Saturday, August 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Aaron Sanchez
The Houston Astros head to Rogers Centre on Saturday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable pitchers are Collin McHugh for the Astros and Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this game has Houston at +165 and Toronto at -175. The over/under is 9. The Astros have a 49-59-7 over/under mark and a 51-64-0 run line record, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Blue Jays are 59-56-0 against the run line and have a 45-65-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Astros head into this game with a 60-55 record, and they are 26-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Collin McHugh has a 7-9 record with an ERA of 4.69 and a WHIP of 1.48. He has 127 strikeouts during his 128.2 innings pitched and he has given up 155 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.79. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.20 and they have allowed 333 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the pen while they've been struck out 418 times and walked 88 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 8.88 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.56 hitters per nine. They are 7th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.80. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 1,035 base hits and 442 earned runs. They have allowed 119 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 308 batters and struck out 999. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.66.
As a team, Houston is hitting .246, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .256 average on the road. The Astros have a .414 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .321 which is good for 18th in the league. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.44 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .365 and his on-base percentage is at .431. He has 164 hits this season along with 85 runs scored and 71 runs batted in. He's struck out 50 times and has walked 49 times. George Springer is hitting .260 and he has an on-base percentage of .353. He has totaled 120 hits so far while scoring 82 runs and he's driven in 68. He has walked 59 times and has struck out 118 times. The Astros have 971 hits, including 210 doubles and 139 home runs. They've stolen 83 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 31 times. Houston has walked 411 times this season and they've struck out 1,051 times as a unit. They've left 796 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.49 runs per contest and have scored a total of 516 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 34-25 home mark and a 65-50 overall record. With an ERA of 2.85, Aaron Sanchez has a 11-2 record and a 1.16 WHIP. He has 121 strikeouts over the 145.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 126 hits. He has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.31. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 309 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 319 times and walking 89 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.94 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 953 base knocks and 437 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 130 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 316 hitters and struck out 923. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.02.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .261 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.42 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this matchup batting .263 and he has an OBP of .354. He has 112 hits this year along with 70 runs scored and 94 RBI. He's struck out 102 times and has walked on 58 occasions. Josh Donaldson is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .405. He has collected 126 hits so far while he's scored 92 runs and drove in 77. He has earned a walk 74 times and has punched out 87 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 968 base hits, including 198 doubles and 162 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Toronto as a team has walked 438 times this year and they have struck out 974 times. They've had 790 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.79 runs per game and have totaled 551 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 49-59-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 51-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 45-65-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 59-56-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/07/16 LF Colby Rasmus Ear 15-day DL (8/5)
08/03/16 P Lance McCullers Elbow 15-day DL (8/2)
08/02/16 P Luke Gregerson Oblique 15-day DL (7/28)
07/29/16 3B Luis Valbuena Hamstring 15-day DL (7/27)
Toronto Blue Jays
08/11/16 RF Jose Bautista Knee 15-day DL (8/10)
08/09/16 CF Kevin Pillar Thumb 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 RF Ezequiel Carrera Achilles 15-day DL (8/1)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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