Friday, September 25, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi (8-8) vs. R.A. Dickey (10-11)
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Rogers Centre on Friday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Jake Odorizzi is the probable starter for the Rays and he'll face R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +153 and Toronto at -163. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Rays, with a 83-69 run line record, cover the spread 55% of the time. They also have a 69-73 over/under record. The Blue Jays have a 72-72 over/under record and a 86-66 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 57% of the time.
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The Rays come into this game with a 74-78 record, and they are 38-39 away from home. Jake Odorizzi has a 8-8 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.38 and a 1.14 WHIP. In his starts, the Rays are 13-13 over his 157.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 138 hits during those innings. The Rays are also 10-16 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.6 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.86 and they've given up 447 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 479 and walked 184 batters this season while opposing teams hit .233 against them. Tampa Bay has a team average of 8.05 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.49 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.70, they are 8th in the league.
Tampa Bay is batting .251 as a team, which is good for 16th in the league and hitting .257 away from home. Ranked at 16th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rays sit at .315 and they hold a .403 team slugging percentage. With 152 hits, Evan Longoria leads the team while his team ranks 19th in hits per game with 8.53.
With a 87-65 overall record, Toronto will come into this game 50-28 at home. R.A. Dickey has a record of 10-11 while sporting an earned run average of 4.05 on the year with a 1.24 WHIP. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 17-14 and he has allowed 189 hits over 202.1 innings pitched this season. The Blue Jays are also 13-15 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.38 and they have given up 382 hits on the season. The Blue Jays bullpen has struck out 430 batters and walked 119 this season while opposing teams have hit .228 against them. Toronto has a team average of 8.5 hits per game and are averaging 6.97 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.77, they are 11th in the league.
They are batting .266 as a team, which is good for 5th in the league and hitting .276 at home. Ranked at 1st in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .337 and they hold a .451 team slugging percentage. With 177 hits, Josh Donaldson leads the team while his team ranks 8th in hits per game with 9.03.
The Rays have committed 92 errors and have combined for 1,309 assists and 4,097 put outs leading to a .983 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Blue Jays have accumulated 82 errors while having 1,507 assists and 4,063 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 69-73 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 83-69 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 72-72 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 86-66 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/23/15 P Nathan Karns Arm out for season
09/18/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26); out for season
08/26/15 C Curt Casali Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/25)
08/21/15 P Jake McGee Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
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
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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