Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Archer vs. Marcus Stroman
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Rogers Centre on Tuesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Chris Archer for the Rays and Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +128 and Toronto at -138. The over/under was set at 8. The Rays have a 11-20-4 over/under record and a 16-19-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Blue Jays are 21-18-0 against the run line and have a 12-24-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Rays head into this matchup with a 16-19 record, including 6-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Archer has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 4.57 and a WHIP of 1.55. He has 54 strikeouts over his 43.1 innings pitched and he has given up 46 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.44. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.59 and they have given up 84 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the bullpen while being struck out 92 times and walking 38 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.76 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.63 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 268 base hits and 129 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 95 batters and struck out 298. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.17 and their FIP as a unit is 4.07.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .221, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .233 average away from home. The Rays hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.31 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .248 and his on-base percentage is at .296. He has 35 hits this season along with 19 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. He's struck out 37 times and has walked 9 times. Steven Souza is hitting .256 and he has an on-base percentage of .315. He has totaled 30 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 16. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 46 times. The Rays have 256 hits, including 60 doubles and 50 home runs. They've stolen 16 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Tampa Bay has walked 104 times this season and they've struck out 332 times as a unit. They've left 235 men on base and have a team OPS of .703. They score 3.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 128 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 9-10 home record and a 19-20 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.54, Marcus Stroman has a 4-0 record and a 1.09 WHIP. He has 41 strikeouts over the 56 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 46 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.4. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.56 and they have given up 97 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 92 times and walking 34 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.06 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.41 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.32. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 313 base knocks and 129 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 35 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 120 hitters and struck out 288. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.87.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .250 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 7.95 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .258 and he has an OBP of .364. He has 39 hits this year along with 34 runs scored and 21 RBI. He's struck out 36 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Kevin Pillar is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .314. He has collected 41 hits so far while he's scored 15 runs and drove in 15. He has earned a walk 4 times and has punched out 21 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 310 base hits, including 66 doubles and 45 homers. They have 14 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Toronto as a team has walked 142 times this year and they have struck out 343 times. They've had 263 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They score 4.13 runs per game and have totaled 161 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 11-20-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 16-19-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 12-24-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 21-18-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
05/14/16 2B Logan Forsythe Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
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 60-day DL (3/25)
Toronto Blue Jays
05/15/16 P Brett Cecil Tricep 15-day DL (5/15)
04/22/16 1B Chris Colabello Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Arm 15-day DL (4/7)
04/04/16 P Aaron Loup Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 2B Devon Travis Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Bo Schultz Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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