Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Alex Wood vs. Drew Smyly
The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Tropicana Field on Wednesday to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Alex Wood for the Dodgers and Drew Smyly for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +145 and Tampa Bay at -155. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Dodgers have a 9-15-2 over/under record and a 12-14-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Rays are 10-14-0 against the run line and have a 5-16-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 42% of the time.
The Dodgers head into this matchup with a 13-13 record, including 8-5 on the road. Starting pitcher Alex Wood has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 4.82 and a WHIP of 1.54. He has 21 strikeouts over his 28 innings pitched and he has given up 31 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.54. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.84 and they have given up 57 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .205 against the bullpen while being struck out 66 times and walking 27 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 8.51 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Dodgers pitchers have collectively given up 196 base hits and 91 earned runs. They have allowed 19 home runs this season and they allow 0.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 67 batters and struck out 212. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.13 and their FIP as a unit is 3.28.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .241, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. The Dodgers hold a .370 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 7.92 hits per game. Adrian Gonzalez comes into this game hitting .277 and his on-base percentage is at .361. He has 26 hits this season along with 9 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 23 times and has walked 13 times. Joc Pederson is hitting .266 and he has an on-base percentage of .390. He has totaled 17 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 12 times and has struck out 23 times. The Dodgers have 209 hits, including 46 doubles and 17 home runs. They've stolen 7 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 4 times. Los Angeles has walked 90 times this season and they've struck out 207 times as a unit. They've left 187 men on base and have a team OPS of .677. They score 4.08 runs per contest and have scored a total of 106 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this matchup with a 8-8 home record and a 11-13 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.60, Drew Smyly has a 1-3 record and a 0.69 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts over the 34.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 18 hits. He has allowed 4.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.19. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 55 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 54 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.36 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.01 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.39. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 174 base knocks and 80 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 30 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 58 hitters and struck out 213. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.09 while their FIP as a staff is 3.79.
As a team, they are batting .221, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .210 average at home. The Rays hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .289 which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.21 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup batting .242 and he has an OBP of .272. He has 24 hits this year along with 12 runs scored and 11 RBI. He's struck out 22 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Logan Forsythe is hitting .337 and he has an OBP of .418. He has collected 29 hits so far while he's scored 14 runs and drove in 10. He has earned a walk 11 times and has punched out 21 times. The Rays as a unit have 173 base hits, including 41 doubles and 28 homers. They have 12 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 62 times this year and they have struck out 224 times. They've had 157 men left on base and have an OPS of .672. They score 3.21 runs per game and have totaled 77 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 9-15-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Dodgers are 12-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 5-16-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 10-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Dodgers
05/03/16 P Josh Ravin Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/23/16 P Yimi Garcia Bicep 15-day DL (4/23)
04/11/16 LF Scott Van Slyke Back 15-day DL (4/10)
04/05/16 P Brandon McCarthy Elbow 60-day DL (2/19)
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/04/16 P Brett Anderson Back 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Michael Bolsinge Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 3B Alex Guerrero Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Hyun-Jin Ryu Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 LF Andre Ethier Leg 60-day DL (3/25)
Tampa Bay Rays
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Brad Boxberge Abdominal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays
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