Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Alex Cobb
The New York Yankees head to Tropicana Field on Wednesday to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable pitchers are Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and Alex Cobb for the Rays. The opening line for this game has New York at -127 and Tampa Bay at +117. The over/under is 7. The Yankees have a 66-73-10 over/under mark and a 73-76-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Rays are 70-79-0 against the run line and have a 73-68-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Yankees head into this game with a 77-72 record, and they are 33-41 on the road. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has a 13-4 record with an ERA of 2.97 and a WHIP of 1.06. He has 160 strikeouts during his 193.2 innings pitched and he has given up 172 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.27. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have allowed 385 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the pen while they've been struck out 539 times and walked 158 times this year. As a unit, New York has given up 8.61 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.86 hitters per nine. They are 15th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.17. The Yankees pitchers have collectively given up 1,259 base hits and 612 earned runs. They have allowed 197 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 388 batters and struck out 1,294. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team, New York is hitting .252, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .251 average on the road. The Yankees have a .406 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .314 which is good for 24th in the league. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.51 hits per contest. Didi Gregorius comes into this game hitting .278 and his on-base percentage is at .308. He has 144 hits this season along with 64 runs scored and 66 runs batted in. He's struck out 78 times and has walked 18 times. Brett Gardner is hitting .258 and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 128 hits so far while scoring 73 runs and he's driven in 38. He has walked 65 times and has struck out 102 times. The Yankees have 1,268 hits, including 229 doubles and 169 home runs. They've stolen 66 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. New York has walked 430 times this season and they've struck out 1,096 times as a unit. They've left 1,006 men on base and have a team OPS of .720. They score 4.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 628 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this game with a 35-40 home mark and a 64-85 overall record. With an ERA of 3.06, Alex Cobb has a 1-0 record and a 1.08 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 17.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 15 hits. He has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.93. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.15 and they have given up 440 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 420 times and walking 178 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.74 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.56 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,273 base knocks and 609 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 191 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 449 hitters and struck out 1,247. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .235 average at home. The Rays hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.28 hits per contest. Logan Forsythe comes into this matchup batting .277 and he has an OBP of .348. He has 127 hits this year along with 71 runs scored and 51 RBI. He's struck out 109 times and has walked on 44 occasions. Evan Longoria is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .324. He has collected 163 hits so far while he's scored 78 runs and drove in 94. He has earned a walk 39 times and has punched out 134 times. The Rays as a unit have 1,233 base hits, including 257 doubles and 205 homers. They have 57 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 35 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 424 times this year and they have struck out 1,351 times. They've had 978 men left on base and have an OPS of .739. They score 4.24 runs per game and have totaled 632 runs so far this season.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 66-73-10 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 73-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 73-68-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 70-79-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
09/20/16 3B Chase Headley Back "?" Tuesday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
09/19/16 2B Starlin Castro Hamstring out indefinitely
09/18/16 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Knee "?" Tuesday vs Tampa Bay Rays
09/15/16 RF Aaron Judge Oblique expected to miss the rest of the regular season
09/08/16 P Chad Green Elbow 60-day DL (9/3)
09/06/16 RF Aaron Hicks Hamstring 15-day DL (9/1)
08/13/16 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 15-day DL (8/11)
05/31/16 LF Dustin Ackley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/29), out for season
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Tampa Bay Rays
09/20/16 RF Steven Souza Hip out for season
09/17/16 1B Logan Morrison Wrist 60-day DL (9/16)
09/07/16 SS Matt Duffy Heel out for season
08/07/16 LF Desmond Jennings Knee 15-day DL (8/3); out for season
08/07/16 P Enny Romero Back 15-day DL (8/4)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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