Wednesday, September 14, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Alex Cobb vs. Marco Estrada
The Tampa Bay Rays visit Rogers Centre on Wednesday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are Alex Cobb for the Rays and Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Tampa Bay at +178 and Toronto at -188. The over/under was set at 9. The Rays have a 71-65-7 over/under record and a 65-78-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Blue Jays are 72-71-0 against the run line and have a 59-78-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Rays head into this matchup with a 60-83 record, including 25-43 on the road. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb has a 0-0 record with an earned run average of 4.09 and a WHIP of 1.27. He has 8 strikeouts over his 11 innings pitched and he has given up 13 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.32. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 427 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen while being struck out 406 times and walking 169 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.64 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Rays pitchers have collectively given up 1,229 base hits and 591 earned runs. They have allowed 186 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a pitching staff has walked 433 batters and struck out 1,209. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.24.
As a team, Tampa Bay is batting .244, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .253 average away from home. The Rays hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.24 hits per game. Logan Forsythe comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .352. He has 122 hits this season along with 68 runs scored and 48 runs batted in. He's struck out 102 times and has walked 42 times. Evan Longoria is hitting .275 and he has an on-base percentage of .322. He has totaled 153 hits so far while scoring 72 runs and he's driven in 86. He has walked 39 times and has struck out 130 times. The Rays have 1,179 hits, including 249 doubles and 196 home runs. They've stolen 52 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 33 times. Tampa Bay has walked 406 times this season and they've struck out 1,294 times as a unit. They've left 940 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.2 runs per contest and have scored a total of 601 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 42-30 home record and a 79-64 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.68, Marco Estrada has a 8-8 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 139 strikeouts over the 151.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 119 hits. He has allowed 7.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.28. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 398 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 418 times and walking 117 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.38 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.09 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,200 base knocks and 561 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 169 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 397 hitters and struck out 1,159. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.10.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this matchup batting .267 and he has an OBP of .358. He has 142 hits this year along with 90 runs scored and 115 RBI. He's struck out 121 times and has walked on 73 occasions. Josh Donaldson is hitting .284 and he has an OBP of .400. He has collected 147 hits so far while he's scored 112 runs and drove in 92. He has earned a walk 95 times and has punched out 103 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,210 base hits, including 248 doubles and 204 homers. They have 44 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Toronto as a team has walked 537 times this year and they have struck out 1,212 times. They've had 968 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.84 runs per game and have totaled 692 runs so far this season.
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 71-65-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 65-78-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 59-78-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 72-71-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Tampa Bay Rays
09/13/16 1B Logan Morrison Wrist out for season
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)
Toronto Blue Jays
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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