Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays Prediction, 7/3/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tampa Bay Rays vs Toronto Blue Jays
Date: Saturday, July 3, 2021
Location: Sahlen Field in Buffalo, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Tampa Bay (-125) Toronto (+100)
Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays (41-38, 3rd in AL East) play the Tampa Bay Rays (47-34, 2nd in AL East) at Sahlen Field on Saturday. The moneyline on this contest has the Rays coming in at -125 and the Blue Jays are at +100. The total is set at 10. The pitchers taking the mound are Shane McClanahan and Ross Stripling.
The Rays have accumulated 137 two-baggers as a team and have hit 99 baseballs out of the park. Tampa Bay has a slugging rate of .393 and have been called out on strikes 837 times, while drawing a walk on 315 occasions. As a team, the Tampa Bay Rays are scoring 4.9 runs/g, which puts them at 8th in MLB. They have amassed 375 RBI's as well as 636 base knocks on the campaign, while their batting average is at .230. They have tallied 397 runs while holding a team OBP of .316.
Rays pitchers have relinquished 91 home runs and also 322 runs in total (8th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 226 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 3.72 as a team this year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.39 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.14. The Rays are sitting with a team ERA of 3.54 on the campaign (7th in the league), and their staff has struck out 767 batters.
The Rays have sent 262 relief pitchers to the mound on the year. The relievers have inherited 80 runners for the season with 30.0% of them crossed the plate. They have earned 23 saves so far this year and have blown 11 of 34 save opportunities. The Rays relief pitchers have a save percentage of 67.6% and has stepped onto the mound in 86 save situations. The relievers have accumulated 50 holds on the campaign (7th in the league). Rays pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 66 times in addition to having 109 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Rays have converted 71.1% of baseballs in play into outs out of 6,615 innings, which has them sitting at 5th in pro baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays have a total of 2,205 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 738 assists and 34 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .989 which puts them in 2nd in MLB, and have earned 517 double plays.
McClanahan has taken the mound for 50 frames and has totaled 61 punch outs during his MLB career. McClanahan (3-2 career record) has earned a FIP of 3.75 while he has faced 211 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 4.09 (23 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.263. He has conceded 48 base knocks (8.5 hits per nine innings) and has had 16 free passes.
The Blue Jays have a team slugging % of .452 and they are recording 5.13 runs per game (3rd in the league). They have tallied 136 doubles, while getting a free base 244 times as well as recording 405 runs. Toronto has tallied 118 home runs for the season to go along with 385 runs batted in. They have struck out on 652 occasions (27th in baseball) and have earned a total of 720 hits. The Toronto Blue Jays have accounted for an on-base percentage of .330 as well as a team batting average of .266 for the year.
The Toronto pitching staff have allowed 341 runs so far this year and come in with a team ERA of 4.01 (307 earned runs surrendered). They have surrendered 109 dingers and they relinquish 4.45 runs per 9 innings (14th in baseball). The Blue Jays are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.268 and have a FIP of 4.36 as a unit this season. Their K/BB ratio comes in at 2.88 (725 strikeouts against 252 free passes). They come in at 15th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 622.
Toronto bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 30.0% out of their 130 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 90 times in high leverage situations in addition to 92 occasions with runners on base. Sitting with 67 save situations, the Blue Jays have accrued 39 holds and 10 blown saves. They sit at 18th in baseball holding a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have dispatched 273 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year. Toronto has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 25 save opportunities and they have tallied 15 saves.
The Toronto Blue Jays have turned 65 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .982 (26th in baseball). The Blue Jays have recorded 721 assists, 52 errors and have amassed 2,069 putouts this year. Out of their 6,207 innings played, the Blue Jays have a defensive efficiency of 69.7% (15th in professional baseball).
Stripling (26-31 record in his career) holds a 3.84 earned run average while giving up 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.82 and he has gone up against 2,092 hitters during his MLB career. He has given up a total of 214 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.232 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. So far in his MLB career, Stripling has surrendered 491 hits while accumulating 485 strikeouts in 501 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-125)
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