Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays 5/5/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Aaron Sanchez vs. Jake Faria
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Tropicana Field on Saturday, May 5, 2018 to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The expected starting pitchers are Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays and Jake Faria for the Rays.
The odds for this matchup have Toronto at -108 and Tampa Bay at -102. The Blue Jays have a 17-13-2 over/under mark and a 19-13-0 run line record. The Rays are 16-13-0 against the run line and have a 17-12-0 over/under record.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 17-13-2 against the over/under
The Toronto Blue Jays are 19-13-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 17-12-0 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 16-13-0 against the run line
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
05/03/18 1B Justin Smoak Paternity List is out indefinitely
04/30/18 RF Randal Grichuk Knee 10-day DL (04/30)
03/29/18 CF Anthony Alford Hamstring 10-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 CF Dalton Pompey Wrist 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 SS Troy Tulowitzki Foot 60-day DL (03/29)
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
05/02/18 P Yonny Chirinos Forearm 10-day DL (04/29)
04/17/18 CF Kevin Kiermaier Thumb 60-day DL (04/16)
04/11/18 P Jose De Leon Elbow 60-day DL (03/28)
03/29/18 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 10-day DL (03/28)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 18-14 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 4.06 and a WHIP of 1.35 this year. He has 25 strikeouts over his 37.2 innings pitched and he's given up 33 hits. He allows 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.00 and they have given up 102 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen and they've struck out 109 hitters and walked 41 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.59. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 290 base hits and 146 earned runs. They have allowed 43 home runs this season, ranking them 6th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 109 batters and struck out 280. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.51.
As a team Toronto is hitting .237, good for 21st in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 20th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Yangervis Solarte is hitting .287 with an on-base percentage of .371. He has 33 hits this season in 115 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .574 and an OPS+ of 150. Kevin Pillar is hitting .322 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .373. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 121 at bats. His OPS+ is 147 while his slugging percentage is at .562. The Blue Jays have 260 hits, including 62 doubles and 48 home runs. Toronto has walked 128 times so far this season and they have struck out 282 times as a unit. They have left 221 men on base and have a team OPS of .760. They score 5.41 runs per contest and have scored a total of 173 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 13-16 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.60, Jake Faria has a 2-1 record and a 1.30 WHIP this season. He has 26 strikeouts over the 29.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 23 hits. He allows 7.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.38. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.78 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .258 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 108 batters and walked 47 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.41. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 247 base knocks and 127 earned runs this season. They have given up 28 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 97 hitters and struck out 249 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 3.97.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 3rd in the league. The Rays hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.1 hits per contest. Mallex Smith comes into this matchup batting .322 with an OBP of .385. He has 28 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 87 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .402 with an OPS+ of 123. C.J. Cron is hitting .265 this season and he has an OBP of .306. He has collected 30 hits in 113 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 120 and a slugging percentage of .496. The Rays as a unit have 263 base hits, including 43 doubles and 29 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 92 times this year and they have struck out on 258 occasions. They have had 203 men left on base and have an OPS of .735. They have scored 4.48 runs per game and totaled 130 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays -108
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