Thursday, April 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Nathan Eovaldi vs. Marcus Stroman
The New York Yankees visit Rogers Centre on Thursday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Nathan Eovaldi for the Yankees and Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has New York at +134 and Toronto at -144. The over/under was set at 8. The Yankees have a 4-2-0 over/under record and a 4-2-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 67% of the time. The Blue Jays are 4-4-0 against the run line and have a 3-4-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Yankees head into this matchup with a 4-2 record, including 2-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 7 strikeouts over his 5 innings pitched and he has given up 6 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.66. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 0.84 and they have given up 15 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .190 against the bullpen while being struck out 32 times and walking 5 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.49 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.53 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Yankees pitchers have collectively given up 50 base hits and 23 earned runs. They have allowed 7 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 14 batters and struck out 62. They walk 2.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.60.
As a team, New York is batting .279, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .242 average away from home. The Yankees hold a .475 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .355 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.5 hits per game. Alex Rodriguez comes into this game hitting .167 and his on-base percentage is at .318. He has 3 hits this season along with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. He's struck out 6 times and has walked 4 times. Mark Teixeira is hitting .227 and he has an on-base percentage of .320. 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 7 times. The Yankees have 57 hits, including 6 doubles and 10 home runs. They've stolen 6 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. New York has walked 24 times this season and they've struck out 44 times as a unit. They've left 39 men on base and have a team OPS of .830. They score 6.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 38 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 1-3 home record and a 3-5 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.40, Marcus Stroman has a 1-0 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He has 9 strikeouts over the 13.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 12 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.79. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.35 and they have given up 22 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 27 times and walking 5 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.74 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.39 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 68 base knocks and 31 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 8 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 19 hitters and struck out 73. They give up a walk 2.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.56.
As a team, they are batting .210, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .206 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .347 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .289 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 6.88 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .371. He has 10 hits this year along with 9 runs scored and 9 RBI. He's struck out 11 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .292 and he has an OBP of .500. He has collected 7 hits so far while he's scored 5 runs and drove in 6. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 9 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 55 base hits, including 5 doubles and 9 homers. They have 5 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 0 times. Toronto as a team has walked 27 times this year and they have struck out 82 times. They've had 51 men left on base and have an OPS of .636. They score 3.88 runs per game and have totaled 31 runs so far this season.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 4-2-0 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 4-2-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 3-4-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
04/13/16 C Brian McCann Toe is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
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 Blue Jays
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