Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Bassitt vs. J.A. Happ
The Oakland Athletics visit Rogers Centre on Saturday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Chris Bassitt for the Athletics and J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +148 and Toronto at -158. The over/under was set at 9. The Athletics have a 4-11-1 over/under record and a 9-7-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Blue Jays are 9-8-0 against the run line and have a 4-12-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Athletics head into this matchup with a 9-7 record, including 6-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Bassitt has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 2.79 and a WHIP of 1.29. He has 13 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 4.43. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.53 and they have given up 50 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen while being struck out 46 times and walking 7 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 7.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.71 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.69. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 128 base hits and 44 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 47 batters and struck out 126. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 3.39.
As a team, Oakland is batting .230, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .258 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .368 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .283 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 7.81 hits per game. Stephen Vogt comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .327. He has 14 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times and has walked 3 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .218 and he has an on-base percentage of .323. He has totaled 12 hits so far while scoring 6 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 9 times. The Athletics have 125 hits, including 19 doubles and 16 home runs. They've stolen 9 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 1 times. Oakland has walked 40 times this season and they've struck out 121 times as a unit. They've left 108 men on base and have a team OPS of .650. They score 3.25 runs per contest and have scored a total of 52 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 3-3 home record and a 8-9 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.89, J.A. Happ has a 2-0 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 12 strikeouts over the 19 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 18 hits. He has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.4. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.59 and they have given up 41 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 45 times and walking 13 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.11 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.93 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.39. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 134 base knocks and 56 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 49 hitters and struck out 131. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.48.
As a team, they are batting .227, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .232 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .367 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.41 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .284 and he has an OBP of .360. He has 19 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 15 RBI. He's struck out 21 times and has walked on 7 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .276 and he has an OBP of .425. He has collected 16 hits so far while he's scored 11 runs and drove in 11. He has earned a walk 15 times and has punched out 15 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 126 base hits, including 27 doubles and 15 homers. They have 7 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 1 time. Toronto as a team has walked 60 times this year and they have struck out 164 times. They've had 112 men left on base and have an OPS of .679. They score 3.82 runs per game and have totaled 65 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 4-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 9-7-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 4-12-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 9-8-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/21/16 3B Danny Valencia Hamstring "?" Friday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
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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