Thursday, July 9, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: R.A. Dickey (3-9) vs. Jeff Samardzija (5-4)
The Chicago White Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field on Thursday. The probable starters are R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays and Jeff Samardzija for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +107 and Chicago at -117. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Blue Jays, with a 43-43 run line record, cover the spread 50% of the time. They also have a 41-39 over/under record. The White Sox have a 32-46 over/under record and a 34-47 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 42% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 44-42 record, including 18-24 on the road. Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey holds a 3-9 record with an earned run average of 5.02 and a WHIP of 1.39. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 7-10 over his 107.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 108 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Blue Jays are 8-6 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 218 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the bullpen while being struck out 257 times and walking 80 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.76 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.14 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.16.
Toronto ranks 5th in the league in team batting average at .265 while hitting .250 on the road. The Blue Jays hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 8.97 hits per game and Josh Donaldson leads the team with 102.
With a 21-17 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 37-44 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.33, Jeff Samardzija will come into this game holding a 5-4 record and a 1.27 WHIP. In his starts, the White Sox are 8-9 and he has allowed 126 hits over 116.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the White Sox are 9-7 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 3.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.92 and they have given up 228 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 199 times and walking 80 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 9.24 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.45 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.03.
They rank 25th in the league in team batting average with a .241 average while hitting .234 at home. The White Sox hold a .356 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .295 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 8.15 hits per game and Jose Abreu leads the team with 89.
Toronto has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 50 errors with 858 assists and 2,280 put outs for the season. For the home team, they hold a .981 team fielding percentage while committing 58 errors, accumulating 803 assists and compiling 2,160 put outs.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 41-39 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-43 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 32-46 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 34-47 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
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)
Chicago White Sox
04/25/15 P Matt Albers Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/20)
04/04/15 P Nate Jones Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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