Rays at Rangers Predictions and Preview for 6/6/2021

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The Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers on 6/6/2021 at 2:35PM.


The Rays and the Rangers face off in an regular season game. The Rays have a record of 37-23 this season. The Rangers are 23-37 this season.

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Tampa Bay Rays

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Michael Wacha is 1-1 this season with an ERA of 4.63 in 35.0 innings pitched across 5 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.17 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.248. Michael Wacha's pitching repertoire includes:
  • A Fastball that is on average 93.5 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 89.0 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 75.5 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 87.2 mph.
Here is a breakdown of the type of contacted balls Michael Wacha has attracted this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 33.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 37.5%
  • Line Drive Rate: 28.8%
He has attracted the following types of contact velocities:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 13.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 45.2%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 41.3%

Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows has hit 14 Home Runs, drove in 46 runs, and sports a .244 batting average this season. He also has scored 35 runs this season and stolen 2 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. Austin Meadows would be considered a power hitter this season, although he is not one of the top pure power hitters.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 12.9% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 24.1%, it is not ideal, but... still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Austin Meadows put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 26.2%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 55.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 18.1%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.8%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.7%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 35.6%

Joey Wendle

Joey Wendle has hit 6 Home Runs, drove in 27 runs, and sports a .287 batting average this season. He also has scored 35 runs this season and stolen 4 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is below average with his 5.7% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 20.6% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Joey Wendle put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 47.5%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 32.4%
  • Line Drive Rate: 20.1%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 16.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.0%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.5%

Randy Arozarena

Randy Arozarena has hit 7 Home Runs, drove in 27 runs, and sports a .253 batting average this season. He also has scored 37 runs this season and stolen 9 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is an above average hitter when came to his ability to draw walks with a 9.7% walk rate. Striking out a bit more than your average hitter with a K Rate of 28.3%, it is not ideal, but... still a weakness. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Randy Arozarena put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 53.7%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 32.7%
  • Line Drive Rate: 13.6%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 12.2%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 54.1%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 33.8%

Francisco Mejia

Francisco Mejia has hit 3 Home Runs, drove in 13 runs, and sports a .260 batting average this season. He also has scored 9 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He hits with above-average power and it must be respected.
He is below average with his 4.7% walk rate, drawing walks may not necessarily be that important or the opportunity may not arise as much. He has a K Rate of 16.8% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Francisco Mejia put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 47.4%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 37.2%
  • Line Drive Rate: 15.4%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 22.5%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 51.3%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 26.3%

Yandy Diaz

Yandy Diaz has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 18 runs, and sports a .253 batting average this season. He also has scored 21 runs this season and stolen 0 bases.
He has an OPS that is above-average. He is not considered a power hitter this season, but this could change.
His ability to draw walks is quite good. He is a selective hitter sporting a 17.0% walk rate. He has a K Rate of 13.5% this season, which is a bit lower than your average MLB hitter. This season, he has been an above-average player at getting on base.
Breaking down the types of contacted balls Yandy Diaz put into play this season:
  • Ground Ball Rate: 58.8%
  • Fly Ball Rate: 26.1%
  • Line Drive Rate: 15.0%
Now here is a breakdown of the velocity of the balls he put into play:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 15.0%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 55.6%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 29.4%

Starting Pitcher and Lineup for the Texas Rangers

Dane Dunning is 2-4 this season with an ERA of 4.67 in 52.0 innings pitched across 11 starts. He has a WHIP of 1.42 and yields an opponent Batting Average of 0.274. Dane Dunning's pitching repertoire includes:
  • A Fastball that is on average 90.5 mph.
  • A Slider that is on average 80.1 mph.
  • A Cutter that is on average 85.9 mph.
  • A Curveball that is on average 78.8 mph.
  • A Changeup that is on average 84.4 mph.
Dane Dunning has shown a penchant for forcing hitters to hit ground balls. In fact, 56.6% of balls in play were on the ground. Does this mean he is attracting soft contact though? This ground ball pitcher has attracted the following types of contact velocities:
  • Soft Hit Ball Rate: 18.3%
  • Medium Hit Ball Rate: 43.8%
  • Hard Hit Ball Rate: 37.9%

Dane Dunning

Dane Dunning has hit 0 Home Runs, drove in 0 runs, and sports a .500 batting average this season. He also has scored 0 runs

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