Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Expert MLB Picks 8/7/2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Wilmer Font vs. Brendan McKay
Austin Meadows and the Tampa Bay Rays (65-49, 2nd in AL East) host the Toronto Blue Jays (46-69, 4th in AL East) at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
The Blue Jays have been very good for Las Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 46-69-0 SU. Tampa Bay covers 57.0% of the time, going 65-49-0 straight up.
Valuable Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Blue Jays have been a hot and cold Over choice for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 55-56-4.
The Blue Jays are covering 42.6% of the time away from home, having gone 26-35-0 straight up.
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
Tampa Bay covers 52.6% of the time at Tropicana Field, going 30-27-0 SU.
The Rays have been a hot and cold Over choice for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 51-55-8.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
8/3/2019 Nick Kingham RP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
8/3/2019 Ryan Borucki SP Elbow 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
7/24/2019 Clay Buchholz SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
7/23/2019 Devon Travis 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
7/23/2019 Clayton Richard SP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/22/2019 Matt Shoemaker SP Knee Out for the season
6/17/2019 Elvis Luciano RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 13
6/13/2019 Ryan Tepera RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/5/2019 Yonny Chirinos SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/4/2019 Brandon Lowe 2B Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/4/2019 Anthony Banda SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
8/3/2019 Jose Alvarado RP Oblique Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
7/31/2019 Joey Wendle 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
7/30/2019 Yandy Diaz 3B Foot Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
7/29/2019 Blake Snell SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
7/15/2019 Tyler Glasnow SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
4/2/2019 Jose Mujica SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 46-69 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Wilmer Font has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 4.91 and a WHIP of 1.33 this season. He has 53 strikeouts over his 55 innings pitched and he's given up 54 hits. He's allowed 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.03. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.17 and they have given up 444 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the bullpen and they've struck out 495 hitters and walked 203 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.71. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 1,040 base hits and 533 earned runs. They have allowed 155 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 423 batters and struck out 934. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.73.
As a team Toronto is hitting .237, good for 28th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .420 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304, which is good for 27th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Randal Grichuk is hitting .239 with an on-base percentage of .295. He has 98 hits this season in 410 at bats with 49 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .427 and an OPS+ of 91. Freddy Galvis is hitting .273 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .306. He has totaled 116 hits and he has driven in 54 men in 425 at bats. His OPS+ is 101 while his slugging percentage is at .456. The Blue Jays have 927 hits, including 182 doubles and 169 home runs. Toronto has walked 356 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,043 times as a unit. They have left 712 men on base and have a team OPS of .723. They score 4.46 runs per contest and have scored a total of 513 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 65-49 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.38, Brendan McKay has a 2-1 record and a 1.18 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 24.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 27 hits. He's allowing 9.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.83 and they have given up 468 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 528 batters and walked 188 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.54. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 891 base knocks and 408 earned runs this season. They have given up 125 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 323 hitters and struck out 1,103 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 3.69.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 11th in the league. The Rays hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.9 hits per contest. Austin Meadows comes into this matchup batting .284 with an OBP of .359. He has 99 hits this year along with 53 RBI in 349 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .527 with an OPS+ of 133. Avisail Garcia is hitting .279 this season and he has an OBP of .338. He has collected 103 hits in 369 at bats while driving in 51 runs. He has an OPS+ of 108 and a slugging percentage of .447. The Rays as a unit have 1,012 base hits, including 208 doubles and 152 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 389 times this year and they have struck out on 1,070 occasions. They have had 818 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 4.71 runs per game and totaled 537 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Rays
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