Friday, April 22, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Sonny Gray vs. Aaron Sanchez
The Oakland Athletics visit Rogers Centre on Friday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Sonny Gray for the Athletics and Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +119 and Toronto at -129. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Athletics have a 3-11-1 over/under record and a 8-7-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Blue Jays are 9-7-0 against the run line and have a 4-11-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 8-7 record, including 5-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Sonny Gray has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 2.33 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 17 strikeouts over his 19.1 innings pitched and he has given up 16 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.19. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.50 and they have given up 45 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen while being struck out 42 times and walking 6 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 7.83 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.74. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 120 base hits and 42 earned runs. They have allowed 11 home runs this season and they allow 0.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 42 batters and struck out 112. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 3.52.
As a team, Oakland is batting .226, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .253 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .348 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .279 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 7.67 hits per game. Stephen Vogt comes into this game hitting .277 and his on-base percentage is at .314. He has 13 hits this season along with 6 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 2 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .220 and he has an on-base percentage of .333. He has totaled 11 hits so far while scoring 5 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 9 times. The Athletics have 115 hits, including 18 doubles and 12 home runs. They've stolen 6 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 1 times. Oakland has walked 37 times this season and they've struck out 113 times as a unit. They've left 103 men on base and have a team OPS of .627. They score 3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 45 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 3-3 home record and a 8-8 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.35, Aaron Sanchez has a 1-0 record and a 0.85 WHIP. He has 20 strikeouts over the 20 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 10 hits. He has allowed 4.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.39. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.63 and they have given up 37 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 42 times and walking 11 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 7.93 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.61 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.45. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 124 base knocks and 54 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 13 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 43 hitters and struck out 119. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 3.53.
As a team, they are batting .232, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .232 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 7.62 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .286 and he has an OBP of .366. He has 18 hits this year along with 15 runs scored and 14 RBI. He's struck out 19 times and has walked on 7 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .291 and he has an OBP of .435. He has collected 16 hits so far while he's scored 11 runs and drove in 11. He has earned a walk 14 times and has punched out 15 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 122 base hits, including 24 doubles and 15 homers. They have 7 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 1 time. Toronto as a team has walked 56 times this year and they have struck out 155 times. They've had 106 men left on base and have an OPS of .689. They score 3.94 runs per game and have totaled 63 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 3-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 8-7-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 9-7-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/21/16 3B Danny Valencia Hamstring is downgraded to expected to miss Thursday vs. New York Yankees
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 15-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 15-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)
Toronto Blue Jays
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Arm 15-day DL (4/7)
04/04/16 P Aaron Loup Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 2B Devon Travis Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Bo Schultz Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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