Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Aaron Sanchez
The New York Yankees visit Rogers Centre on Tuesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has New York at -102 and Toronto at -108. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Yankees have a 4-1-0 over/under record and a 3-2-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 60% of the time. The Blue Jays are 4-3-0 against the run line and have a 3-3-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The Yankees head into this matchup with a 3-2 record, including 1-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka held a 12-7 record with an earned run average of 3.51 and a WHIP of 0.99 last season. He had 139 strikeouts over his 154 innings pitched and he also gave up 126 hits over that time period. He allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 3.98. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 1.04 and they have given up 15 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the bullpen while being struck out 27 times and walking 3 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 9.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.43 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.30. The Yankees pitchers have collectively given up 47 base hits and 21 earned runs. They have allowed 7 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 8 batters and struck out 51. They walk 1.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.64.
As a team, New York is batting .292, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .258 average away from home. The Yankees hold a .503 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .366 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 10 hits per game. Alex Rodriguez comes into this game hitting .214 and his on-base percentage is at .389. He has 3 hits this season along with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. He's struck out 5 times and has walked 4 times. Mark Teixeira is hitting .278 and he has an on-base percentage of .381. He has totaled 5 hits so far while scoring 4 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 3 times and has struck out 6 times. The Yankees have 50 hits, including 5 doubles, 2 triples, and 9 home runs. They've stolen 5 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. New York has walked 20 times this season and they've struck out 35 times as a unit. They've left 31 men on base and have a team OPS of .869. They score 7 runs per contest and have scored a total of 35 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 1-2 home record and a 3-4 overall mark. With an earned run average last season of 3.22, Aaron Sanchez had a 7-6 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He had 61 strikeouts over the 92.1 innings he pitched during which he gave up 74 hits. He allowed 7.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 4.61. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.58 and they have given up 18 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 23 times and walking 4 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.44 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.28. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 61 base knocks and 29 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 7 home runs this year and they give up 1 home run per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 15 hitters and struck out 64. They give up a walk 2.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.44.
As a team, they are batting .223, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .237 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .373 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .291 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.43 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .310 and he has an OBP of .355. He has 9 hits this year along with 8 runs scored and 9 RBI. He's struck out 11 times and has walked on 2 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .286 and he has an OBP of .500. He has collected 6 hits so far while he's scored 5 runs and drove in 4. He has earned a walk 9 times and has punched out 8 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 52 base hits, including 4 doubles, 2 triples, and 9 homers. They have 4 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 0 times. Toronto as a team has walked 21 times this year and they have struck out 71 times. They've had 44 men left on base and have an OPS of .664. They score 4.14 runs per game and have totaled 29 runs so far this season.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 4-1-0 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 3-2-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 3-3-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
04/03/16 RF Mason Williams Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25); out for season
03/19/14 P Aroldis Chapman Suspension 30-game suspension, eligible to return May 9
Toronto Blue Jays
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Arm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/7)
04/04/16 P Aaron Loup Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 2B Devon Travis Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
04/04/16 P Bo Schultz Hip Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees
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