Sunday, October 2, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Chase Whitley vs. Martin Perez
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Globe Life Park on Sunday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Chase Whitley for the Rays and Martin Perez for the Rangers. The Rays have a 78-74-8 over/under record and a 74-86-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Rangers are 83-77-0 against the run line and have a 79-72-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The Rays head into this matchup with a 66-94 record, including 30-49 on the road. Starting pitcher Chase Whitley has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 1.74 and a WHIP of 0.97. He has 11 strikeouts over his 10.1 innings pitched and he has given up 7 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.14. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 486 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the bullpen while being struck out 456 times and walking 194 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.83 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.51 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 1,381 base hits and 660 earned runs. They have allowed 208 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 484 batters and struck out 1,331. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.27.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .243, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .252 average away from home. The Rays hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 8.22 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .320. He has 171 hits this season along with 80 runs scored and 97 runs batted in. He's struck out 143 times and has walked 42 times. Logan Forsythe is hitting .265 and he has an on-base percentage of .336. He has totaled 133 hits so far while scoring 76 runs and he's driven in 52. He has walked 46 times and has struck out 126 times. The Rays have 1,315 hits, including 280 doubles and 215 home runs. They've stolen 60 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 36 times. Tampa Bay has walked 445 times this season and they've struck out 1,470 times as a unit. They've left 1,046 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.14 runs per contest and have scored a total of 662 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 53-26 home record and a 95-65 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.37, Martin Perez has a 10-11 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 101 strikeouts over the 195.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 198 hits. He has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.52. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.43 and they have given up 515 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 418 times and walking 188 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.22 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,423 base knocks and 695 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 200 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 530 hitters and struck out 1,142. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.59.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Rangers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 8.95 hits per contest. Ian Desmond comes into this matchup batting .284 and he has an OBP of .335. He has 177 hits this year along with 107 runs scored and 86 RBI. He's struck out 159 times and has walked on 44 occasions. Adrian Beltre is hitting .299 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 174 hits so far while he's scored 88 runs and drove in 104. He has earned a walk 48 times and has punched out 66 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,432 base hits, including 256 doubles and 213 homers. They have 96 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 36 times. Texas as a team has walked 429 times this year and they have struck out 1,194 times. They've had 1,021 men left on base and have an OPS of .757. They score 4.75 runs per game and have totaled 760 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 78-74-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 74-86-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 79-72-9 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 83-77-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/23/16 RF Steven Souza Hip 60-day DL (9/22); out for season
09/17/16 1B Logan Morrison Wrist 60-day DL (9/16)
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)
08/24/16 P Shawn Tolleson Back 60-day DL (8/23)
08/18/16 P Lucas Harrell Groin 60-day DL (8/17)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays
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