October 1, 2022
Rays at Twins Series Preview: Shane Baz is back

The Tampa Bay Rays capped off a series sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with dominant pitching and timely hitting. The Rays continue their strong first third of the season at a 97 win pace.

The New York Yankees continue their scorching hot start to the season and hold a 7.0 game lead on the Rays, 7.5 game lead on the Toronto Blue Jays, 11.5 game lead on the Boston Red Sox, and 17.5 game lead on the Baltimore Orioles.

Devin Smeltzer has gotten off to a great start with a 1.93 ERA, but the 3.79 FIP and 4.65 xFIP suggests he’s been more solid than great. His 12.5% strikeout rate is extremely low, but his 5.8% walk rate is very good. Smeltzer possesses the stuff of your stereotypical crafty lefty. He throws a 89.9 mph four-seam fastball, 82.3 mph changeup, and 75.8 mph curveball as his three primary pitches. He will occasionally throw a 85.6 mph slider.

Shane Baz is scheduled to make his season debut for the Rays after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow towards the end of Spring Training. The Minnesota Twins have not announced who will make the start opposite Baz.

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