Friday, August 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: John Danks (6-8) vs. Edinson Volquez (10-6)
The Kansas City Royals host the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on Friday. The White Sox send John Danks to the mound to face Edinson Volquez of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +158 and Kansas City at -168. The over/under was set at 8.5. The White Sox have a 47-55 over/under record and a 48-58 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Royals have a 44-51 over/under record and a 61-45 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 57% of the time.
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The White Sox come into this game with a 51-55 record, and they are 25-29 away from home. Starting pitcher John Danks holds a 6-8 record with an earned run average of 4.80 and a WHIP of 1.44. In his starts, the White Sox are 10-10 over his 114.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 131 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the White Sox are 8-11 in his starts. He is getting 4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.65 and they have given up 287 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 275 and walked 117 batters this season while opposing teams hit .257 against them. Chicago has a team average of 9.14 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.43 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.06, they are 21st in the league.
As a team, Chicago is batting .249, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .256 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .379 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 25th in baseball. With 117 hits, Melky Cabrera leads the team while his team ranks 17th in hits per game with 8.51.
With a 63-43 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 34-18 at home. With an earned run average of 3.20, Edinson Volquez will come into this game holding a 10-6 record and a 1.27 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 15-7 and he has allowed 118 hits over 132 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Royals are 10-9 when he starts. He is getting 5.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.34 and they have given up 268 base hits on the year. The Royals bullpen has struck out 319 batters and walked 117 this season while opposing teams have hit .207 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.31 hits per game and are averaging 6.78 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.56, they are 8th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. The Royals hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 10th in baseball. With 125 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.2.
Chicago has a team fielding percentage of .983 after having committed 66 errors with 1,061 assists and 2,850 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 59 errors while having 1064 assists and 2,827 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 47-55 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 48-58 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 44-51 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 61-45 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/02/15 RF J.B. Shuck Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/1)
07/29/15 2B Emilio Bonifacio Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/28)
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Kansas City Royals
08/06/15 C Salvador Perez Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Thursday vs. Detroit Tigers
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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