Toronto Blue Jays vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 6/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (34-39) at Toronto Blue Jays (39-34)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Robbie Ray (4-5) (4.32) vs. J Happ (8-3) (3.41)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -173 / Arizona Diamondbacks +163 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: RSN, FSAZ
On Wednesday evening from Rogers Centre, the MLB is bringing us the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays.
This will be the second in a quick two-game set. In Tuesday’s opener, the Diamondbacks snagged a 4-2 victory despite getting out-hit 8-3.
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The Diamondbacks will be wheeling out lefty Robbie Ray for Wednesday’s game. In his 14 starts this year, Ray has managed a 4-5 record with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 75 innings total. On Friday in a win over the Phillies, Ray put up seven hits and two earned in six innings.
There are several gems within the Diamondbacks batting order. Jean Segura heads the class on 87 hits with 37 runs and 29 RBI. Paul Goldschmidt has launched 14 homers with 72 hits, 41 runs and 45 RBI. Jake Lamb has managed 65 hits with 34 runs, 14 homers and 45 RBI thus far. Goldschmidt and Lamb combined to go 0-for-8 on Tuesday with six strikeouts.
Left-hander J.A. Happ will be making the start for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. In his 14 starts and 8-3 record this year, Happ has put up a 3.41 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP in 89.2 innings. On Thursday against the Phillies, Happ logged just one unearned run in seven innings on three hits for a win.
Deservedly, the Toronto order gets plenty of attention. Josh Donaldson sits atop the chart with 73 hits, 17 homers and 46 RBI. Kevin Pillar has managed 72 hits with 32 runs, seven homers and 29 RBI. Edwin Encarnacion has blasted 18 homers with 61 RBI, 69 hits and 41 runs. Encarnacion came up empty 0-for-4 on Tuesday.
The Diamondbacks are 5-17 in their last 22 Wednesday games, and 5-2 in their last seven games against a left-handed starter. Arizona is also 1-4 in Ray’s last five road starts and 3-8 in Ray’s last 11 starts overall.
As for the Blue Jays, they’re 4-0 in their last four Wednesday games and 5-1 in Happ’s last six starts in game two of a series. Toronto is also 7-1 in Happ’s last eight home starts and 4-1 in Happ’s last five starts overall.
I like the pitching matchup here, so we could see a low-scoring game. Happ and the Blue Jays should be able to pull out a win, though.