Sunday, September 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Andriese vs. Luis Cessa
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Yankee Stadium on Sunday to take on the New York Yankees. The probable pitchers are Matt Andriese for the Rays and Luis Cessa for the Yankees. The opening line for this game has Tampa Bay at +120 and New York at -130. The over/under is 9. The Rays have a 71-62-7 over/under mark and a 63-77-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Yankees are 69-71-0 against the run line and have a 62-69-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Rays head into this game with a 59-81 record, and they are 24-41 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Andriese has a 6-7 record with an ERA of 4.58 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 93 strikeouts during his 106 innings pitched and he has given up 108 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.79. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have allowed 422 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the pen while they've been struck out 400 times and walked 168 times this year. As a unit, Tampa Bay has given up 8.82 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.68 hitters per nine. They are 19th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.24. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 1,210 base hits and 582 earned runs. They have allowed 181 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 430 batters and struck out 1,191. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.24.
As a team, Tampa Bay is hitting .245, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .256 average on the road. The Rays have a .429 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .311 which is good for 27th in the league. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.29 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .279 and his on-base percentage is at .327. He has 152 hits this season along with 71 runs scored and 85 runs batted in. He's struck out 128 times and has walked 39 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .281 and he has an on-base percentage of .351. He has totaled 119 hits so far while scoring 67 runs and he's driven in 47. He has walked 41 times and has struck out 99 times. The Rays have 1,160 hits, including 246 doubles and 190 home runs. They've stolen 51 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 33 times. Tampa Bay has walked 403 times this season and they've struck out 1,268 times as a unit. They've left 923 men on base and have a team OPS of .740. They score 4.24 runs per contest and have scored a total of 594 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this game with a 42-28 home mark and a 75-65 overall record. With an ERA of 4.07, Luis Cessa has a 4-0 record and a 1.14 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts over the 42 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 37 hits. He has allowed 7.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.93. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 355 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 512 times and walking 149 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.94 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,182 base knocks and 576 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 184 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 369 hitters and struck out 1,229. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.11.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The Yankees hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.54 hits per contest. Brett Gardner comes into this matchup batting .259 and he has an OBP of .348. He has 120 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 95 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Didi Gregorius is hitting .276 and he has an OBP of .306. He has collected 136 hits so far while he's scored 62 runs and drove in 63. He has earned a walk 16 times and has punched out 73 times. The Yankees as a unit have 1,196 base hits, including 211 doubles and 158 homers. They have 62 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. New York as a team has walked 409 times this year and they have struck out 1,019 times. They've had 943 men left on base and have an OPS of .720. They score 4.27 runs per game and have totaled 598 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 71-62-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 63-77-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 62-69-9 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 69-71-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/07/16 SS Matt Duffy Heel out for season
08/07/16 LF Desmond Jennings Knee 15-day DL (8/3); out for season
08/07/16 P Enny Romero Back 15-day DL (8/4)
New York Yankees
09/08/16 P Chad Green Elbow 15-day DL (9/3)
09/06/16 RF Aaron Hicks Hamstring 15-day DL (9/1)
08/13/16 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 15-day DL (8/11)
05/31/16 LF Dustin Ackley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/29), out for season
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Yankees
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