Tuesday, September 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. Hisashi Iwakuma
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Safeco Field on Tuesday to play the Seattle Mariners. The probable starters are J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays and Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at -118 and Seattle at +108. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Blue Jays have a 61-82-6 over/under record and a 74-75-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Mariners are 74-75-0 against the run line and have a 75-68-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 81-68 record, including 39-36 on the road. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has a 19-4 record with an earned run average of 3.27 and a WHIP of 1.16. He has 152 strikeouts over his 176.1 innings pitched and he has given up 152 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.02. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.09 and they have given up 419 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 435 times and walking 126 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.07 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 1,252 base hits and 582 earned runs. They have allowed 175 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 421 batters and struck out 1,202. 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 4.11.
As a team, Toronto is batting .248, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .236 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.42 hits per game. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this game hitting .265 and his on-base percentage is at .354. He has 147 hits this season along with 93 runs scored and 118 runs batted in. He's struck out 130 times and has walked 75 times. Josh Donaldson is hitting .285 and he has an on-base percentage of .404. He has totaled 151 hits so far while scoring 114 runs and he's driven in 93. He has walked 100 times and has struck out 107 times. The Blue Jays have 1,255 hits, including 257 doubles and 208 home runs. They've stolen 46 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 21 times. Toronto has walked 564 times this season and they've struck out 1,259 times as a unit. They've left 1,015 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.75 runs per contest and have scored a total of 708 runs so far this year.
Seattle comes into this matchup with a 41-33 home record and a 79-70 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.87, Hisashi Iwakuma has a 16-11 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He has 132 strikeouts over the 186 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 197 hits. He has allowed 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.3. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.78 and they have given up 423 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the Mariners bullpen while being struck out 495 times and walking 166 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.74 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.06 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Mariners pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,298 base knocks and 602 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 198 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a staff has walked 422 hitters and struck out 1,197. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 4.34.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .259 average at home. The Mariners hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.93 hits per contest. Robinson Cano comes into this matchup batting .292 and he has an OBP of .344. He has 176 hits this year along with 95 runs scored and 87 RBI. He's struck out 90 times and has walked on 42 occasions. Kyle Seager is hitting .288 and he has an OBP of .369. He has collected 157 hits so far while he's scored 84 runs and drove in 95. He has earned a walk 63 times and has punched out 94 times. The Mariners as a unit have 1,330 base hits, including 231 doubles and 206 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Seattle as a team has walked 461 times this year and they have struck out 1,165 times. They've had 995 men left on base and have an OPS of .759. They score 4.75 runs per game and have totaled 708 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 61-82-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 74-75-0 against the run line so far this season
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 75-68-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 74-75-0 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)
07/30/16 P Nathan Karns Back 60-day DL (7/30)
06/30/16 C Steve Clevenger Hand 60-day DL (6/29)
06/25/16 P Adrian Sampson Elbow 60-day DL (6/24)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 60-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
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