Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 4/24/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+143) Tampa Bay (-166)
Tropicana Field is the venue where Ryan Yarbrough and the Tampa Bay Rays (10-9, 2nd in AL East) will play the Toronto Blue Jays (8-10, 4th in AL East) on Saturday. The Rays open this contest at -166 while the Blue Jays are priced at +143. The over/under opens at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Robbie Ray and Ryan Yarbrough.
Toronto is slugging .369 and have struck out 159 times, while drawing a walk on 54 occasions. They have accumulated 68 runs batted in in addition to 135 hits on the campaign, and their batting average is .228. The Blue Jays have tallied 18 two-baggers as a unit and have smacked 21 baseballs out of the park. They have earned a total of 74 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .301. As a squad, the Toronto Blue Jays are notching 4.1 runs per game, which has them at 19th in the league.
Blue Jays pitchers have surrendered 19 home runs in addition to 64 runs (5th in baseball). They have walked 53 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.97 as a unit this season. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.70 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.23. The Blue Jays are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.15 this season (5th in the league), and their staff has struck out 143 hitters.
The Blue Jays have sent 62 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relievers have inherited 27 base runners this year and 37.0% of those runners crossed home plate. They have compiled 4 saves on the season and have missed out on 1 of 5 save opportunities. The Blue Jays bullpen have recorded a save rate of 80.0% and has entered the game in 13 save situations. The bullpen have accumulated 6 holds over the course of the season (25th in baseball). Blue Jays relief pitchers have entered the game with opponents on base 21 times as well as having 25 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with 464 putouts on the year, as well as 177 assists and 10 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which has them ranked 10th in baseball, and have accumulated 121 double plays. The Blue Jays have converted 70.4% of balls in play into outs in their 1,392 innings on the field, which ranks them 12th in baseball.
Ray has thrown 852 frames and has totaled 1,048 punch outs during his career. Ray (49-52 career win-loss mark) is the owner of a FIP of 4.14 and he has gone up against 3,690 hitters in the majors. His ERA is 4.23 (401 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.387. He has given up 772 hits (8.2 hits per nine innings) and has 410 free passes.
The Rays hold a team slugging % of .398 and they average 4.95 runs per game (6th in MLB). They have notched 38 doubles, while walking 70 times and scoring 94 runs. Tampa Bay has recorded 21 long balls on the year to go along with 87 RBIs. They have struck out on 189 occasions (3rd in MLB) and have totaled 154 base hits. The Tampa Bay Rays have tallied an OBP of .318 as well as a team batting average of .237 this season.
The Rays have a WHIP of 1.232 with a FIP of 3.70 as a squad on the year. Their K/BB ratio is 3.13 (169 strikeouts against 54 bases on balls). They rank 27th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 158. They have surrendered 20 home runs and they surrender 5.12 runs per 9 innings (25th in baseball). The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 98 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.60 (88 earned runs conceded).
Sitting with 28 save situations, the Rays have recorded 16 holds in addition to 6 blown saves. Tampa Bay has had relief pitchers enter the contest in 12 save chances and they have tallied 6 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the mound 32 times in high leverage situations in addition to 21 occasions with runners on base. Tampa Bay relievers hold an inherited score rate of 26.9% out of their 26 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 21st in the league holding a save rate of 50.0%, and they have sent 62 relief pitchers to the mound so far this season.
The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 19 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .989 (5th in baseball). The Rays have accrued 172 assists, 8 errors and have earned 517 putouts this season. Out of their 1,551 innings played, the Rays are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.3% (18th in baseball).
In his pro baseball career, Yarbrough has allowed 340 hits while he has accumulated 304 strikeouts in 366 innings pitched. Yarbrough (29-18 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 4.03 ERA while allowing 8.4 hits per nine innings. He has conceded 164 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.163 and having a FIP of 3.8. His K/BB ratio is 3.53 and he has faced 1,520 opposing hitters in his MLB career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Tampa Bay (-166)
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