Monday, June 29, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Clay Buchholz (5-6) vs. R.A. Dickey (3-7)
The Toronto Blue Jays host the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre on Monday. Clay Buchholz is the probable starter for the Red Sox and he'll face R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Boston at +120 and Toronto at -130. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Red Sox, with a 31-45 run line record, cover the spread 41% of the time. They also have a 35-38 over/under record. The Blue Jays are 41-35 against the run line and have a 36-34 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Red Sox show up with a 33-43 record, including 16-23 on the road. Clay Buchholz has an earned run average of 3.68 and is 5-6 so far on the season while having a 1.29 WHIP. He's pitched 93 innings thus far while surrendering 97 hits over that time and when he starts, the Red Sox are 6-9. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 4-8. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 235 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.77. Opposing teams are hitting .254 against the Red Sox bullpen while walking 86 times and striking out 201 times. Boston is averaging 7.34 strikeouts per game while getting 9.21 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 28th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.45.
As a team, Boston is batting .255, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .235 average away from home. The Red Sox on-base percentage sits at .321, which puts them at 11th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .393. Dustin Pedroia leads the team in hits with 86 while the team ranks 13th in baseball with 8.74 hits per game.
Toronto is 24-15 at home while holding a 40-36 overall record on the season. R.A. Dickey is starting this game 3-7 for the season with an earned run average of 4.88 and a WHIP of 1.33. He's pitched 96 innings thus far while surrendering 91 hits over that time in which the Blue Jays are 7-8. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 7-5. He is getting 4.3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 181 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.59. Opposing teams are hitting .219 against the Blue Jays bullpen while walking 73 times and striking out 230 times. Toronto is averaging 7.23 strikeouts per game while getting 8.55 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .282 average at Safeco Field. The Blue Jays on-base percentage sits at .334, which puts them at 2nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .447. Josh Donaldson leads the team in hits with 89 while the team ranks 6th in baseball with 9.04 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Red Sox have a fielding percentage of .985 with 44 total errors, 793 assists and 2,031 put outs. The Blue Jays have committed 39 errors on the season with 755 assists and 2,019 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 35-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 31-45 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 36-34 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 41-35 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
06/28/15 LF Hanley Ramirez Hand doubtful Sunday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
06/25/15 2B Dustin Pedroia Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/25)
05/29/15 P Brandon Workman Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/3)
05/28/15 P Anthony Varvaro Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/29)
05/28/15 RF Daniel Nava Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/26)
05/24/15 RF Shane Victorino Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/23)
05/13/15 P Justin Masterson Arm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/13)
05/02/15 C Ryan Hanigan Wrist Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/1)
04/04/15 C Christian Vazquez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/30), out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
06/14/15 P Aaron Sanchez Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/6)
05/30/15 2B Steve Tolleson Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/27)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/10)
04/06/15 2B Maicer Izturis Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Marcus Stroman Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox
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