Monday, May 2, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: A.J. Griffin vs. R.A. Dickey
The Texas Rangers visit Rogers Centre on Monday to play the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable starters are A.J. Griffin for the Rangers and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The Rangers have a 11-12-1 over/under record and a 13-11-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Blue Jays are 13-12-0 against the run line and have a 8-15-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
The Rangers head into this matchup with a 14-10 record, including 4-6 on the road. Starting pitcher A.J. Griffin has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 2.52 and a WHIP of 1.04. He has 17 strikeouts over his 25 innings pitched and he has given up 17 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.81. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the bullpen while being struck out 60 times and walking 21 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.39 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.58 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.61. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 200 base hits and 86 earned runs. They have allowed 35 home runs this season and they allow 1.5 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 76 batters and struck out 157. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.93.
As a team, Texas is batting .255, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .241 average away from home. The Rangers hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .255 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.38 hits per game. Adrian Beltre comes into this game hitting .289 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 26 hits this season along with 10 runs scored and 14 runs batted in. He's struck out 7 times and has walked 8 times. Elvis Andrus is hitting .329 and he has an on-base percentage of .361. He has totaled 25 hits so far while scoring 8 runs and he's driven in 13. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 9 times. The Rangers have 201 hits, including 44 doubles and 20 home runs. They've stolen 11 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Texas has walked 64 times this season and they've struck out 175 times as a unit. They've left 143 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 4.42 runs per contest and have scored a total of 106 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this matchup with a 5-7 home record and a 11-14 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.75, R.A. Dickey has a 1-3 record and a 1.65 WHIP. He has 22 strikeouts over the 26.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 33 hits. He has allowed 11.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.1. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.10 and they have given up 68 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .267 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 63 times and walking 21 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 211 base knocks and 95 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 74 hitters and struck out 183. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 3.93.
As a team, they are batting .232, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .251 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .232 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.6 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .292 and he has an OBP of .387. He has 28 hits this year along with 24 runs scored and 20 RBI. He's struck out 26 times and has walked on 13 occasions. Jose Bautista is hitting .250 and he has an OBP of .393. He has collected 21 hits so far while he's scored 16 runs and drove in 18. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 20 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 190 base hits, including 41 doubles and 29 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 2 times. Toronto as a team has walked 90 times this year and they have struck out 232 times. They've had 164 men left on base and have an OPS of .709. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 100 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 11-12-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 13-11-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 8-15-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 13-12-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/01/16 P Cole Hamels Groin expected to start Sunday vs. Los Angeles Angels
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 15-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 C Chris Gimenez Ankle 15-day DL (3/27)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Toronto Blue Jays
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 Blue Jays
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