Thursday, October 6, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. Cole Hamels
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Globe Life Park on Thursday to take on the Texas Rangers. The probable pitchers are J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays and Cole Hamels for the Rangers. The Blue Jays have a 63-93-6 over/under mark and a 79-83-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Rangers are 83-79-0 against the run line and have a 79-73-10 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Blue Jays head into this game with a 89-73 record, and they are 43-38 on the road. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has a 20-4 record with an ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP of 1.17. He has 163 strikeouts during his 195 innings pitched and he has given up 168 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.96. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.11 and they have allowed 452 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the pen while they've been struck out 472 times and walked 136 times this year. As a unit, Toronto has given up 8.26 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 hitters per nine. They are 6th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.78. The Blue Jays pitchers have collectively given up 1,340 base hits and 613 earned runs. They have allowed 183 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 461 batters and struck out 1,314. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 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 .248, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .236 average on the road. The Blue Jays have a .426 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .330 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 24th in baseball with 8.38 hits per contest. Edwin Encarnacion comes into this game hitting .263 and his on-base percentage is at .357. He has 158 hits this season along with 99 runs scored and 127 runs batted in. He's struck out 138 times and has walked 87 times. Josh Donaldson is hitting .284 and he has an on-base percentage of .404. He has totaled 164 hits so far while scoring 122 runs and he's driven in 99. He has walked 109 times and has struck out 119 times. The Blue Jays have 1,358 hits, including 276 doubles and 221 home runs. They've stolen 54 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Toronto has walked 632 times this season and they've struck out 1,362 times as a unit. They've left 1,120 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.69 runs per contest and have scored a total of 759 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this game with a 53-28 home mark and a 95-67 overall record. With an ERA of 3.32, Cole Hamels has a 15-5 record and a 1.31 WHIP. He has 200 strikeouts over the 200.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 185 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.98. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.40 and they have given up 521 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 425 times and walking 190 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 8.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.37. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,441 base knocks and 700 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 201 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 534 hitters and struck out 1,154. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.58.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. The Rangers hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.93 hits per contest. Adrian Beltre comes into this matchup batting .300 and he has an OBP of .358. He has 175 hits this year along with 89 runs scored and 104 RBI. He's struck out 66 times and has walked on 48 occasions. Ian Desmond is hitting .285 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 178 hits so far while he's scored 107 runs and drove in 86. He has earned a walk 44 times and has punched out 160 times. The Rangers as a unit have 1,446 base hits, including 257 doubles and 215 homers. They have 99 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 36 times. Texas as a team has walked 436 times this year and they have struck out 1,220 times. They've had 1,038 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.72 runs per game and have totaled 765 runs so far this season.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 63-93-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 79-83-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 79-73-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 83-79-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
10/04/16 P Roberto Osuna Shoulder injured last game, "?" Thursday vs. Texas Rangers
09/27/16 P Joaquin Benoit Calf out indefinitely
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 60-day DL (6/26)
10/03/16 2B Rougned Odor Shin probable Thursday vs.
08/24/16 P Shawn Tolleson Back 60-day DL (8/23)
08/18/16 P Lucas Harrell Groin 60-day DL (8/17)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Rangers
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