Sunday, July 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. J.A. Happ
The Cleveland Indians visit Rogers Centre on Sunday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Corey Kluber for the Indians and J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -123 and Toronto at +113. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Indians have a 39-34-6 over/under record and a 44-35-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Blue Jays are 41-41-0 against the run line and have a 32-46-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Indians head into this matchup with a 49-30 record, including 26-18 on the road. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 8-7 record with an earned run average of 3.50 and a WHIP of 0.98. He has 110 strikeouts over his 110.2 innings pitched and he has given up 85 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.79. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.05 and they have given up 185 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen while being struck out 219 times and walking 88 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.47 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.34. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 617 base hits and 267 earned runs. They have allowed 86 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 219 batters and struck out 678. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.16 and their FIP as a unit is 3.80.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .259, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .235 average away from home. The Indians hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.99 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .268 and his on-base percentage is at .328. He has 82 hits this season along with 39 runs scored and 46 runs batted in. He's struck out 69 times and has walked 27 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .305 and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 94 hits so far while scoring 52 runs and he's driven in 39. He has walked 28 times and has struck out 45 times. The Indians have 710 hits, including 134 doubles and 100 home runs. They've stolen 63 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 14 times. Cleveland has walked 249 times this season and they've struck out 624 times as a unit. They've left 519 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 4.85 runs per contest and have scored a total of 383 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 19-19 home record and a 43-39 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.70, J.A. Happ has a 10-3 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 69 strikeouts over the 99.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 92 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.49. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have given up 229 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 221 times and walking 67 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.63 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.90. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 699 base knocks and 322 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 95 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 241 hitters and struck out 630. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.20.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .255 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.35 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .286 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 87 hits this year along with 66 runs scored and 53 RBI. He's struck out 63 times and has walked on 53 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .260 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 78 hits so far while he's scored 51 runs and drove in 70. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 68 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 684 base hits, including 142 doubles and 117 homers. They have 28 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 11 times. Toronto as a team has walked 309 times this year and they have struck out 682 times. They've had 557 men left on base and have an OPS of .756. They score 4.68 runs per game and have totaled 384 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 39-34-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 44-35-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 32-46-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 41-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
Toronto Blue Jays
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
06/17/16 RF Jose Bautista Toe 15-day DL (6/17)
04/22/16 1B Chris Colabello Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Arm 60-day DL (4/7)
04/04/16 P Bo Schultz Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians
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