Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/20/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Monday, September 20, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-152) Tampa Bay (+115)
Josh Fleming and the Tampa Bay Rays (92-58, 1st in AL East) host the Toronto Blue Jays (84-65, 3rd in AL East) at Tropicana Field on Monday. The Rays open this matchup at +115 while the Blue Jays are coming in at -152. The over/under has been set at 8. The pitchers taking the mound will be Jose Berrios and Josh Fleming.
As a unit, the Toronto Blue Jays are notching 5.3 runs per game, which puts them at 3rd in MLB. They have earned 780 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .332. The Blue Jays have accounted for 255 doubles as a team and have knocked 236 balls out of the park. They have 751 runs batted in and 1,331 base knocks on the campaign, and their team batting average is at .266. Toronto has a slugging rate of .464 and have been called out on strikes 1,121 times, while being walked on 463 occasions.
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Blue Jays pitchers have given up 191 home runs in addition to 605 runs (6th in MLB). They have walked 425 opposing players and their FIP sits at 4.15 as a team on the season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 3.14 and their pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.23. The Blue Jays have an earned run average of 3.88 for the year (10th in baseball), and their staff has struck out 1,336 batters.
The Blue Jays have dispatched 493 relievers to the mound for the year. The relievers have inherited 222 base runners over the course of the season with 28.4% of them ended up crossing the plate. They have compiled 29 saves for the season and have blown 17 of their 46 save opportunities. The Blue Jays bullpen have a save percentage of 63.0% and has entered the game in 108 save situations. The bullpen have a total of 59 holds over the course of the season (29th in MLB). Blue Jays relief pitchers have come into the game with runners on base 155 times as well as having 148 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with 3,850 putouts on the year, in addition to 1,265 assists and 85 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .984 which is 20th in the majors, and they have twisted 958 double plays. The Blue Jays have converted 70.0% of balls in play into outs in their 11,550 innings, ranking them 9th in pro baseball.
Berrios (59-46 career win-loss mark) has earned a FIP of 3.98 and he has gone up against 3,514 batters during his time in the major leagues. He has given up 761 hits (8.2 hits per 9 innings) and has had 263 walks. His earned run average is 4.03 (373 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.229. Berrios has taken the hill for 833 innings and has tallied 834 K's in his MLB career.
Tampa Bay has a total of 207 home runs for the season as well as 750 runs batted in. They have notched 262 two-baggers, while taking a walk 532 times as well as recording 796 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays have accumulated an OBP of .318 in addition to a batting average of .240 so far this season. The Rays have a team SLG% of .426 and they average 5.34 runs per game (1st in the league). They have been rung up on 1,430 instances (2nd in baseball) and have tallied 1,221 hits.
The Rays have a WHIP of 1.189 with a FIP of 3.81 as a pitching staff this year. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.36 (1,369 strikeouts against 408 walks). They come in at 14th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 1,187. They have conceded 172 homers and they allow 4.17 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league). The Tampa Bay pitching staff have yielded 622 runs for the year and come in with a team ERA of 3.79 (564 earned runs allowed).
Sitting with 143 save situations, the Rays have accrued 81 holds and also 20 blown saves. Tampa Bay has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 59 save opportunities and they have recorded 39 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 168 times in high leverage situations and on 116 occasions with runners on. Tampa Bay relievers hold an inherited score rate of 29.1% of 148 inherited base runners. They are currently ranked 6th in baseball with a save percentage of 66.1%, and they have dispatched 483 relief pitchers to the hill so far this year.
The Tampa Bay Rays have twisted 123 double plays and have a fielding rate of .986 (10th in MLB). The Rays have 1,261 assists, 76 errors and have a tally of 4,023 putouts this year. In their 12,069 innings on the diamond, the Rays have a defensive efficiency of 70.0% (10th in MLB).
During his pro baseball career, Fleming has conceded 134 hits while he has accumulated 88 punch outs in 133 frames. He has surrendered 66 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.286 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.3. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.38 and he has gone up against 562 hitters thus far in his career. Fleming (15-6 win-loss record in his career) holds a 4.47 ERA and has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (-152)
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