Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/21/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-105) Tampa Bay (-116)
Drew Rasmussen 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 Tuesday. The Blue Jays open this contest at -105 while the Rays are coming in at -116. The over/under opens at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Alek Manoah and Drew Rasmussen.
The Blue Jays have accumulated 258 doubles as a unit and have hit 237 balls out of the park. Toronto has a slugging rate of .464 and have struck out 1,130 times, while drawing a walk on 466 occasions. As a unit, the Toronto Blue Jays are earning 5.3 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 3rd in the league. They have earned 756 runs batted in as well as 1,342 hits over the course of the season, while their batting average sits at .267. They have accumulated 785 runs scored and have an OBP of .333.
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The Blue Jays have a team earned run average of 3.87 so far this season (10th in MLB), and they have struck out 1,346 batters. They have a K/BB ratio of 3.16 and the pitching staff holds a WHIP of 1.22. Blue Jays pitchers have yielded 192 home runs and also 608 runs in total (6th in MLB). They have walked 426 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 4.14 as a squad this season.
The Blue Jays have sent 495 relief pitchers to the hill on the campaign. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 222 runners so far this year with 28.4% of them ended up scoring. They have accumulated 30 saves on the year and have blown 17 of 47 chances to get a save. The Blue Jays relief pitchers have a save percentage of 63.8% and has stepped onto the mound in 110 save situations. The bullpen have 60 holds on the campaign (29th in MLB). Blue Jays bullpen pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 155 times in addition to having 149 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting with 3,877 putouts this year, as well as 1,277 assists and 86 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .984 which has them ranked 20th in pro baseball, and have 963 double plays. The Blue Jays have turned 70.1% of balls hit into play into outs in their 11,631 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting 8th in the majors.
Manoah has thrown 93 frames and has 102 K's in his career. His earned run average is 3.39 (35 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.032. He has given up 65 base knocks (6.3 hits per 9 innings) and has had 31 walks. Manoah (6-2 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.89 while going up against 383 hitters in the majors.
Tampa Bay has a total of 207 home runs this season to go along with 750 runs batted in. They have notched 262 two-baggers, while taking a walk 536 times and putting up 796 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays have an on-base percentage of .318 as well as a batting average of .240 for the season. The Rays have a team slugging % of .424 and they have an average of 5.31 runs per game (2nd in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 1,434 instances (3rd in baseball) and have earned a total of 1,226 base hits.
The Tampa Bay pitching staff have given up 624 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 3.77 (566 earned runs relinquished). They have conceded 174 HR's and they yield 4.16 runs per 9 innings (6th in baseball). The Rays hold a team WHIP of 1.188 in addition to having a FIP of 3.81 as a staff for the year. Their K/BB ratio sits at 3.36 (1,381 strikeouts against 411 free passes). They are sitting at 14th in the league as a staff in total hits relinquished with 1,193.
Tampa Bay relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 29.1% out of their 148 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 168 times in high leverage situations and on 116 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 143 save situations, the Rays have tallied 81 holds and 20 blown saves. They rank 5th in MLB holding a save rate of 66.1%, and they have sent 487 bullpen pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. Tampa Bay has had relievers enter the game in 59 save chances and they have come away with 39 saves.
The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 123 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .986 (10th in professional baseball). The Rays have racked up 1,268 assists, 77 errors and have amassed 4,050 putouts for the season. Out of their 12,150 innings played, the Rays have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 70.0% (9th in pro baseball).
Rasmussen (4-1 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 3.54 earned run average and has surrendered 7.6 hits per nine innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.70 and he has faced 343 opposing hitters so far in his career. He has given up a total of 32 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.254 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.3. So far in his career, Rasmussen has allowed 69 hits and he has 89 punch outs in 81 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-105)
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