Friday, May 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Jake Odorizzi
The Oakland Athletics visit Tropicana Field on Friday to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Rich Hill for the Athletics and Jake Odorizzi for the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +101 and Tampa Bay at -111. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Athletics have a 17-16-2 over/under record and a 16-19-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Rays are 15-17-0 against the run line and have a 9-19-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 14-21 record, including 9-10 on the road. Starting pitcher Rich Hill has a 4-3 record with an earned run average of 2.39 and a WHIP of 1.17. He has 46 strikeouts over his 37.2 innings pitched and he has given up 28 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.08. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.24 and they have given up 125 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the bullpen while being struck out 117 times and walking 34 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.56 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.98 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.97. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 327 base hits and 170 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 118 batters and struck out 273. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.55.
As a team, Oakland is batting .247, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .268 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .378 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .298 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.46 hits per game. Jed Lowrie comes into this game hitting .302 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 35 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 17 runs batted in. He's struck out 19 times and has walked 8 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .317 and he has an on-base percentage of .383. He has totaled 40 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 17. He has walked 14 times and has struck out 21 times. The Athletics have 296 hits, including 49 doubles and 33 home runs. They've stolen 17 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Oakland has walked 85 times this season and they've struck out 243 times as a unit. They've left 231 men on base and have a team OPS of .677. They score 3.77 runs per contest and have scored a total of 132 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this matchup with a 9-9 home record and a 15-17 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.10, Jake Odorizzi has a 0-1 record and a 1.16 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts over the 40.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 39 hits. He has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.96. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 75 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 82 times and walking 35 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.82 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 243 base knocks and 116 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 38 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 90 hitters and struck out 278. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 3.88.
As a team, they are batting .224, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .216 average at home. The Rays hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.41 hits per contest. Logan Forsythe comes into this matchup batting .308 and he has an OBP of .398. He has 33 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 26 times and has walked on 14 occasions. Evan Longoria is hitting .233 and he has an OBP of .281. He has collected 30 hits so far while he's scored 16 runs and drove in 17. He has earned a walk 8 times and has punched out 35 times. The Rays as a unit have 237 base hits, including 53 doubles and 46 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 89 times this year and they have struck out 309 times. They've had 213 men left on base and have an OPS of .702. They score 3.53 runs per game and have totaled 113 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 17-16-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 16-19-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 9-19-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 15-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/12/16 3B Danny Valencia Hamstring "?" Friday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9)
05/10/16 2B Jed Lowrie Shin 15-day DL (5/9)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tampa Bay Rays
05/12/16 2B Logan Forsythe Shoulder is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Oakland Athletics
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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