Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Picks 8/22/2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jacob Waguespack vs. Kenta Maeda
Max Muncy and the Los Angeles Dodgers (83-44, 1st in NL West) host the Toronto Blue Jays (52-76, 4th in AL East) at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, August 22, 2019. The odds on this game have the Blue Jays coming in at +255 and the Dodgers are at -285. The O/U has been set at 8.5.
The Blue Jays have been a terrible choice for MLB wagerers, having gone 52-76-0 SU. The Dodgers are covering 65.3% of the time, going 83-44-0 straight up.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have been a hot and cold Over option for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 59-64-5.
The Blue Jays are covering 42.2% of the time as the road team, having gone 27-37-0 straight up.
Important Los Angeles Dodgers Betting Trends
The Dodgers are covering 75.4% of the time at Dodger Stadium, going 49-16-0 SU.
The Dodgers have been a hot and cold Over option for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 61-61-5.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
8/20/2019 Nick Kingham RP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/16/2019 Lourdes Gurriel LF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/11/2019 Ryan Borucki SP Elbow Out for the season
8/9/2019 Elvis Luciano RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
8/7/2019 Ryan Tepera RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/7/2019 Devon Travis 2B Knee Out for the season
8/7/2019 Clay Buchholz SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/7/2019 Clayton Richard SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/27/2019 Luke Maile C Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 21
7/22/2019 Matt Shoemaker SP Knee Out for the season
Key Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
8/20/2019 Kristopher Negron CF Neck Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/18/2019 Ross Stripling RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/13/2019 Tyler White 1B Upper Body Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/6/2019 Alex Verdugo CF Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
8/4/2019 David Freese 1B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/2/2019 Scott Alexander RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 23
7/14/2019 Rich Hill SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 52-76 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jacob Waguespack has a 4-1 record with an earned run average of 4.20 and a WHIP of 1.31 this season. He has 35 strikeouts over his 45 innings pitched and he's given up 45 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.52. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.36 and they have given up 517 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen and they've struck out 561 hitters and walked 238 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.78. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 1,154 base hits and 603 earned runs. They have allowed 182 home runs this season, ranking them 13th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 473 batters and struck out 1,039. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.85.
As a team Toronto is hitting .237, good for 29th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Randal Grichuk is hitting .238 with an on-base percentage of .293. He has 109 hits this season in 458 at bats with 58 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .445 and an OPS+ of 94. Justin Smoak is hitting .213 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .351. He has totaled 74 hits and he has driven in 52 men in 348 at bats. His OPS+ is 105 while his slugging percentage is at .414. The Blue Jays have 1,031 hits, including 210 doubles and 198 home runs. Toronto has walked 396 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,165 times as a unit. They have left 779 men on base and have a team OPS of .733. They score 4.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 580 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Los Angeles has a 83-44 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.18, Kenta Maeda has a 8-8 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 137 strikeouts over the 127 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 99 hits. He's allowing 7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.01. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.15 and they have given up 343 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Dodgers bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 402 batters and walked 141 opposing hitters. As a team, Los Angeles allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 3.35. The Dodgers pitchers as a team have surrendered 957 base knocks and 421 earned runs this season. They have given up 144 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 297 hitters and struck out 1,156 batters. They give up a walk 2.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.11 while their FIP as a staff is 3.74.Related: Robert Ferringo teaches you 4 reasons you should be betting NFL Preseason on this exclusive YouTube Video - Here
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 9th in the league. The Dodgers hold a .479 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .343, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Max Muncy comes into this matchup batting .260 with an OBP of .374. He has 109 hits this year along with 86 RBI in 420 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .536 with an OPS+ of 137. Cody Bellinger is hitting .320 this season and he has an OBP of .418. He has collected 141 hits in 441 at bats while driving in 100 runs. He has an OPS+ of 182 and a slugging percentage of .673. The Dodgers as a unit have 1,129 base hits, including 237 doubles and 223 homers. Los Angeles has walked 495 times this year and they have struck out on 1,037 occasions. They have had 910 men left on base and have an OPS of .823. They have scored 5.58 runs per game and totaled 709 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Dodgers MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays (+255)
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