Saturday, September 26, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer (12-12) vs. David Price (17-5)
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Rogers Centre on Saturday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Chris Archer is the probable starter for the Rays and he'll face David Price of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +160 and Toronto at -170. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Rays, with a 84-69 run line record, cover the spread 55% of the time. They also have a 69-74 over/under record. The Blue Jays are 86-66 against the run line and have a 72-72 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The Rays show up with a 75-78 record, including 39-39 on the road. Chris Archer has a 12-12 record on the season, an earned run average of 2.92 and a 1.08 WHIP. In his starts, the Rays are 17-15 over his 203.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 160 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Rays are 16-13 in his starts. He is getting 4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 448 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.84. Opposing teams are hitting .233 against the Rays bullpen while walking 185 times and striking out 480 times. Tampa Bay is averaging 8.48 strikeouts per game while getting 8.03 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 8th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.69.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .252, good for 15th in the league while putting together a .258 average away from home. The Rays on-base percentage sits at .315, which puts them at 16th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .404. Evan Longoria leads the team in hits with 155 while the team ranks 19th in baseball with 8.54 hits per game.
Toronto is 50-28 at home while holding a 87-65 overall record on the season. David Price has a record of 17-5 while sporting an earned run average of 2.34 on the year with a 1.07 WHIP. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 23-8 and he has allowed 184 hits over 215.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Blue Jays are 15-16 when he starts. He is getting 5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 382 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.38. Opposing teams are hitting .228 against the Blue Jays bullpen while walking 119 times and striking out 430 times. Toronto is averaging 6.97 strikeouts per game while getting 8.5 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .276 average at home. The Blue Jays on-base percentage sits at .337, which puts them at 1st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .451. Josh Donaldson leads the team in hits with 177 while the team ranks 8th in baseball with 9.03 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Rays have a fielding percentage of .983 with 92 total errors, 1,324 assists and 4,124 put outs. The Blue Jays have committed 82 errors on the season with 1,507 assists and 4,063 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 69-74 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 84-69 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)
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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