Friday, September 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Rick Porcello (8-12) vs. Marcus Stroman (1-0)
The Boston Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday at Rogers Centre. The Red Sox send Rick Porcello to the mound to face Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Boston at +183 and Toronto at -194. The over/under was set at 9. The Red Sox, with a 70-75 run line record, cover the spread 48% of the time. They also have a 78-61 over/under record. The Blue Jays are 82-63 against the run line and have a 70-67 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The Red Sox head into this matchup with a 69-76 record, including 30-41 on the road. Rick Porcello has a 8-12 record on the season, an earned run average of 5.06 and a 1.35 WHIP. In his starts, the Red Sox are 12-12 over his 144 innings pitched this season while giving up 161 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 11-12. His teammates are averaging 3.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.35 and they have given up 471 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .261 against the bullpen while being struck out 399 times and walking 164 times this season. As a team, Boston has allowed 9.27 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.56 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.43.
Boston ranks 4th in the league in team batting average at .267 while hitting .240 on the road. The Red Sox hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.34 hits per game and Xander Bogaerts leads the team with 175.
With a 47-25 home record, Toronto will hope to improve on their 83-62 overall mark. Marcus Stroman has a record of 1-0 while sporting an earned run average of 5.40 on the year with a 1.20 WHIP. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 1-0 and he has allowed 4 hits over 5 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 1-0. His teammates score an average of 10 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.30 and they have given up 361 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 409 times and walking 114 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.52 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.99 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84.
They rank 5th in the league in team batting average with a .267 average while hitting .279 at home. The Blue Jays hold a .452 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .337 which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.06 hits per game and Josh Donaldson leads the team with 170.
Boston has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 87 errors with 1,456 assists and 3,895 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .986 team fielding percentage while committing 77 errors, accumulating 1,440 assists and compiling 3,871 put outs.
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
The Boston Red Sox are 78-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Boston Red Sox are 70-75 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 70-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 82-63 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Boston Red Sox
09/16/15 P Joe Kelly Shoulder out for season
09/05/15 LF Hanley Ramirez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/27)
08/28/15 P Clay Buchholz Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/11); out for season
08/15/15 P Steven Wright Concussion Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/15)
08/11/15 P Koji Uehara Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/8), out for season
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)
05/13/15 P Justin Masterson Arm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/13)
04/04/15 C Christian Vazquez Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/30), out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
09/12/15 SS Troy Tulowitzki Back out indefinitely
07/29/15 2B Devon Travis Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/29)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/10)
04/06/15 2B Maicer Izturis Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Red Sox
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