Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 8/24/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 24, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. Alex Cobb
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Tropicana Field on Thursday, August 24, 2017 to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are J.A. Happ for the Blue Jays and Alex Cobb for the Rays.
The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +105 and Tampa Bay at -115. The Blue Jays have a 58-61-6 over/under record and a 57-68-0 run line mark. The Rays are 62-65-0 against the run line and have a 63-61-3 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 58-61-6 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 57-68-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 63-61-3 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 62-65-0 against the run line
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
08/22/17 P Nick Tepesch Paternity List out indefinitely
08/12/17 C Russell Martin Oblique 10-day DL (08/12)
08/09/17 SS Troy Tulowitzki Ankle 60-day DL (07/29)
08/09/17 P Cesar Valdez Shoulder 10-day DL (08/08)
07/22/17 P Aaron Sanchez Blister 10-day DL (07/22)
07/05/17 C Luke Maile Knee 10-day DL (07/04)
07/01/17 2B Devon Travis Knee 60-day DL (06/06)
06/16/17 3B Chris Coghlan Wrist 10-day DL (06/16)
05/24/17 LF Anthony Alford Wrist 10-day DL (05/24)
05/20/17 CF Darrell Ceciliani Shoulder 10-day DL (05/19)
04/09/17 P Bo Schultz Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
04/03/17 CF Dalton Pompey Concussion 60-day DL (03/30)
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
08/21/17 P Jacob Faria Abdominal 10-day DL (08/17)
08/08/17 P Alex Cobb Toe 10-day DL (08/08)
06/26/17 P Diego Moreno Shoulder 60-day DL (05/22)
06/23/17 LF Colby Rasmus Hip 10-day DL (06/19)
06/13/17 P Matt Andriese Hip 60-day DL (06/11)
06/09/17 LF Rickie Weeks Jr. Shoulder 10-day DL (06/09)
06/01/17 P Kevin Gadea Elbow 60-day DL (03/26)
06/01/17 3B Matt Duffy Achilles 60-day DL (04/02)
06/01/17 P Shawn Tolleson Elbow 60-day DL (04/01)
05/18/17 P Xavier Cedeno Forearm 60-day DL (04/18)
04/01/17 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 60-day DL (03/10)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 59-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher J.A. Happ has a 6-9 record with an earned run average of 3.90 and a WHIP of 1.35. He has 101 strikeouts over his 101.2 innings pitched and he's given up 104 hits. He allows 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.04. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.32 and they have given up 408 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the bullpen and they've struck out 483 hitters and walked 172 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.54. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 1,124 base hits and 566 earned runs. They have allowed 152 home runs this season, ranking them 16th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 449 batters and struck out 1,063. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.31.
As a team Toronto is hitting .240, good for 29th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Kevin Pillar is hitting .253 with an on-base percentage of .302. He has 116 hits this season in 459 at bats with 32 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .401 and an OPS+ of 83. Justin Smoak is hitting .291 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .364. He has totaled 128 hits and he has driven in 80 men in 440 at bats. His OPS+ is 140 while his slugging percentage is at .568. The Blue Jays have 1,012 hits, including 201 doubles and 168 home runs. Toronto has walked 429 times so far this season and they have struck out 991 times as a unit. They have left 827 men on base and have a team OPS of .726. They score 4.27 runs per contest and have scored a total of 534 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 62-65 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.80, Alex Cobb has a 9-8 record and a 1.22 WHIP. He has 96 strikeouts over the 147 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 142 hits. He allows 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.3. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.07 and they have given up 358 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 359 batters and walked 158 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,045 base knocks and 512 earned runs this season. They have given up 150 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 405 hitters and struck out 1,029 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.22.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 25th in the league. The Rays hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Corey Dickerson comes into this matchup batting .284 with an OBP of .329. He has 137 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 483 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .497 with an OPS+ of 123. Logan Morrison is hitting .244 this season and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 100 hits in 410 at bats while driving in 68 runs. He has an OPS+ of 131 and a slugging percentage of .505. The Rays as a unit have 1,057 base hits, including 186 doubles and 174 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 442 times this year and they have struck out on 1,217 occasions. They have had 888 men left on base and have an OPS of .742. They have scored 4.28 runs per game and totaled 544 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays +105
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