Sunday, October 9, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Colby Lewis vs. Aaron Sanchez
The Texas Rangers head to Rogers Centre on Sunday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. Toronto leads the series 2-0. The probable pitchers are Colby Lewis for the Rangers and Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this game has Texas at +169 and Toronto at -200. The over/under is 9.5. The Rangers have a 79-73-10 over/under mark and a 83-79-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Blue Jays are 79-83-0 against the run line and have a 63-93-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Rangers head into this game with a 95-67 record, and they are 42-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Colby Lewis has a 6-5 record with an ERA of 3.71 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 73 strikeouts during his 116.1 innings pitched and he has given up 103 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.81. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.40 and they have allowed 521 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the pen while they've been struck out 425 times and walked 190 times this year. As a unit, Texas has given up 8.99 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 hitters per nine. They are 22nd in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.37. The Rangers pitchers have collectively given up 1,441 base hits and 700 earned runs. They have allowed 201 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a pitching staff has walked 534 batters and struck out 1,154. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.58.
As a team, Texas is hitting .262, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .245 average on the road. The Rangers have a .433 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .322 which is good for 15th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.93 hits per contest. Carlos Beltran comes into this game hitting .295 and his on-base percentage is at .337. He has 163 hits this season along with 73 runs scored and 93 runs batted in. He's struck out 101 times and has walked 35 times. Rougned Odor is hitting .271 and he has an on-base percentage of .296. He has totaled 164 hits so far while scoring 89 runs and he's driven in 88. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 135 times. The Rangers have 1,446 hits, including 257 doubles and 215 home runs. They've stolen 99 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 36 times. Texas has walked 436 times this season and they've struck out 1,220 times as a unit. They've left 1,038 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.72 runs per contest and have scored a total of 765 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 46-35 home mark and a 89-73 overall record. With an ERA of 3.00, Aaron Sanchez has a 15-2 record and a 1.17 WHIP. He has 161 strikeouts over the 192 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 161 hits. He has allowed 7.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.55. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have given up 452 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 472 times and walking 136 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.78. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,340 base knocks and 613 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 183 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 461 hitters and struck out 1,314. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.05.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .260 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.38 hits per contest. Jose Bautista comes into this matchup batting .234 and he has an OBP of .366. He has 99 hits this year along with 68 runs scored and 69 RBI. He's struck out 103 times and has walked on 87 occasions. Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .254 and he has an OBP of .318. He has collected 125 hits so far while he's scored 54 runs and drove in 79. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 101 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 1,358 base hits, including 276 doubles and 221 homers. They have 54 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 24 times. Toronto as a team has walked 632 times this year and they have struck out 1,362 times. They've had 1,120 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.69 runs per game and have totaled 759 runs so far this season.
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 79-73-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 83-79-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 63-93-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 79-83-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/24/16 P Shawn Tolleson Back 60-day DL (8/23)
08/18/16 P Lucas Harrell Groin 60-day DL (8/17)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
Toronto Blue Jays
10/08/16 P Francisco Liriano Concussion "?" Sunday vs. Texas Rangers
10/07/16 2B Devon Travis Knee "?" Sunday vs. Texas Rangers
09/27/16 P Joaquin Benoit Calf out indefinitely
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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