Saturday, September 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Francisco Liriano vs. Chris Archer
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Tropicana Field on Saturday to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable pitchers are Francisco Liriano for the Blue Jays and Chris Archer for the Rays. The opening line for this game has Toronto at -124 and Tampa Bay at +114. The over/under is 8. The Blue Jays have a 53-74-6 over/under mark and a 71-62-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Rays are 59-73-0 against the run line and have a 63-62-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
The Blue Jays head into this game with a 76-57 record, and they are 36-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has a 7-12 record with an ERA of 5.22 and a WHIP of 1.58. He has 139 strikeouts during his 136.1 innings pitched and he has given up 136 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.14. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have allowed 363 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the pen while they've been struck out 373 times and walked 106 times this year. As a unit, Toronto has given up 8.3 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.01 hitters per nine. They are 5th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.79. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 1,110 base hits and 507 earned runs. They have allowed 152 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 367 batters and struck out 1,071. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 4.05.
As a team, Toronto is hitting .250, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .235 average on the road. The Blue Jays have a .440 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .329 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.53 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this game hitting .265 and his on-base percentage is at .357. He has 130 hits this season along with 83 runs scored and 106 runs batted in. He's struck out 116 times and has walked 69 times. Josh Donaldson is hitting .296 and he has an on-base percentage of .407. He has totaled 144 hits so far while scoring 106 runs and he's driven in 92. He has walked 86 times and has struck out 94 times. The Blue Jays have 1,135 hits, including 235 doubles and 196 home runs. They've stolen 41 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 19 times. Toronto has walked 495 times this season and they've struck out 1,122 times as a unit. They've left 895 men on base and have a team OPS of .768. They score 4.91 runs per contest and have scored a total of 653 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this game with a 32-37 home mark and a 56-76 overall record. With an ERA of 4.10, Chris Archer has a 8-17 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 202 strikeouts over the 169 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 154 hits. He has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.72. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 396 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 372 times and walking 144 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.79 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,136 base knocks and 536 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 170 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 392 hitters and struck out 1,125. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .234 average at home. The Rays hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310 which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.21 hits per contest. Logan Forsythe comes into this matchup batting .273 and he has an OBP of .340. He has 108 hits this year along with 61 runs scored and 46 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 35 occasions. Evan Longoria is hitting .285 and he has an OBP of .334. He has collected 146 hits so far while he's scored 69 runs and drove in 83. He has earned a walk 39 times and has punched out 120 times. The Rays as a unit have 1,084 base hits, including 236 doubles and 176 homers. They have 48 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 32 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 384 times this year and they have struck out 1,191 times. They've had 865 men left on base and have an OPS of .737. They score 4.2 runs per game and have totaled 555 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 53-74-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 71-62-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 63-62-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 59-73-0 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)
Tampa Bay Rays
08/28/16 P Blake Snell Foot "?" for next scheduled start
08/07/16 LF Desmond Jennings Knee 15-day DL (8/3); out for season
08/07/16 P Enny Romero Back 15-day DL (8/4)
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