Saturday, August 8, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija (8-6) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (7-7)
The Kansas City Royals welcome the Chicago White Sox to Kauffman Stadium on Saturday. Jeff Samardzija is the probable starter for the White Sox and he'll face Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +110 and Kansas City at -120. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox, with a 48-58 run line record, cover the spread 45% of the time. They also have a 47-55 over/under record. The Royals have a 45-51 over/under record and a 61-46 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 57% of the time.
The White Sox show up with a 51-55 record, including 25-29 on the road. Jeff Samardzija has an earned run average of 4.35 and is 8-6 so far on the season while having a 1.21 WHIP. The White Sox are 11-11 over his 153 innings pitched and he's also given up 156 hits over that time period. The White Sox are also 12-9 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.65 and they've given up 287 hits on the season. 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 22nd in the league.
Chicago ranks 20th in the league in team batting average at .249 while hitting .256 on the road. Ranked at 27th in the league in on-base percentage, the White Sox sit at .303 and they hold a .379 team slugging percentage. With 117 hits, Jose Abreu leads the team while his team ranks 17th in hits per game with 8.51.
Kansas City is 34-18 at home while holding a 63-44 overall record on the season. Jeremy Guthrie is starting this game 7-7 for the season with an earned run average of 5.65 and a WHIP of 1.57. The Royals have a record of 12-8 over the 113 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 145 hits. The Royals are also 10-8 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 4.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.34 and they have given up 268 hits on the season. 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 8.35 hits per game and are averaging 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.61, they are 10th in the league.
They rank 4th in the league in team batting average with a .269 average while hitting .279 at home. Ranked at 9th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .319 and they hold a .405 team slugging percentage. With 126 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.19.
The White Sox have committed 66 errors and have combined for 1,061 assists and 2,850 put outs leading to a .983 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 60 errors while having 1076 assists and 2,851 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 45-51 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 61-46 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
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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