Saturday, September 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Ricky Nolasco
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Angel Stadium on Saturday to take on the Los Angeles Angels. The probable pitchers are Francisco Liriano for the Blue Jays and Ricky Nolasco for the Angels. The Blue Jays have a 61-79-6 over/under mark and a 73-73-0 run line record, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Angels are 71-75-0 against the run line and have a 63-77-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 49% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this game with a 80-66 record, and they are 38-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 7-12 record with an ERA of 5.16 and a WHIP of 1.54. He has 148 strikeouts during his 144.2 innings pitched and he has given up 142 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.19. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have allowed 413 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the pen while they've been struck out 427 times and walked 120 times this year. As a unit, Toronto has given up 8.38 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.08 hitters per nine. They are 7th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.94. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 1,226 base hits and 576 earned runs. They have allowed 174 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 410 batters and struck out 1,182. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.13.
As a team, Toronto is hitting .248, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .235 average on the road. The Blue Jays have a .431 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .327 which is good for 9th in the league. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.43 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this game hitting .288 and his on-base percentage is at .405. He has 150 hits this season along with 114 runs scored and 92 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 97 times. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .264 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 143 hits so far while scoring 91 runs and he's driven in 116. He has walked 75 times and has struck out 124 times. The Blue Jays have 1,231 hits, including 253 doubles and 206 home runs. They've stolen 44 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 21 times. Toronto has walked 549 times this season and they've struck out 1,233 times as a unit. They've left 987 men on base and have a team OPS of .758. They score 4.81 runs per contest and have scored a total of 702 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this game with a 33-39 home mark and a 63-83 overall record. With an ERA of 4.94, Ricky Nolasco has a 5-14 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He has 128 strikeouts over the 176.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 187 hits. He has allowed 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.34. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.86 and they have given up 484 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 401 times and walking 168 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.31 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,347 base knocks and 636 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 196 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 450 hitters and struck out 1,030. They give up a walk 3.2 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 4.70.
As a team, they are batting .249, 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 22nd in baseball with 8.46 hits per contest. Yunel Escobar comes into this matchup batting .311 and he has an OBP of .363. He has 146 hits this year along with 60 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 59 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Mike Trout is hitting .316 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 100 times and has punched out 126 times. The Angels as a unit have 1,280 base hits, including 239 doubles and 147 homers. They have 57 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 413 times this year and they have struck out 889 times. They've had 927 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.38 runs per game and have totaled 640 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 61-79-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 73-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 63-77-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 71-75-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
Los Angeles Angels
09/16/16 P Tyler Skaggs Forearm out indefinitely
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
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels
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