Sunday, July 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. Rich Hill
The Toronto Blue Jays visit O.co Coliseum on Sunday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays and Rich Hill for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +103 and Oakland at -113. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Blue Jays have a 36-52-4 over/under record and a 48-44-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Athletics are 48-42-0 against the run line and have a 44-43-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 51-41 record, including 24-21 on the road. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has a 12-3 record with an earned run average of 3.36 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 89 strikeouts over his 112.1 innings pitched and he has given up 103 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.03. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 247 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the bullpen while being struck out 246 times and walking 72 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.79 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 769 base hits and 351 earned runs. They have allowed 107 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 258 batters and struck out 720. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.15.
As a team, Toronto is batting .253, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .236 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.62 hits per game. Josh Donaldson comes into this game hitting .303 and his on-base percentage is at .418. He has 103 hits this season along with 81 runs scored and 64 runs batted in. He's struck out 69 times and has walked 63 times. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .264 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 89 hits so far while scoring 57 runs and he's driven in 80. He has walked 46 times and has struck out 78 times. The Blue Jays have 793 hits, including 160 doubles and 131 home runs. They've stolen 31 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 14 times. Toronto has walked 355 times this season and they've struck out 766 times as a unit. They've left 638 men on base and have a team OPS of .772. They score 4.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 454 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 18-26 home record and a 39-51 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.25, Rich Hill has a 9-3 record and a 1.09 WHIP. He has 90 strikeouts over the 76 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 55 hits. He has allowed 6.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.57. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.22 and they have given up 304 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 292 times and walking 103 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.65 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.74. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 837 base knocks and 419 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 105 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 289 hitters and struck out 676. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.42 while their FIP as a staff is 4.41.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .244 average at home. The Athletics hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.59 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .283 and he has an OBP of .334. He has 78 hits this year along with 26 runs scored and 25 RBI. He's struck out 50 times and has walked on 22 occasions. Danny Valencia is hitting .306 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 78 hits so far while he's scored 40 runs and drove in 33. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 58 times. The Athletics as a unit have 773 base hits, including 142 doubles and 93 homers. They have 36 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 13 times. Oakland as a team has walked 225 times this year and they have struck out 604 times. They've had 567 men left on base and have an OPS of .704. They score 4.16 runs per game and have totaled 374 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 36-52-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 48-44-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 44-43-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 48-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
07/07/16 P Marco Estrada Back 15-day DL (7/3)
07/02/16 2B Ryan Goins Forearm 15-day DL (7/2)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
06/17/16 RF Jose Bautista Toe 15-day DL (6/17)
04/22/16 1B Chris Colabello Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Shoulder 60-day DL (4/7)
07/15/16 P Rich Hill Hand "?" next start
07/04/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 15-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
07/01/16 P Sean Doolittle Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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