Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees Expert MLB Picks 9/20/2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Jacob Waguespack vs. J.A. Happ
Justin Smoak and the Toronto Blue Jays (61-91, 4th in AL East) head to Yankee Stadium on Friday where they'll take on the New York Yankees (99-54, 1st in AL East). The odds on this contest have the Blue Jays coming in at +150 and the Yankees are at -160. The O/U has been set at 9.
The Blue Jays have been an inconsistent choice for baseball bettors, having gone 61-91-0 SU. The Yankees are covering 64.7% of the time, going 99-54-0 straight up.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have been a good Over pick for O/U wagerers, having gone 70-75-7.
Toronto is covering 39.0% of the time as a visitor, having gone 30-47-0 straight up.
Important New York Yankees Betting Trends
The Yankees are covering 70.1% of the time at Yankee Stadium, going 54-23-0 SU.
The Yankees have been a good Over pick for O/U wagerers, having gone 80-67-6.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
9/19/2019 Jordan Romano RP Ankle Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/18/2019 Tim Mayza RP Elbow Out for the season
9/18/2019 Vladimir Guerrero 3B Ribs
8/11/2019 Ryan Borucki SP Elbow Out for the season
8/7/2019 Devon Travis 2B Knee Out for the season
7/22/2019 Matt Shoemaker SP Knee Out for the season
Key New York Yankees Injuries
9/19/2019 Greg Bird 1B Foot Out for the season
9/19/2019 Jonathan Holder RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/18/2019 J.A SP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 19
9/18/2019 Cameron Maybin LF Wrist
9/18/2019 Dellin Betances RP Achilles
9/17/2019 Aaron Hicks CF Elbow Out for the season
9/13/2019 Edwin Encarnacion DH Oblique Expected to be out until at least Sep 27
9/13/2019 Gary Sanchez C Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 27
9/10/2019 Mike Tauchman LF Calf Out for the season
9/8/2019 Jacoby Ellsbury CF Foot Out for the season
9/1/2019 Jake Barrett RP Elbow Out for the season
9/1/2019 David Hale RP Back Out for the season
5/21/2019 Miguel Andujar DH Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 61-91 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jacob Waguespack has a 4-5 record with an earned run average of 4.70 and a WHIP of 1.39 this season. He has 52 strikeouts over his 67 innings pitched and he's given up 67 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.99. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.28 and they have given up 620 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen and they've struck out 675 hitters and walked 299 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 4.77. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 1,358 base hits and 713 earned runs. They have allowed 209 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 568 batters and struck out 1,228. They have walked 3.8 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 4.82.
As a team Toronto is hitting .237, good for 30th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Justin Smoak is hitting .208 with an on-base percentage of .344. He has 82 hits this season in 395 at bats with 56 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .403 and an OPS+ of 100. Randal Grichuk is hitting .234 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .284. He has totaled 129 hits and he has driven in 76 men in 551 at bats. His OPS+ is 95 while his slugging percentage is at .461. The Blue Jays have 1,220 hits, including 251 doubles and 228 home runs. Toronto has walked 480 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,411 times as a unit. They have left 943 men on base and have a team OPS of .731. They score 4.45 runs per contest and have scored a total of 677 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 99-54 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.07, J.A. Happ has a 12-8 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 130 strikeouts over the 151 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 152 hits. He's allowing 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.39. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have given up 563 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 686 batters and walked 247 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.34. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,301 base knocks and 657 earned runs this season. They have given up 235 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 482 hitters and struck out 1,432 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.50.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 2nd in the league. The Yankees hold a .492 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Gleyber Torres comes into this matchup batting .285 with an OBP of .345. He has 150 hits this year along with 90 RBI in 526 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .549 with an OPS+ of 134. Aaron Judge is hitting .269 this season and he has an OBP of .380. He has collected 95 hits in 353 at bats while driving in 52 runs. He has an OPS+ of 138 and a slugging percentage of .518. The Yankees as a unit have 1,425 base hits, including 276 doubles and 288 homers. New York has walked 544 times this year and they have struck out on 1,337 occasions. They have had 999 men left on base and have an OPS of .833. They have scored 5.86 runs per game and totaled 896 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees (-160)
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