Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. CC Sabathia
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Yankee Stadium on Wednesday 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 -160 and New York at +150. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Blue Jays have a 46-68-5 over/under record and a 61-58-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Yankees are 57-61-0 against the run line and have a 51-58-9 over/under record. They cover the spread 48% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 67-52 record, including 31-26 on the road. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has a 16-3 record with an earned run average of 2.96 and a WHIP of 1.14. He has 124 strikeouts over his 143 innings pitched and he has given up 120 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.75. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 321 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen while being struck out 330 times and walking 95 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.22 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.98 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 987 base hits and 446 earned runs. They have allowed 132 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 331 batters and struck out 958. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 4.00.
As a team, Toronto is batting .246, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .230 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.38 hits per game. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this game hitting .268 and his on-base percentage is at .358. He has 118 hits this season along with 74 runs scored and 97 runs batted in. He's struck out 106 times and has walked 59 times. Josh Donaldson is hitting .291 and he has an on-base percentage of .400. He has totaled 129 hits so far while scoring 93 runs and he's driven in 79. He has walked 75 times and has struck out 90 times. The Blue Jays have 997 hits, including 204 doubles and 169 home runs. They've stolen 38 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 17 times. Toronto has walked 446 times this season and they've struck out 1,012 times as a unit. They've left 806 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 567 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 35-25 home record and a 61-57 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.20, CC Sabathia has a 7-9 record and a 1.38 WHIP. He has 98 strikeouts over the 124.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 122 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.42. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.30 and they have given up 287 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .212 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 428 times and walking 114 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.58 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.96 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.23. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 991 base knocks and 489 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 152 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 306 hitters and struck out 1,035. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.04.
As a team, they are batting .250, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .250 average at home. The Yankees hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.38 hits per contest. Didi Gregorius comes into this matchup batting .285 and he has an OBP of .314. He has 115 hits this year along with 50 runs scored and 52 RBI. He's struck out 56 times and has walked on 14 occasions. Brett Gardner is hitting .263 and he has an OBP of .352. He has collected 104 hits so far while he's scored 61 runs and drove in 29. He has earned a walk 50 times and has punched out 86 times. The Yankees as a unit have 989 base hits, including 175 doubles and 123 homers. They have 53 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. New York as a team has walked 339 times this year and they have struck out 845 times. They've had 783 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They score 4.14 runs per game and have totaled 488 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 46-68-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 61-58-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 51-58-9 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 57-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
08/11/16 RF Jose Bautista Knee 15-day DL (8/10)
08/09/16 CF Kevin Pillar Thumb 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 RF Ezequiel Carrera Achilles 15-day DL (8/1)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
New York Yankees
08/13/16 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 15-day DL (8/11)
05/31/16 LF Dustin Ackley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/29), out for season
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
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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