Thursday, September 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Alex Cobb vs. CC Sabathia
The Tampa Bay Rays head to Yankee Stadium on Thursday to take on the New York Yankees. The probable pitchers are Alex Cobb for the Rays and CC Sabathia for the Yankees. The opening line for this game has Tampa Bay at +127 and New York at -137. The over/under is 8. The Rays have a 68-62-7 over/under mark and a 61-76-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Yankees are 67-70-0 against the run line and have a 60-68-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Rays head into this game with a 58-79 record, and they are 24-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb has a 0-0 record with an ERA of 3.60 and a WHIP of 1.00. He has 7 strikeouts during his 5 innings pitched and he has given up 4 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 0.95. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have allowed 415 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the pen while they've been struck out 389 times and walked 158 times this year. As a unit, Tampa Bay has given up 8.79 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.74 hitters per nine. They are 17th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.21. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 1,181 base hits and 566 earned runs. They have allowed 175 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 414 batters and struck out 1,174. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.19.
As a team, Tampa Bay is hitting .243, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .254 average on the road. The Rays have a .426 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .309 which is good for 27th in the league. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.2 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .279 and his on-base percentage is at .329. He has 148 hits this season along with 71 runs scored and 85 runs batted in. He's struck out 124 times and has walked 39 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .282 and he has an on-base percentage of .352. He has totaled 116 hits so far while scoring 67 runs and he's driven in 47. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 95 times. The Rays have 1,123 hits, including 243 doubles and 182 home runs. They've stolen 51 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 33 times. Tampa Bay has walked 395 times this season and they've struck out 1,232 times as a unit. They've left 894 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.22 runs per contest and have scored a total of 578 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this game with a 39-28 home mark and a 72-65 overall record. With an ERA of 4.20, CC Sabathia has a 8-12 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 126 strikeouts over the 150 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 146 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.23. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.50 and they have given up 343 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 497 times and walking 146 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.57 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.93 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,153 base knocks and 567 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 178 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 362 hitters and struck out 1,201. 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 4.09.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .256 average at home. The Yankees hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.52 hits per contest. Brett Gardner comes into this matchup batting .254 and he has an OBP of .345. He has 116 hits this year along with 67 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Didi Gregorius is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .308. He has collected 134 hits so far while he's scored 61 runs and drove in 62. He has earned a walk 15 times and has punched out 71 times. The Yankees as a unit have 1,168 base hits, including 206 doubles and 152 homers. They have 62 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. New York as a team has walked 395 times this year and they have struck out 997 times. They've had 919 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They score 4.26 runs per game and have totaled 584 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 68-62-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 61-76-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 60-68-9 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 67-70-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/07/16 SS Matt Duffy Achilles "?" Wednesday vs. Baltimore Orioles
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
09/06/16 RF Aaron Hicks Hamstring 15-day DL (9/1)
09/03/16 P Chad Green Elbow out indefinitely
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 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 60-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees
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