Sunday, April 24, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Eric Surkamp vs. Drew Hutchison
The Oakland Athletics visit Rogers Centre on Sunday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Eric Surkamp for the Athletics and Drew Hutchison for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +134 and Toronto at -144. The over/under was set at 9. The Athletics have a 6-11-1 over/under record and a 10-8-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Blue Jays are 10-9-0 against the run line and have a 6-12-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Athletics head into this matchup with a 10-8 record, including 7-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Eric Surkamp has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 3.68 and a WHIP of 1.64. He has 6 strikeouts over his 14.2 innings pitched and he has given up 16 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.14. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.90 and they have given up 56 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .241 against the bullpen while being struck out 50 times and walking 9 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 7.85 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.67 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.83. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 136 base hits and 49 earned runs. They have allowed 12 home runs this season and they allow 0.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 52 batters and struck out 133. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.46.
As a team, Oakland is batting .238, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .272 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .291 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.18 hits per game. Stephen Vogt comes into this game hitting .309 and his on-base percentage is at .350. He has 17 hits this season along with 8 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times and has walked 3 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .233 and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 14 hits so far while scoring 7 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 11 times. The Athletics have 139 hits, including 21 doubles and 17 home runs. They've stolen 9 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Oakland has walked 42 times this season and they've struck out 126 times as a unit. They've left 117 men on base and have a team OPS of .666. They score 3.75 runs per contest and have scored a total of 60 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 4-4 home record and a 9-10 overall mark. WDrew Hutchison is making his season debut for the Blue Jays. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.28 and they have given up 45 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 49 times and walking 14 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.45 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.76 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.60. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 148 base knocks and 63 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 14 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 51 hitters and struck out 136. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 3.54.
As a team, they are batting .228, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .234 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .369 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.44 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .282 and he has an OBP of .363. He has 20 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 15 RBI. He's struck out 22 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .262 and he has an OBP of .403. He has collected 16 hits so far while he's scored 11 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 15 times and has punched out 16 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 134 base hits, including 29 doubles and 16 homers. They have 7 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 1 time. Toronto as a team has walked 65 times this year and they have struck out 171 times. They've had 118 men left on base and have an OPS of .682. They score 4.12 runs per game and have totaled 70 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 6-11-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 10-8-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 6-12-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 10-9-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/22/16 3B Danny Valencia Hamstring 15-day DL (4/21)
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
04/22/16 1B Chris Colabello Suspension expected to miss 80 games
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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