Friday, May 27, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Chris Archer
The New York Yankees visit Tropicana Field on Friday to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and Chris Archer for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has New York at +103 and Tampa Bay at -113. The over/under was set at 7. The Yankees have a 20-21-4 over/under record and a 22-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Rays are 21-24-0 against the run line and have a 18-22-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Yankees head into this matchup with a 22-23 record, including 9-12 on the road. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has a 2-0 record with an earned run average of 3.24 and a WHIP of 1.05. He has 50 strikeouts over his 58.1 innings pitched and he has given up 49 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.38. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.41 and they have given up 109 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the bullpen while being struck out 159 times and walking 38 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Yankees pitchers have collectively given up 384 base hits and 184 earned runs. They have allowed 56 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 107 batters and struck out 392. They walk 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.91.
As a team, New York is batting .240, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .234 average away from home. The Yankees hold a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 7.93 hits per game. Starlin Castro comes into this game hitting .265 and his on-base percentage is at .302. He has 45 hits this season along with 13 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. He's struck out 31 times and has walked 8 times. Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .271 and he has an on-base percentage of .338. He has totaled 38 hits so far while scoring 19 runs and he's driven in 15. He has walked 12 times and has struck out 23 times. The Yankees have 357 hits, including 64 doubles and 46 home runs. They've stolen 26 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. New York has walked 139 times this season and they've struck out 315 times as a unit. They've left 296 men on base and have a team OPS of .693. They score 3.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 178 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this matchup with a 10-13 home record and a 21-24 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.16, Chris Archer has a 3-5 record and a 1.61 WHIP. He has 65 strikeouts over the 52.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 58 hits. He has allowed 10 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.58. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 127 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 126 times and walking 44 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.15 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.64 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 352 base knocks and 169 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 59 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 123 hitters and struck out 373. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.22 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .216 average at home. The Rays hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.05 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup batting .253 and he has an OBP of .306. He has 45 hits this year along with 25 runs scored and 20 RBI. He's struck out 46 times and has walked on 13 occasions. Steven Souza is hitting .273 and he has an OBP of .329. He has collected 42 hits so far while he's scored 20 runs and drove in 19. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 57 times. The Rays as a unit have 354 base hits, including 79 doubles and 66 homers. They have 22 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 136 times this year and they have struck out 408 times. They've had 294 men left on base and have an OPS of .745. They score 4.25 runs per game and have totaled 187 runs so far this season.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 20-21-4 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 22-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 18-22-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 21-24-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
05/26/16 DH Alex Rodriguez Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3); expected to be activated Thursday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
05/26/16 P Chasen Shreve Shoulder 15-day DL
05/26/16 P Chasen Shreve Shoulder 15-day DL
05/26/16 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
05/26/16 1B Mark Teixeira Neck expected to miss Thursday vs Toronto Blue Jays and Friday & Saturday vs Tampa Bay Rays
05/25/16 C Gary Sanchez Thumb 15-day DL
05/14/16 P Luis Severino Tricep 15-day DL (5/14)
04/03/16 RF Mason Williams Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 60-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Tampa Bay Rays
05/23/16 CF Kevin Kiermaier Hand 15-day DL (5/22)
05/14/16 2B Logan Forsythe Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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