Wednesday, October 19, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ryan Merritt vs. Marco Estrada
The Cleveland Indians will head to Rogers Centre on Wednesday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 5 if necessary. The probable pitchers are Ryan Merritt for the Indians and Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays. The Indians have a 80-70-11 over/under mark and a 75-86-0 run line record, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Blue Jays are 79-83-0 against the run line and have a 63-93-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Indians head into this game with a 94-67 record, and they are 41-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Ryan Merritt has a 1-0 record with an ERA of 1.64 and a WHIP of 0.55. He has 6 strikeouts during his 11 innings pitched and he has given up 6 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 4.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.06. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.45 and they have allowed 443 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the pen while they've been struck out 514 times and walked 190 times this year. As a unit, Cleveland has given up 8.28 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.71 hitters per nine. They are 7th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.84. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 1,330 base hits and 617 earned runs. They have allowed 186 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 461 batters and struck out 1,398. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.91.
As a team, Cleveland is hitting .262, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .236 average on the road. The Indians have a .430 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .329 which is good for 8th in the league. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .275 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 168 hits this season along with 91 runs scored and 82 runs batted in. He's struck out 146 times and has walked 60 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 182 hits so far while scoring 99 runs and he's driven in 78. He has walked 57 times and has struck out 88 times. The Indians have 1,435 hits, including 308 doubles and 185 home runs. They've stolen 134 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 31 times. Cleveland has walked 531 times this season and they've struck out 1,246 times as a unit. They've left 1,084 men on base and have a team OPS of .759. They score 4.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 777 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 46-35 home mark and a 89-73 overall record. With an ERA of 3.48, Marco Estrada has a 9-9 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 165 strikeouts over the 176 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 132 hits. He has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.15. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have given up 452 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 472 times and walking 136 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,340 base knocks and 613 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 183 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 461 hitters and struck out 1,314. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.05.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.38 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .284 and he has an OBP of .404. He has 164 hits this year along with 122 runs scored and 99 RBI. He's struck out 119 times and has walked on 109 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .263 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 158 hits so far while he's scored 99 runs and drove in 127. He has earned a walk 87 times and has punched out 138 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,358 base hits, including 276 doubles and 221 homers. They have 54 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 24 times. Toronto as a team has walked 632 times this year and they have struck out 1,362 times. They've had 1,120 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.69 runs per game and have totaled 759 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 80-70-11 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 75-86-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 63-93-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 79-83-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
10/17/16 P Trevor Bauer Finger left last game, "?" for next scheduled start
10/01/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hand 60-day DL (9/17), out for season
09/13/16 P Danny Salazar Forearm out for season
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10); out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
10/15/16 2B Devon Travis Knee out for season
09/27/16 P Joaquin Benoit Calf out indefinitely
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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