Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. CC Sabathia
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Yankee Stadium on Thursday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays and CC Sabathia for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at -111 and New York at +101. The over/under was set at 9. The Blue Jays have a 16-28-3 over/under record and a 23-24-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Yankees are 22-22-0 against the run line and have a 19-21-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 22-25 record, including 13-12 on the road. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has a 5-2 record with an earned run average of 3.43 and a WHIP of 1.21. He has 37 strikeouts over his 57.2 innings pitched and he has given up 53 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.18. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the bullpen while being struck out 109 times and walking 39 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.24 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.38 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.67. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 386 base hits and 172 earned runs. They have allowed 46 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 137 batters and struck out 346. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team, Toronto is batting .233, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .227 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 7.81 hits per game. Josh Donaldson comes into this game hitting .246 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 43 hits this season along with 37 runs scored and 24 runs batted in. He's struck out 40 times and has walked 24 times. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .235 and he has an on-base percentage of .302. He has totaled 43 hits so far while scoring 19 runs and he's driven in 32. He has walked 17 times and has struck out 47 times. The Blue Jays have 367 hits, including 78 doubles and 58 home runs. They've stolen 15 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Toronto has walked 167 times this season and they've struck out 401 times as a unit. They've left 314 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 3.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 186 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 13-10 home record and a 22-22 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.41, CC Sabathia has a 3-2 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 34.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 34 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.15. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.20 and they have given up 105 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 159 times and walking 36 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.67 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.92 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 373 base knocks and 176 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 53 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 103 hitters and struck out 384. They give up a walk 2.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 3.81.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Yankees hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 7.98 hits per contest. Starlin Castro comes into this matchup batting .269 and he has an OBP of .303. He has 45 hits this year along with 13 runs scored and 18 RBI. He's struck out 30 times and has walked on 7 occasions. Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .281 and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 38 hits so far while he's scored 19 runs and drove in 15. He has earned a walk 12 times and has punched out 22 times. The Yankees as a unit have 351 base hits, including 64 doubles and 43 homers. They have 26 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 7 times. New York as a team has walked 135 times this year and they have struck out 310 times. They've had 290 men left on base and have an OPS of .692. They score 3.95 runs per game and have totaled 174 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 16-28-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 23-24-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 19-21-4 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 22-22-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
05/24/16 SS Troy Tulowitzki Quad left last game, "?" Wednesday vs. New York Yankees
05/15/16 P Brett Cecil Tricep 15-day DL (5/15)
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 Bo Schultz Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Aaron Loup Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 2B Devon Travis Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
New York Yankees
05/14/16 P Luis Severino Tricep 15-day DL (5/14)
05/04/16 DH Alex Rodriguez Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/03/16 RF Mason Williams Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 60-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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