Saturday, July 18, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Erasmo Ramirez (8-3) vs. R.A. Dickey (3-10)
The Toronto Blue Jays welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Rogers Centre on Saturday. The probable starters are Erasmo Ramirez for the Rays and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +126 and Toronto at -136. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Rays have a 39-46 over/under record and a 51-40 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Blue Jays are 45-46 against the run line and have a 43-41 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Rays head into this matchup with a 46-45 record, including 23-20 on the road. Starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez holds a 8-3 record with an earned run average of 3.63 and a WHIP of 1.11. The Rays are 10-3 over his 79.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 62 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Rays are 4-7 in his starts. He is getting 4.3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.95 and they've given up 276 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen while being struck out 284 times and walking 122 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.28 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .240, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .241 average away from home. Ranked at 24th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rays sit at .305 and they hold a .377 team slugging percentage. They rank 28th in baseball with 7.95 hits per game and Evan Longoria leads the team with 88.
With a 26-18 home record, Toronto will hope to improve on their 45-46 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.87, R.A. Dickey will come into this game holding a 3-10 record and a 1.36 WHIP. The Blue Jays have a record of 7-11 over the 114.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 112 hits. Against the over/under, the Blue Jays are 8-7 when he starts. He is getting 3.8 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.62 and they have given up 235 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .230 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 268 times and walking 81 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.88 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.08 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.18.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .281 average at home. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .331 and they hold a .441 team slugging percentage. They rank 6th in baseball with 8.95 hits per game and Josh Donaldson leads the team with 104.
The Rays have committed 45 errors and have combined for 809 assists and 2,449 put outs leading to a .986 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 54 errors, accumulating 910 assists and compiling 2,409 put outs.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 39-46 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 51-40 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-41 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 45-46 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
07/12/15 SS Asdrubal Cabrera Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/12)
07/07/15 RF Steven Souza Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/6)
05/31/15 2B Tim Beckham Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/31)
05/10/15 P Drew Smyly Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/6), out for season
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
05/03/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/26)
04/29/15 P Kirby Yates Pectoral Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/29)
04/18/15 P Jeff Beliveau Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/22), out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
07/15/15 RF Jose Bautista Shoulder probable Friday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
07/13/15 3B Josh Donaldson Flu missed last game, probable Friday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
06/14/15 P Aaron Sanchez Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/6)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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