Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jake Odorizzi vs. R.A. Dickey
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Rogers Centre on Wednesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Jake Odorizzi for the Rays and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +130 and Toronto at -140. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Rays have a 12-20-4 over/under record and a 17-19-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Blue Jays are 21-19-0 against the run line and have a 13-24-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 17-19 record, including 7-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi has a 0-2 record with an earned run average of 3.83 and a WHIP of 1.23. He has 36 strikeouts over his 44.2 innings pitched and he has given up 46 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.84. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.54 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen while being struck out 93 times and walking 38 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.77 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.59 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.69. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 276 base hits and 131 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 99 batters and struck out 305. 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 4.05.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .228, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .247 average away from home. The Rays hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 30th in baseball with 7.58 hits per game. Evan Longoria comes into this game hitting .250 and his on-base percentage is at .301. He has 36 hits this season along with 21 runs scored and 19 runs batted in. He's struck out 38 times and has walked 10 times. Steven Souza is hitting .270 and he has an on-base percentage of .326. He has totaled 33 hits so far while scoring 17 runs and he's driven in 17. He has walked 10 times and has struck out 46 times. The Rays have 273 hits, including 64 doubles and 54 home runs. They've stolen 16 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Tampa Bay has walked 107 times this season and they've struck out 340 times as a unit. They've left 240 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 3.92 runs per contest and have scored a total of 141 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 9-11 home record and a 19-21 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.31, R.A. Dickey has a 2-4 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts over the 48 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 48 hits. He has allowed 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.03. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 107 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .261 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 98 times and walking 36 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.43 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 330 base knocks and 142 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 39 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 123 hitters and struck out 296. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 4.00.
As a team, they are batting .238, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .250 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 7.95 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .260 and he has an OBP of .363. He has 40 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 .270 and he has an OBP of .304. 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 22 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 318 base hits, including 68 doubles and 45 homers. They have 14 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Toronto as a team has walked 146 times this year and they have struck out 350 times. They've had 271 men left on base and have an OPS of .715. They score 4.08 runs per game and have totaled 163 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 12-20-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 17-19-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 13-24-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 21-19-0 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)
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