Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka (8-5) vs. Marco Estrada (10-6)
The Toronto Blue Jays host the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre on Saturday. The Yankees send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound to face Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has New York at +108 and Toronto at -118. The over/under was set at 8. The Yankees, with a 59-54 run line record, cover the spread 52% of the time. They also have a 56-53 over/under record. The Blue Jays are 64-52 against the run line and have a 53-55 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Yankees head into this matchup with a 62-51 record, including 30-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka holds a 8-5 record with an earned run average of 3.79 and a WHIP of 1.02. In his starts, the Yankees are 11-5 over his 99.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 83 hits during those innings. The Yankees are also 7-9 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.23 and they've given up 288 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen while being struck out 408 times and walking 139 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.66 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.32 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91.
New York ranks 13th in the league in team batting average at .254 while hitting .245 on the road. Ranked at 7th in the league in on-base percentage, the Yankees sit at .324 and they hold a .429 team slugging percentage. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.78 hits per game and Brett Gardner leads the team with 114.
With a 39-21 home record, Toronto will hope to improve on their 64-52 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.21, Marco Estrada will come into this game holding a 10-6 record and a 1.10 WHIP. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 10-8 and he has allowed 93 hits over 117.2 innings pitched this season. The Blue Jays are also 8-10 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 4.6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.18 and they have given up 272 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .216 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 335 times and walking 92 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78.
They rank 6th in the league in team batting average with a .262 average while hitting .277 at home. Ranked at 1st in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .330 and they hold a .444 team slugging percentage. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.84 hits per game and Josh Donaldson leads the team with 132.
The Yankees have committed 72 errors and have combined for 1,112 assists and 3,059 put outs leading to a .983 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .985 team fielding percentage while committing 66 errors, accumulating 1148 assists and compiling 3,093 put outs.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 56-53 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 59-54 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 53-55 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 64-52 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
08/04/15 2B Dustin Ackley Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/4)
08/03/15 P Diego Moreno Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/2)
07/30/15 P Michael Pineda Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/30)
06/21/15 RF Mason Williams Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/20)
05/15/15 P Chase Whitley Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/15)
Toronto Blue Jays
08/13/15 1B Edwin Encarnacion Finger "?" Friday vs. New York Yankees
07/29/15 2B Devon Travis Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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