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Tyson Ross (R) vs Miami Marlins

Splits (2017-2018)

wOBA Allowed




Hard% Allowed



Vs. RHB.30221.8%11.9%40.9%35.8%.138
Opposing Team Splits Vs. Pitcher Handedness







Implied Run Total


Tyson Ross is in a good spot tonight against Miami, who are a bottom three team against right-handed pitching this season. Ross has a little bit of weakness against left-handers, and the hard-contact is up as it usually is for slider heavy pitchers. He is throwing that slider 47% of the time this season, and hitters have just a .265 wOBA and .168 ISO off of it. He is getting people to swing and miss with a 35% whiff rate. His fastball is a bit lucky right now, but hitters have just a .286 wOBA and .053 ISO. Ross has allowed a .343 wOBA to lefties with a 38% hard-contact rate, but they only have a .132 ISO. Right-handers are much worse with a .206 wOBA and .091 ISO. You can run into walk issues with Ross because of the slider usage, but the Marlins have one of the lowest walk rates in the majors. Their numbers against sliders are abysmal. and despite some low strikeout rate bats, there is strikeouts for Ross here. The projected lineup all have over 30% whiff rates against the slider, and Bour is the only one with over a .200 ISO off the pitch. Bour seems to be the only bat we ever highlight for Miami, which says a lot about their club. Even against Ross' fastball range, the power numbers are not that appealing outside of Bour. Ross is on a stretch of working six innings or more in five straight starts. He has thrown six or more innings in nine of ten starts this season. Eight of those nine have been quality starts. That stretch should continue here tonight.

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