Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Blake Snell vs. J.A. Happ
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Rogers Centre on Wednesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Blake Snell for the Rays and J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +180 and Toronto at -190. The over/under was set at 9. The Rays have a 48-56-7 over/under record and a 47-64-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 42% of the time. The Blue Jays are 58-55-0 against the run line and have a 44-64-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Rays head into this matchup with a 45-66 record, including 20-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Blake Snell has a 3-4 record with an earned run average of 2.95 and a WHIP of 1.40. He has 56 strikeouts over his 55 innings pitched and he has given up 50 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.04. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.52 and they have given up 344 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the bullpen while being struck out 296 times and walking 115 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.87 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.53 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 966 base hits and 456 earned runs. They have allowed 138 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 324 batters and struck out 929. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.13.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .239, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The Rays hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.04 hits per game. Logan Forsythe comes into this game hitting .278 and his on-base percentage is at .342. He has 93 hits this season along with 53 runs scored and 31 runs batted in. He's struck out 78 times and has walked 27 times. Evan Longoria is hitting .279 and he has an on-base percentage of .330. He has totaled 120 hits so far while scoring 56 runs and he's driven in 61. He has walked 33 times and has struck out 105 times. The Rays have 892 hits, including 191 doubles and 145 home runs. They've stolen 42 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 26 times. Tampa Bay has walked 332 times this season and they've struck out 1,000 times as a unit. They've left 741 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.01 runs per contest and have scored a total of 445 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 33-24 home record and a 64-49 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.09, J.A. Happ has a 15-3 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 117 strikeouts over the 137 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 116 hits. He has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.83. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have given up 300 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 311 times and walking 87 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.17 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 933 base knocks and 429 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 129 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 308 hitters and struck out 902. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.43 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this matchup batting .265 and he has an OBP of .354. He has 111 hits this year along with 69 runs scored and 94 RBI. He's struck out 99 times and has walked on 56 occasions. Josh Donaldson is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .406. He has collected 124 hits so far while he's scored 90 runs and drove in 77. He has earned a walk 73 times and has punched out 85 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 953 base hits, including 195 doubles and 160 homers. They have 35 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Toronto as a team has walked 430 times this year and they have struck out 959 times. They've had 775 men left on base and have an OPS of .758. They score 4.8 runs per game and have totaled 542 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 48-56-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 47-64-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 44-64-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 58-55-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
08/07/16 LF Desmond Jennings Knee 15-day DL (8/3)
08/07/16 P Enny Romero Back 15-day DL (8/4)
07/31/16 RF Oswaldo Arcia Elbow 15-day DL (7/27)
07/29/16 1B Logan Morrison Forearm 15-day DL (7/28)
06/21/16 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 15-day DL (6/19)
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Toronto Blue Jays
08/09/16 CF Kevin Pillar Thumb 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 RF Ezequiel Carrera Achilles 15-day DL (8/1)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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