Saturday, May 14, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Marco Estrada vs. Colby Lewis
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Globe Life Park on Saturday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays and Colby Lewis for the Rangers. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at -125 and Texas at +115. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Blue Jays have a 10-23-3 over/under record and a 20-16-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Rangers are 19-16-0 against the run line and have a 18-16-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this matchup with a 18-18 record, including 9-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Marco Estrada has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 2.39 and a WHIP of 1.09. He has 36 strikeouts over his 37.2 innings pitched and he has given up 27 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.33. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.60 and they have given up 91 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the bullpen while being struck out 90 times and walking 33 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.5 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.26. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 292 base hits and 117 earned runs. They have allowed 31 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 110 batters and struck out 269. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.81.
As a team, Toronto is batting .234, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .216 average away from home. The Blue Jays hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 7.75 hits per game. Josh Donaldson comes into this game hitting .285 and his on-base percentage is at .391. He has 39 hits this season along with 33 runs scored and 21 runs batted in. He's struck out 33 times and has walked 22 times. Kevin Pillar is hitting .275 and he has an on-base percentage of .315. He has totaled 38 hits so far while scoring 14 runs and he's driven in 13. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 21 times. The Blue Jays have 279 hits, including 57 doubles and 40 home runs. They've stolen 11 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 5 times. Toronto has walked 133 times this season and they've struck out 324 times as a unit. They've left 239 men on base and have a team OPS of .706. They score 4.03 runs per contest and have scored a total of 145 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 12-6 home record and a 20-15 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.20, Colby Lewis has a 2-0 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 32 strikeouts over the 45 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 45 hits. He has allowed 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.14. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.94 and they have given up 123 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .276 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 89 times and walking 47 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.88 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.96 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.14. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 311 base knocks and 145 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 45 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 127 hitters and struck out 244. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.75.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .280 average at home. The Rangers hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .282 and he has an OBP of .331. He has 37 hits this year along with 15 runs scored and 25 RBI. He's struck out 11 times and has walked on 10 occasions. Elvis Andrus is hitting .284 and he has an OBP of .325. He has collected 33 hits so far while he's scored 14 runs and drove in 14. He has earned a walk 7 times and has punched out 14 times. The Rangers as a unit have 312 base hits, including 64 doubles and 35 homers. They have 21 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Texas as a team has walked 95 times this year and they have struck out 250 times. They've had 220 men left on base and have an OPS of .737. They score 4.74 runs per game and have totaled 166 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 10-23-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 20-16-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 18-16-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 19-16-0 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)
05/08/16 P AJ Griffin Shoulder 15-day DL (5/8)
04/21/16 P Keone Kela Elbow 15-day DL (4/20)
04/11/16 C Robinson Chirinos Forearm 60-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Calf 15-day DL (4/9)
04/10/16 P Tanner Schepper Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Luke Jackson Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/03/16 P Yu Darvish Elbow 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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