Friday, September 16, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: R.A. Dickey vs. Jered Weaver
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Angel Stadium on Friday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays and Jered Weaver for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at -133 and Los Angeles at +123. The over/under was set at 9. The Blue Jays have a 60-79-6 over/under record and a 72-73-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Angels are 71-74-0 against the run line and have a 63-77-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 79-66 record, including 37-34 on the road. Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey has a 9-14 record with an earned run average of 4.60 and a WHIP of 1.36. He has 121 strikeouts over his 164.1 innings pitched and he has given up 162 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.12. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 410 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen while being struck out 425 times and walking 120 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.96. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 1,220 base hits and 575 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 407 batters and struck out 1,177. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team, Toronto is batting .248, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .234 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.42 hits per game. Josh Donaldson comes into this game hitting .284 and his on-base percentage is at .400. He has 147 hits this season along with 112 runs scored and 92 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 95 times. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .264 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 142 hits so far while scoring 90 runs and he's driven in 116. He has walked 74 times and has struck out 123 times. The Blue Jays have 1,221 hits, including 250 doubles and 205 home runs. They've stolen 44 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. Toronto has walked 543 times this season and they've struck out 1,225 times as a unit. They've left 981 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.79 runs per contest and have scored a total of 695 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 33-38 home record and a 63-82 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.25, Jered Weaver has a 11-11 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 90 strikeouts over the 161 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 195 hits. He has allowed 10.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.76. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 478 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 396 times and walking 165 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.73 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.29 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,337 base knocks and 629 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 195 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 444 hitters and struck out 1,022. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.40 while their FIP as a staff is 4.69.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .249 average at home. The Angels hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Yunel Escobar comes into this matchup batting .315 and he has an OBP of .367. He has 146 hits this year along with 60 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 58 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Mike Trout is hitting .317 and he has an OBP of .434. He has collected 157 hits so far while he's scored 110 runs and drove in 89. He has earned a walk 98 times and has punched out 126 times. The Angels as a unit have 1,274 base hits, including 239 doubles and 146 homers. They have 57 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 410 times this year and they have struck out 884 times. They've had 919 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They score 4.4 runs per game and have totaled 638 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 60-79-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 72-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 63-77-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 71-74-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
09/14/16 3B Josh Donaldson Hip doubtful Thursday vs. Los Angeles Angels
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Los Angeles Angels
09/15/16 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm expected to miss a week
09/14/16 SS Andrelton Simmons Hand "?" Thursday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
09/06/16 P Matt Shoemaker Head 60-day DL (9/5), out for season
09/05/16 P Huston Street Knee 60-day DL (8/2); out for season
08/18/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (8/15)
08/10/16 P Cam Bedrosian Blood Clot 15-day DL (8/4), out for season
07/20/16 P Nick Tropeano Elbow 60-day DL (7/19)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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