Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays Prediction, 9/22/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Blue Jays vs Tampa Bay Rays
Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Location: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL
TV: Bally Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-105) Tampa Bay (-116)
Michael Wacha and the Tampa Bay Rays (93-58, 1st in AL East) play the Toronto Blue Jays (84-66, 3rd in AL East) at Tropicana Field on Wednesday. The moneyline on this matchup has the Blue Jays priced at -105 and the Rays are at -116. The over/under is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Ross Stripling and Michael Wacha.
Toronto owns a slugging percentage of .464 and have been called out on strikes 1,141 times, while drawing a walk on 468 occasions. They have compiled 760 runs batted in as well as 1,347 hits this year, and their average at the plate comes in at .266. The Blue Jays have accrued 259 doubles as a squad and have knocked 240 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 789 runs and hold an OBP of .332. As a team, the Toronto Blue Jays are notching 5.3 runs per game, which puts them at 3rd in MLB.
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Blue Jays pitchers have given up 194 home runs and 614 total runs (7th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 429 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.16 as a team so far this season. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.16 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.22. The Blue Jays have an earned run average of 3.88 on the year (10th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 1,354 batters.
Blue Jays pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 157 times in addition to having 149 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have a total of 60 holds this season (29th in baseball). The Blue Jays relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 63.8% and has entered the game in 110 save situations. They have accumulated 30 saves over the course of the season and have blown 17 out of their 47 save opportunities. The relievers have inherited 224 base runners for the season with 28.1% of them earned a run for their team. The Blue Jays have sent 499 relief pitchers to the hill for the year.
The Toronto Blue Jays have earned 3,901 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 1,287 assists and 87 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .984 which is 21st in the majors, and have earned 969 double plays. The Blue Jays have turned 70.0% of baseballs in play into outs out of 11,703 innings, which has them sitting at 9th in pro baseball.
Stripling has taken the ball for 534 innings and has totaled 511 punch outs in his MLB career. Stripling (28-33 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.11 and he has gone up against 2,230 hitters during his time in the major leagues. His ERA is 3.91 (232 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.233. He has conceded 521 hits (8.8 hits per nine innings) and has 138 walks.
Tampa Bay has recorded 209 home runs for the year to go along with 755 RBIs. They have tallied 264 doubles, while taking a walk 539 times as well as racking up 802 runs. The Tampa Bay Rays have recorded a team on-base percentage of .319 in addition to a team batting average of .241 on the season. The Rays have a team SLG% of .426 and they average 5.31 runs per game (2nd in MLB). They have struck out on 1,442 occasions (3rd in MLB) and have a total of 1,237 base knocks.
The Rays have a team WHIP of 1.185 and have a FIP of 3.83 as a unit so far this season. They come in at 14th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 1,198. The Tampa Bay pitching staff have conceded 628 runs for the season while having an ERA of 3.77 (570 earned runs relinquished). Their strikeout to walk ratio is 3.37 (1,392 strikeouts vs 413 free passes). They have conceded 177 homers and they surrender 4.16 runs per 9 innings (6th in the league).
With 147 save situations, the Rays have amassed 84 holds and also 20 blown saves. Tampa Bay has had bullpen pitchers step onto the mound in 60 save opportunities and they have come away with 40 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 170 times in high leverage situations and also on 118 occasions with base runners. Tampa Bay bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 28.3% out of their 152 inherited base runners. They rank 5th in baseball holding a save percentage of 66.7%, and they have sent 492 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign.
In 12,231 innings on the field, the Rays hold a efficiency on defense of 70.1% (8th in pro baseball). The Tampa Bay Rays have turned 123 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .986 (12th in pro baseball). The Rays have accrued 1,274 assists, 78 errors and have earned 4,077 putouts so far this year.
Wacha (63-48 career record) is the owner of a 4.18 ERA and has conceded 9.1 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.69 and he has faced 4,332 hitters thus far in his career. He has conceded a total of 471 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.341 and a FIP of 4.1. Thus far in his career, Wacha has surrendered 1,023 base hits while earning 905 K's in 1,013 innings.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-105)
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