Friday, October 2, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Mark Buehrle (14-7) vs. Erasmo Ramirez (11-6)
The Tampa Bay Rays welcome the Toronto Blue Jays to Tropicana Field on Friday. Mark Buehrle is the probable starter for the Blue Jays and he'll face Erasmo Ramirez of the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +216 and Tampa Bay at -235. The over/under was set at 8. The Blue Jays have a 75-73 over/under record and a 89-69 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Rays are 87-71 against the run line and have a 71-75 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 92-66 record, including 39-38 on the road. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle holds a 14-7 record with an earned run average of 3.76 and a WHIP of 1.22. He's pitched 191.1 innings thus far while surrendering 203 hits over that time and when he starts, the Blue Jays are 17-13. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 16-11. His teammates are averaging 6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.47 and they have given up 398 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 444 and walked 121 batters this season while opposing teams hit .230 against them. Toronto has a team average of 8.45 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.96 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.79, they are 11th in the league.
Toronto ranks 4th in the league in team batting average at .268 while hitting .258 on the road. The Blue Jays hold a .456 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .339 which is good for 1st in baseball. With 182 hits, Josh Donaldson leads the team while his team ranks 7th in hits per game with 9.09.
With a 38-39 home record, Tampa Bay will hope to improve on their 77-81 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.65, Erasmo Ramirez will come into this game holding a 11-6 record and a 1.10 WHIP. He's pitched 158 innings thus far while surrendering 135 hits over that time in which the Rays are 15-11. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 10-14. His teammates score an average of 4.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.88 and they have given up 469 base hits on the year. The Rays bullpen has struck out 494 batters and walked 192 this season while opposing teams have hit .235 against them. Tampa Bay has a team average of 8.1 hits per game and are averaging 8.43 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.75, they are 9th in the league.
They rank 16th in the league in team batting average with a .251 average while hitting .246 at home. The Rays hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 18th in baseball. With 159 hits, Evan Longoria leads the team while his team ranks 20th in hits per game with 8.5.
Toronto has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 86 errors with 1,559 assists and 4,222 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Rays have accumulated 93 errors while having 1,369 assists and 4,252 put outs leading to a .984 fielding percentage.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 75-73 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 89-69 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 71-75 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 87-71 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
Tampa Bay Rays
09/30/15 2B Logan Forsythe Foot "?" Thursday vs. Miami Marlins
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
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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