Friday, April 22, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Erasmo Ramirez vs. CC Sabathia
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Yankee Stadium on Friday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are Erasmo Ramirez for the Rays and CC Sabathia for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at -114 and New York at +104. The over/under was set at 8. The Rays have a 3-9-2 over/under record and a 5-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 36% of the time. The Yankees are 5-8-0 against the run line and have a 5-7-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 39% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 6-8 record, including 1-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 1.42 and a WHIP of 0.63. He has 11 strikeouts over his 12.2 innings pitched and he has given up 8 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.56. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.48 and they have given up 29 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .201 against the bullpen while being struck out 35 times and walking 8 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.55 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.87 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.27. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 104 base hits and 45 earned runs. They have allowed 17 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 29 batters and struck out 136. They walk 2.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.07 and their FIP as a unit is 3.43.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .207, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .193 average away from home. The Rays hold a .352 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .267 which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 30th in baseball with 6.64 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .250 and his on-base percentage is at .288. He has 14 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 7 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 3 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .250 and he has an on-base percentage of .321. He has totaled 12 hits so far while scoring 7 runs and he's driven in 4. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 14 times. The Rays have 93 hits, including 17 doubles and 15 home runs. They've stolen 6 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Tampa Bay has walked 32 times this season and they've struck out 127 times as a unit. They've left 81 men on base and have a team OPS of .617. They score 2.86 runs per contest and have scored a total of 40 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 3-5 home record and a 5-8 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.06, CC Sabathia has a 1-1 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He has 8 strikeouts over the 10.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 11 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.16. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.55 and they have given up 35 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 57 times and walking 11 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.93 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.11. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 118 base knocks and 53 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 11 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 29 hitters and struck out 128. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 2.92.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .256 average at home. The Yankees hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.08 hits per contest. Jacoby Ellsbury comes into this matchup batting .220 and he has an OBP of .264. He has 11 hits this year along with 4 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 10 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Mark Teixeira is hitting .182 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 8 hits so far while he's scored 7 runs and drove in 8. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 13 times. The Yankees as a unit have 105 base hits, including 17 doubles and 16 homers. They have 13 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. New York as a team has walked 50 times this year and they have struck out 90 times. They've had 97 men left on base and have an OPS of .716. They score 4.08 runs per game and have totaled 53 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 3-9-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 5-9-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 5-7-1 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 5-8-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
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 15-day DL (3/25)
New York Yankees
04/20/16 LF Brett Gardner Neck "?" Thursday vs. Oakland Athletics
04/13/16 P Aroldis Chapman Suspension 30-game suspension, eligible to return May 9 vs Kansas City Royals
04/03/16 RF Mason Williams Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 15-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees
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