Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Skaggs vs. R.A. Dickey
The Los Angeles Angels visit Rogers Centre on Tuesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Tyler Skaggs for the Angels and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +144 and Toronto at -154. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Angels have a 56-62-5 over/under record and a 59-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Blue Jays are 66-58-0 against the run line and have a 49-70-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Angels head into this matchup with a 52-72 record, including 23-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 5.19 and a WHIP of 1.58. He has 27 strikeouts over his 26 innings pitched and he has given up 32 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.72. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.88 and they have given up 391 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen while being struck out 337 times and walking 140 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.75 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 1,160 base hits and 554 earned runs. They have allowed 167 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 380 batters and struck out 870. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.72.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .250, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .251 average away from home. The Angels hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.54 hits per game. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .308 and his on-base percentage is at .426. He has 132 hits this season along with 94 runs scored and 77 runs batted in. He's struck out 107 times and has walked 85 times. Kole Calhoun is hitting .269 and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 123 hits so far while scoring 72 runs and he's driven in 56. He has walked 56 times and has struck out 92 times. The Angels have 1,093 hits, including 209 doubles and 118 home runs. They've stolen 43 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 26 times. Los Angeles has walked 362 times this season and they've struck out 741 times as a unit. They've left 801 men on base and have a team OPS of .727. They score 4.44 runs per contest and have scored a total of 550 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 36-26 home record and a 70-54 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.51, R.A. Dickey has a 8-13 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 109 strikeouts over the 147.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 143 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.22. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 332 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 347 times and walking 96 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.21 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.06 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,025 base knocks and 465 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 142 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 337 hitters and struck out 1,007. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.02.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this matchup batting .268 and he has an OBP of .355. He has 124 hits this year along with 77 runs scored and 101 RBI. He's struck out 112 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Josh Donaldson is hitting .289 and he has an OBP of .401. He has collected 131 hits so far while he's scored 96 runs and drove in 81. He has earned a walk 79 times and has punched out 93 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,049 base hits, including 213 doubles and 179 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Toronto as a team has walked 461 times this year and they have struck out 1,073 times. They've had 842 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.81 runs per game and have totaled 596 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 56-62-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 59-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 49-70-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 66-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/21/16 3B Yunel Escobar Concussion 7-day (8/20)
08/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (8/15)
08/14/16 LF Shane Robinson Hip 15-day DL (8/13)
08/10/16 P Cam Bedrosia Finger 15-day DL (8/4)
08/02/16 P Huston Street Knee 15-day DL (8/2)
07/20/16 P Nick Tropeano Elbow 60-day DL (7/19)
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 60-day DL (6/14)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
08/22/16 CF Kevin Pillar Thumb 15-day DL (8/7); expected to be activated Tuesday vs. Los Angeles Angels
08/11/16 RF Jose Bautista Knee 15-day DL (8/10)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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