Thursday, August 27, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Tillman (9-8) vs. Yordano Ventura (8-7)
The Baltimore Orioles visit Kauffman Stadium on Thursday to play the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles send Chris Tillman to the mound to face Yordano Ventura of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +130 and Kansas City at -140. The over/under was set at 8. The Orioles have a 53-65 over/under record and a 65-60 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Royals are 70-55 against the run line and have a 53-60 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
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The Orioles come into this game with a 62-63 record, and they are 23-37 away from home. Chris Tillman has a 9-8 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.51 and a 1.32 WHIP. In his starts, the Orioles are 12-11 over his 129.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 124 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 10-13. His teammates are averaging 4.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 334 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 2.84. Opposing teams are hitting .228 against the Orioles bullpen while walking 142 times and striking out 394 times. Baltimore is averaging 7.76 strikeouts per game while getting 8.56 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 13th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.83.
Baltimore ranks 10th in the league in team batting average at .255 while hitting .240 on the road. The Orioles on-base percentage sits at .308, which puts them at 21st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .422. Manny Machado leads the team in hits with 144 while the team ranks 14th in baseball with 8.62 hits per game.
With a 77-48 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 44-20 at home. Yordano Ventura has a record of 8-7 while sporting an earned run average of 4.64 on the year with a 1.30 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 10-10 and he has allowed 111 hits over 114.1 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 8-10. His teammates score an average of 4.5 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 307 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.32. Opposing teams are hitting .205 against the Royals bullpen while walking 135 times and striking out 377 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.92 strikeouts per game while getting 8.3 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.55.
They rank 2nd in the league in team batting average with a .269 average while hitting .278 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .322, which puts them at 9th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .407. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 146 while the team ranks 5th in baseball with 9.19 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Orioles have a fielding percentage of .988 with 53 total errors, 1,201 assists and 3,321 put outs. The Royals have committed 67 errors on the season with 1250 assists and 3,346 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 53-65 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 65-60 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 53-60 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 70-55 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/24/15 SS J.J. Hardy Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
08/01/15 P Mike Wright Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/1)
05/13/15 P Jason Garcia Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/11)
Kansas City Royals
07/22/15 P Jason Vargas Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/22); out for season
07/09/15 LF Alex Gordon Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/9)
05/17/15 P Brian Flynn Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/16)
04/06/15 P Tim Collins Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/6)
Josh's Pick: Take the Orioles
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