Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Marcus Stroman vs. Jake Odorizzi
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Tropicana Field on Sunday to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Marcus Stroman for the Blue Jays and Jake Odorizzi for the Rays. The Blue Jays have a 8-14-2 over/under record and a 12-12-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Rays are 10-12-0 against the run line and have a 5-14-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 11-13 record, including 6-6 on the road. Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 4.37 and a WHIP of 1.03. He has 19 strikeouts over his 35 innings pitched and he has given up 27 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.96. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.04 and they have given up 65 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .262 against the bullpen while being struck out 62 times and walking 21 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.44 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.87. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 202 base hits and 91 earned runs. They have allowed 22 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 71 batters and struck out 175. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.88.
As a team, Toronto is batting .237, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .223 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 7.79 hits per game. Josh Donaldson comes into this game hitting .298 and his on-base percentage is at .383. He has 28 hits this season along with 23 runs scored and 20 runs batted in. He's struck out 25 times and has walked 11 times. Jose Bautista is hitting .250 and he has an on-base percentage of .398. He has totaled 20 hits so far while scoring 15 runs and he's driven in 16. He has walked 21 times and has struck out 20 times. The Blue Jays have 187 hits, including 40 doubles and 27 home runs. They've stolen 9 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Toronto has walked 84 times this season and they've struck out 225 times as a unit. They've left 158 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 4.04 runs per contest and have scored a total of 97 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this matchup with a 7-7 home record and a 10-12 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.58, Jake Odorizzi has a 0-1 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 24 strikeouts over the 27.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 32 hits. He has allowed 10.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.82. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.98 and they have given up 50 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 49 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 7.67 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.15 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.33. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 166 base knocks and 72 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 26 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 48 hitters and struck out 198. They give up a walk 2.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.10 while their FIP as a staff is 3.60.
As a team, they are batting .222, good for 30th in the league while putting together a .210 average at home. The Rays hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290 which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.27 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup batting .231 and he has an OBP of .263. He has 21 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 9 RBI. He's struck out 20 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Logan Forsythe is hitting .316 and he has an OBP of .400. He has collected 25 hits so far while he's scored 13 runs and drove in 8. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 20 times. The Rays as a unit have 160 base hits, including 38 doubles and 25 homers. They have 11 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 57 times this year and they have struck out 205 times. They've had 144 men left on base and have an OPS of .672. They score 3.27 runs per game and have totaled 72 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 8-14-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 12-12-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 5-14-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 10-12-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
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 Aaron Loup Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 2B Devon Travis Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Bo Schultz Hip 15-day DL (3/25)
Tampa Bay Rays
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Brad Boxberge Abdominal 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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