Saturday, April 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Andriese vs. Masahiro Tanaka
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Yankee Stadium on Saturday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are Matt Andriese for the Rays and Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +118 and New York at -128. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Rays have a 4-9-2 over/under record and a 6-9-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 40% of the time. The Yankees are 5-9-0 against the run line and have a 6-7-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 36% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 7-8 record, including 2-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Andriese is making his season debut for the Rays. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.80 and they have given up 36 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .217 against the bullpen while being struck out 40 times and walking 12 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.05 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.74 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 119 base hits and 53 earned runs. They have allowed 19 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 34 batters and struck out 144. They walk 2.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.15 and their FIP as a unit is 3.58.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .221, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .234 average away from home. The Rays hold a .376 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .289 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 7.2 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .258 and his on-base percentage is at .292. He has 16 hits this season along with 9 runs scored and 9 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 3 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .288 and he has an on-base percentage of .373. He has totaled 15 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 5. He has walked 7 times and has struck out 15 times. The Rays have 108 hits, including 22 doubles and 17 home runs. They've stolen 6 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Tampa Bay has walked 38 times this season and they've struck out 135 times as a unit. They've left 93 men on base and have a team OPS of .663. They score 3.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 52 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 3-6 home record and a 5-9 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.06, Masahiro Tanaka has a 1-0 record and a 1.02 WHIP. He has 16 strikeouts over the 17.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 13 hits. He has allowed 6.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 38 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 61 times and walking 14 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 9.22 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.79 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.32. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 128 base knocks and 60 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 15 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 32 hitters and struck out 136. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 3.28.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .254 average at home. The Yankees hold a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.07 hits per contest. Jacoby Ellsbury comes into this matchup batting .255 and he has an OBP of .293. He has 14 hits this year along with 4 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 11 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Mark Teixeira is hitting .170 and he has an OBP of .350. He has collected 8 hits so far while he's scored 8 runs and drove in 8. He has earned a walk 13 times and has punched out 14 times. The Yankees as a unit have 113 base hits, including 17 doubles and 16 homers. They have 14 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. New York as a team has walked 55 times this year and they have struck out 104 times. They've had 106 men left on base and have an OPS of .705. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 56 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 4-9-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 6-9-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 6-7-1 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 5-9-0 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
04/21/16 LF Brett Gardner Neck "?" Friday vs. Tampa Bay Rays
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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