Saturday, September 26, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Josh Tomlin (6-2) vs. Kris Medlen (5-1)
The Cleveland Indians visit Kauffman Stadium on Saturday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Josh Tomlin for the Indians and Kris Medlen for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at +138 and Kansas City at -148. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 75-74 over/under record and a 73-78 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Royals have a 70-68 over/under record and a 82-70 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 54% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 75-76 record, including 40-38 on the road. Josh Tomlin has a 6-2 record on the season, an earned run average of 2.43 and a 0.74 WHIP. He's pitched 55.2 innings thus far while surrendering 35 hits over that time and when he starts, the Indians are 6-2. Against the over/under, the Indians are 5-3 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.5 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.24 and they've given up 400 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .244 against the Indians bullpen while walking 144 times and striking out 412 times. Cleveland is averaging 8.89 strikeouts per game while getting 8.14 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 10th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.76.
Cleveland ranks 11th in the league in team batting average at .257 while hitting .240 on the road. Ranked at 6th in the league in on-base percentage, the Indians sit at .326 and they hold a .398 team slugging percentage. Michael Brantley leads the team in hits with 164 while the team ranks 10th in baseball with 8.68 hits per game.
With a 50-28 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 89-63 overall mark. Kris Medlen has a record of 5-1 while sporting an earned run average of 3.51 on the year with a 1.17 WHIP. He's pitched 48.2 innings thus far while surrendering 43 hits over that time in which the Royals are 4-2. Against the over/under, the Royals are 4-2 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.70 and they have given up 393 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .210 against the Royals bullpen while walking 179 times and striking out 470 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.13 strikeouts per game while getting 8.57 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80.
They rank 1st in the league in team batting average with a .272 average while hitting .282 at home. Ranked at 10th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .324 and they hold a .417 team slugging percentage. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 170 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.36 hits a game.
The Indians have committed 76 errors and have combined for 1,436 assists and 4,031 put outs leading to a .986 team fielding percentage. The Royals have committed 84 errors on the season with 1,513 assists and 4,083 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 75-74 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 73-78 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 70-68 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 82-70 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/24/15 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder "?" Friday vs. Kansas City Royals
09/06/15 P T.J. House Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/1)
07/08/15 P Nick Hagadone Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/7), out for season
Kansas City Royals
09/24/15 P Greg Holland Elbow out for season
09/19/15 2B Omar Infante Oblique out indefinitely
07/22/15 P Jason Vargas Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/22); out for season
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 Indians
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