pm]
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