Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 8/24/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Blue Jays (+175) Rays (-190)
Brandon Lowe and the Tampa Bay Rays (19-10, 1st in AL East) host the Toronto Blue Jays (13-13, 4th in AL East) at Tropicana Field on Monday. The Blue Jays open this matchup at +175 while the Rays are coming in at -190. The total opens at 8. The pitchers who are expected to start are Tanner Roark and Blake Snell.
Key Toronto Blue Jays Injuries
8/23/2020 Trent Thornton SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/23/2020 Matt Shoemaker SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/19/2020 Nate Pearson SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
8/18/2020 Derek Fisher RF Quadriceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 25
8/17/2020 Bo Bichette SS Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
8/16/2020 Yennsy Diaz RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
8/4/2020 Elvis Luciano RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
7/28/2020 Ken Giles RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
8/23/2020 Nick Anderson RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 5
8/23/2020 Oliver Drake RP Biceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/22/2020 Yonny Chirinos SP Elbow Out for the season
8/22/2020 Charlie Morton SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 27
8/22/2020 Chaz Roe RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/19/2020 Jose Alvarado RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
8/13/2020 Andrew Kittredge RP Elbow Out for the season
7/21/2020 Colin Poche RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Blue Jays have a 13-13 overall record this season. Roark has thrown 1,117 innings and has 905 K's during his pro baseball career. His ERA is 3.72 (462 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.244. He has surrendered 1,066 base hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 324 walks. Roark (76-65 record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.09 while he has gone up against 4,659 opposing hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.06 and they have given up 88 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .182 against the bullpen and they've struck out 134 hitters and walked 59 batters. As a team, Toronto allows 7.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.6 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.86. The Blue Jays pitchers collectively have given up 185 base hits and 95 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. Toronto as a pitching staff has walked 105 batters and struck out 235. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.20.
As a team Toronto is hitting .249, good for 11th in the league. The Blue Jays hold a .442 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 8th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Randal Grichuk is hitting .293 with an on-base percentage of .341. He has 24 hits this season in 82 at bats with 16 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .549 and an OPS+ of 135. Cavan Biggio is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .402. He has totaled 25 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 92 at bats. His OPS+ is 148 while his slugging percentage is at .522. The Blue Jays have 213 hits, including 34 doubles and 43 home runs. Toronto has walked 78 times so far this season and they have struck out 211 times as a unit. They have left 165 men on base and have a team OPS of .755. They score 4.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 113 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
So far in his career, Snell has allowed 429 base knocks while earning 608 punchouts in 524 innings pitched. He has allowed 188 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.239 and a FIP of 3.5. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.76 and he has gone up against 2,163 hitters thus far in his career. Snell (40-28 mark in his career) has a 3.23 ERA while giving up 7.4 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 133 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 144 batters and walked 47 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 242 base knocks and 111 earned runs this season. They have given up 35 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 87 hitters and struck out 260 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.13.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 16th in the league. The Rays hold a .434 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .333, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 16th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Brandon Lowe comes into this matchup batting .313 with an OBP of .394. He has 30 hits this year along with 24 RBI in 96 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .708 with an OPS+ of 198. Hunter Renfroe is hitting .167 this season and he has an OBP of .247. He has collected 12 hits in 72 at bats while driving in 15 runs. He has an OPS+ of 73 and a slugging percentage of .389. The Rays as a unit have 227 base hits, including 55 doubles and 35 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 120 times this year and they have struck out on 271 occasions. They have had 182 men left on base and have an OPS of .767. They have scored 5.29 runs per game and totaled 148 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Blue Jays/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays (+175)
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