Sunday, August 28, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Gibson vs. R.A. Dickey
The Minnesota Twins head to Rogers Centre on Sunday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable pitchers are Kyle Gibson for the Twins and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this game has Minnesota at +183 and Toronto at -193. The over/under is 10. The Twins have a 78-43-7 over/under mark and a 65-63-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Blue Jays are 68-60-0 against the run line and have a 51-71-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Twins head into this game with a 49-79 record, and they are 24-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson has a 5-8 record with an ERA of 5.09 and a WHIP of 1.54. He has 75 strikeouts during his 106 innings pitched and he has given up 124 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.61. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.37 and they have allowed 475 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the pen while they've been struck out 408 times and walked 141 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10.21 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.32 hitters per nine. They are 29th in the Majors in team earned run average at 5.06. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 1,289 base hits and 639 earned runs. They have allowed 177 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 345 batters and struck out 924. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.54.
As a team, Minnesota is hitting .255, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .254 average on the road. The Twins have a .424 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .319 which is good for 20th in the league. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.84 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this game hitting .267 and his on-base percentage is at .339. He has 128 hits this season along with 80 runs scored and 76 runs batted in. He's struck out 91 times and has walked 48 times. Joe Mauer is hitting .276 and he has an on-base percentage of .375. He has totaled 118 hits so far while scoring 62 runs and he's driven in 45. He has walked 68 times and has struck out 80 times. The Twins have 1,132 hits, including 235 doubles and 151 home runs. They've stolen 79 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Minnesota has walked 401 times this season and they've struck out 1,083 times as a unit. They've left 892 men on base and have a team OPS of .744. They score 4.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 582 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 38-28 home mark and a 72-56 overall record. With an ERA of 4.43, R.A. Dickey has a 9-13 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 111 strikeouts over the 154.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 149 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.23. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.91 and they have given up 353 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 357 times and walking 102 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.04 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,070 base knocks and 488 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 146 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 353 hitters and struck out 1,036. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.04.
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 .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.51 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .289 and he has an OBP of .401. He has 136 hits this year along with 101 runs scored and 85 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 82 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .269 and he has an OBP of .358. He has collected 128 hits so far while he's scored 80 runs and drove in 102. He has earned a walk 64 times and has punched out 114 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,089 base hits, including 226 doubles and 185 homers. They have 40 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Toronto as a team has walked 478 times this year and they have struck out 1,092 times. They've had 872 men left on base and have an OPS of .764. They score 4.87 runs per game and have totaled 623 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 78-43-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 65-63-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 51-71-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 68-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/26/16 P Hector Santiago Thumb "?" next scheduled start
08/26/16 1B Joe Mauer Quad "?" Saturday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
08/13/16 P Tommy Milone Bicep 15-day DL (8/11)
08/11/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (8/7)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
08/26/16 2B Devon Travis Hand probable Saturday vs. Minnesota Twins
08/26/16 P J.A. Happ Foot "?" for next scheduled start
08/25/16 P Aaron Sanchez Hamstring out indefinitely
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
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