Sunday, August 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Marcus Stroman
The Houston Astros visit Rogers Centre on Sunday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Mike Fiers for the Astros and Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +138 and Toronto at -148. The over/under was set at 9. The Astros have a 49-60-7 over/under record and a 52-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Blue Jays are 59-57-0 against the run line and have a 45-66-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Astros head into this matchup with a 61-55 record, including 27-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers has a 8-5 record with an earned run average of 4.46 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 89 strikeouts over his 121 innings pitched and he has given up 133 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.66. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.21 and they have given up 334 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen while being struck out 419 times and walking 88 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 8.86 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.56 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 1,042 base hits and 445 earned runs. They have allowed 121 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 309 batters and struck out 1,007. 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 3.67.
As a team, Houston is batting .246, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .257 average away from home. The Astros hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.47 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .363 and his on-base percentage is at .428. He has 165 hits this season along with 85 runs scored and 73 runs batted in. He's struck out 50 times and has walked 49 times. George Springer is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 121 hits so far while scoring 84 runs and he's driven in 68. He has walked 62 times and has struck out 118 times. The Astros have 983 hits, including 214 doubles and 140 home runs. They've stolen 83 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 32 times. Houston has walked 416 times this season and they've struck out 1,056 times as a unit. They've left 808 men on base and have a team OPS of .737. They score 4.49 runs per contest and have scored a total of 521 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 34-26 home record and a 65-51 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.76, Marcus Stroman has a 8-5 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 118 strikeouts over the 147.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 155 hits. He has allowed 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.87. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.99 and they have given up 313 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 320 times and walking 92 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.92 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 965 base knocks and 442 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 131 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 321 hitters and struck out 928. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.41 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this matchup batting .265 and he has an OBP of .355. He has 114 hits this year along with 71 runs scored and 95 RBI. He's struck out 103 times and has walked on 58 occasions. Josh Donaldson is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .404. He has collected 127 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 975 base hits, including 201 doubles and 164 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Toronto as a team has walked 439 times this year and they have struck out 982 times. They've had 793 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.78 runs per game and have totaled 554 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 49-60-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 52-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 45-66-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 59-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/13/16 CF Jake Marisnick Groin "?" Saturday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
08/13/16 LF Preston Tucker Shoulder 15-day DL (8/11)
08/07/16 LF Colby Rasmus Ear 15-day DL (8/5)
08/03/16 P Lance McCullers Elbow 15-day DL (8/2)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros
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