Sunday, March 19, 2017
Charlotte Sports Park
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Probable Pitchers: Jerad Eickhoff vs. Blake Snell
The Philadelphia Phillies head to Charlotte Sports Park on Sunday, March 19, 2017 to take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a Spring Training game. The probable pitchers are Jerad Eickhoff for the Phillies and Blake Snell for the Rays.
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The opening line for this matchup has Philadelphia at +110 and Tampa Bay at -130. The Phillies had a 78-76-8 over/under record and a 83-79-0 run line mark last year, meaning they covered 51% of the time. The Rays were 76-86-0 against the run line and had a 78-75-9 over/under record. They covered the spread 47% of the time.
The Phillies had a 71-91 record in 2016, including 34-47 away from home. Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff had a 11-14 record with an ERA of 3.65 and a WHIP of 1.16. He had 167 strikeouts over his 197.1 innings pitched and he gave up 187 hits last season. He allowed 8.5 hits per 9 innings and he had a FIP of 4.19. The bullpen last year had an earned run average of 5.05 and they gave up 556 base hits on the year. Teams hit .266 against the bullpen while being struck out 513 times and walking 218 times last season. As a team, Philadelphia allowed 9.19 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.14 batters per nine innings. They were 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.63. The Phillies pitchers collectively gave up 1,468 base hits and 739 earned runs. They allowed 213 home runs last season and they allowed 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Philadelphia as a pitching staff walked 466 batters and struck out 1,299. They walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They had a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit was 4.35.
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As a team Philadelphia batted .240, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .250 average away from home. The Phillies held a .385 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .301 which was good for 29th in baseball. They ranked 28th in baseball with 8.06 hits per game. Cesar Hernandez is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .294 with an on-base percentage of .371. He had 161 hits last season along with 67 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He struck out 116 times and walked 66 times. Odubel Herrera hit .286 last year and he had an on-base percentage of .361. He totaled 167 hits while scoring 87 runs and he drove in 49. He walked 63 times and struck out on 134 occasions. The Phillies had 1,306 hits, including 231 doubles and 161 home runs. They stole 96 bases and were thrown out stealing 45 times. Philadelphia walked 424 times last season and they struck out 1,376 times as a unit. They left 1,043 men on base and had a team OPS of .685. They scored 3.77 runs per contest and scored a total of 610 runs last year.
Tampa Bay had a 36-45 home record and a 68-94 overall mark in 2016. With an earned run average of 3.54, Blake Snell had a 6-8 record and a 1.62 WHIP last season. He had 98 strikeouts over the 89 innings he pitched during which he gave up 93 hits. He allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stood at 3.39. Last season the bullpen had an earned run average of 4.09 and they gave up 491 base hits on the year. Teams hit .250 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 470 times and walking 201 times last season. As a team, Tampa Bay allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.56 batters per nine innings. They were 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.20. The Rays pitchers as a team surrendered 1,395 base knocks and 665 earned runs last season. They gave up 210 home runs last year and they gave up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff walked 491 hitters and struck out 1,357. They gave up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they struck out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP was 1.32 while their FIP as a staff was 4.26.
As a team, they batted .243, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .234 average at home. The Rays held a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which was good for 27th in baseball. They ranked 27th in baseball with 8.23 hits per contest. Evan Longoria comes into this matchup after batting .273 with an OBP of .318. He had 173 hits last year along with 81 runs scored and 98 RBI. He struck out 144 times and walked on 42 occasions. Colby Rasmus hit .206 in 2016 and he had an OBP of .286. He collected 76 hits while scoring 38 runs and driving in 54. He earned a walk 43 times and punched out 121 times. The Rays as a unit had 1,333 base hits, including 288 doubles and 216 homers. They had 60 stolen bases and were thrown out 37 times. Tampa Bay as a team walked 449 times last year and they struck out 1,482 times. They had 1,060 men left on base and had an OPS of .733. They scored 4.15 runs per game and totaled 672 runs last season.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies were 78-76-8 against the over/under last season
The Philadelphia Phillies were 83-79-0 against the run line last season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays were 78-75-9 against the over/under last season
The Tampa Bay Rays were 76-86-0 against the run line last season
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Josh's Pick: Take the Rays -130
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