Monday, October 12, 2015
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: R.A. Dickey (11-11) vs. Derek Holland (4-3)
The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Texas Rangers on Monday at Globe Life Park in Game 4 of the ALDS. The Blue Jays send R.A. Dickey to the mound to face Derek Holland of the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at -135 and Texas at +125. The over/under was set at 6.5. The Blue Jays have a 79-73 over/under record and a 90-74 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Rangers are 98-66 against the run line and have a 73-80 over/under record. They cover the spread 60% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 93-71 record, including 40-41 on the road. R.A. Dickey has a 11-11 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.91 and a 1.19 WHIP. He's pitched 214.1 innings thus far while surrendering 195 hits over that time and when he starts, the Blue Jays are 13-13. The Blue Jays are also 13-13 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.50 and they've given up 412 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .229 against the Blue Jays bullpen while walking 130 times and striking out 459 times. Toronto is averaging 6.97 strikeouts per game while getting 8.42 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 12th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.81.
As a team, Toronto is batting .267, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .260 average away from home. Ranked at 1st in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .338 and they hold a .455 team slugging percentage. Josh Donaldson leads the team in hits with 185 while the team ranks 7th in baseball with 9.11 hits per game.
With a 43-38 home record, Texas will hope to improve on their 90-74 overall mark. Derek Holland has a record of 4-3 while sporting an earned run average of 4.91 on the year with a 1.30 WHIP. He's pitched 58.2 innings thus far while surrendering 59 hits over that time in which the Rangers are 5-5. The Rangers are also 4-5 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 4.12 and they have given up 475 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .245 against the Rangers bullpen while walking 201 times and striking out 457 times. Texas is averaging 6.84 strikeouts per game while getting 9.05 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .274 average at home. Ranked at 7th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rangers sit at .324 and they hold a .412 team slugging percentage. Prince Fielder leads the team in hits with 188 while the team ranks 10th in baseball with 8.75 hits a game.
The Blue Jays have committed 88 errors and have combined for 1,592 assists and 4,323 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. The Rangers have committed 119 errors on the season with 1,695 assists and 4,328 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .981 on the year.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 79-73 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 90-74 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 73-80 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 98-66 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
10/09/15 P Brett Cecil Calf injured last game, 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)
10/09/15 3B Adrian Beltre Back "?" Sunday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
09/02/15 P Alex Claudio Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/13/15 1B Kyle Blanks Achilles Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/17)
08/02/15 P Tanner Scheppers Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
05/29/15 P Nick Tepesch Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7)
04/06/15 P Lisalverto Bonilla Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/31)
04/06/15 P Yu Darvish Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6), out for season
04/04/15 RF Antoan Richardson Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/2)
04/04/15 2B Jurickson Profar Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/24), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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