Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jered Weaver vs. J.A. Happ
The Los Angeles Angels head to Rogers Centre on Thursday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable pitchers are Jered Weaver for the Angels and J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this game has Los Angeles at +216 and Toronto at -235. The over/under is 9.5. The Angels have a 58-62-5 over/under mark and a 61-64-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Blue Jays are 67-58-0 against the run line and have a 49-70-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Angels head into this game with a 52-73 record, and they are 23-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver has a 8-11 record with an ERA of 5.47 and a WHIP of 1.53. He has 69 strikeouts during his 138.1 innings pitched and he has given up 174 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.86. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have allowed 397 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the pen while they've been struck out 337 times and walked 142 times this year. As a unit, Los Angeles has given up 7.81 base hits per nine innings while striking out 9.24 hitters per nine. They are 5th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.81. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 1,170 base hits and 561 earned runs. They have allowed 168 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 387 batters and struck out 872. They walk 3.2 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 4.73.
As a team, Los Angeles is hitting .253, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .255 average on the road. The Angels have a .417 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .323 which is good for 15th in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.68 hits per contest. Kole Calhoun comes into this game hitting .266 and his on-base percentage is at .347. He has 123 hits this season along with 72 runs scored and 56 runs batted in. He's struck out 92 times and has walked 56 times. Mike Trout is hitting .309 and he has an on-base percentage of .427. He has totaled 133 hits so far while scoring 94 runs and he's driven in 77. He has walked 86 times and has struck out 107 times. The Angels have 1,101 hits, including 209 doubles and 119 home runs. They've stolen 45 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 27 times. Los Angeles has walked 364 times this season and they've struck out 744 times as a unit. They've left 807 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 552 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 37-26 home mark and a 71-54 overall record. With an ERA of 3.05, J.A. Happ has a 17-3 record and a 1.14 WHIP. He has 133 strikeouts over the 150.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 127 hits. He has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.89. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.84 and they have given up 334 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 348 times and walking 96 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.21 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.02 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,033 base knocks and 467 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 143 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 339 hitters and struck out 1,010. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.47 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .289 and he has an OBP of .403. He has 132 hits this year along with 97 runs scored and 81 RBI. He's struck out 93 times and has walked on 81 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .269 and he has an OBP of .358. He has collected 125 hits so far while he's scored 78 runs and drove in 101. He has earned a walk 62 times and has punched out 112 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,059 base hits, including 217 doubles and 180 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Toronto as a team has walked 468 times this year and they have struck out 1,075 times. They've had 849 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They score 4.82 runs per game and have totaled 603 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 58-62-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 61-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 49-70-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 67-58-0 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); out for season
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
08/24/16 2B Devon Travis Hand "?" Wednesday vs. Los Angeles Angels
08/11/16 RF Jose Bautista Knee 15-day DL (8/10); expected to be activated and start Thursday vs Los Angeles Angels
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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