Monday, August 1, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Marcus Stroman vs. Doug Fister
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Minute Maid Park on Monday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays and Doug Fister for the Astros. The Blue Jays have a 43-56-5 over/under record and a 54-50-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Astros are 46-57-0 against the run line and have a 45-52-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 59-45 record, including 27-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has a 8-4 record with an earned run average of 4.92 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 101 strikeouts over his 135.1 innings pitched and he has given up 145 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.93. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 279 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen while being struck out 277 times and walking 80 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.24 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.83 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 862 base hits and 400 earned runs. They have allowed 123 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 289 batters and struck out 819. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team, Toronto is batting .251, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .238 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .332 which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.53 hits per game. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this game hitting .267 and his on-base percentage is at .357. He has 102 hits this season along with 65 runs scored and 89 runs batted in. He's struck out 90 times and has walked 52 times. Josh Donaldson is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .412. He has totaled 117 hits so far while scoring 87 runs and he's driven in 74. He has walked 69 times and has struck out 76 times. The Blue Jays have 887 hits, including 186 doubles and 148 home runs. They've stolen 33 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 15 times. Toronto has walked 400 times this season and they've struck out 857 times as a unit. They've left 707 men on base and have a team OPS of .770. They score 4.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 516 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 32-21 home record and a 55-48 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.73, Doug Fister has a 10-7 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He has 77 strikeouts over the 123 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 114 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.62. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.09 and they have given up 292 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 366 times and walking 79 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 8.88 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.41 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 923 base knocks and 396 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 101 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 284 hitters and struck out 876. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 3.65.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .240 average at home. The Astros hold a .421 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.35 hits per contest. Carlos Correa comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .368. He has 101 hits this year along with 52 runs scored and 67 RBI. He's struck out 95 times and has walked on 54 occasions. Jose Altuve is hitting .358 and he has an OBP of .424. He has collected 145 hits so far while he's scored 77 runs and drove in 62. He has earned a walk 45 times and has punched out 43 times. The Astros as a unit have 860 base hits, including 181 doubles and 133 homers. They have 78 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. Houston as a team has walked 380 times this year and they have struck out 946 times. They've had 706 men left on base and have an OPS of .743. They score 4.54 runs per game and have totaled 468 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-56-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 54-50-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 45-52-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 46-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
07/02/16 2B Ryan Goins Forearm 15-day DL (7/2)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
07/29/16 P Doug Fister Personal expected to go on the paternity leave list
07/29/16 3B Luis Valbuena Hamstring 15-day DL (7/27)
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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