Sunday, September 27, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Salazar (13-9) vs. Chris Young (10-6)
The Cleveland Indians head to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Danny Salazar for the Indians and Chris Young for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -105 and Kansas City at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 75-75 over/under record and a 74-78 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Royals have a 70-69 over/under record and a 82-71 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 54% of the time.
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The Indians head into this matchup with a 76-76 record, including 41-38 on the road. Starting pitcher Danny Salazar holds a 13-9 record with an earned run average of 3.51 and a WHIP of 1.12. He's pitched 174.1 innings thus far while surrendering 145 hits over that time and when he starts, the Indians are 17-11. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 13-15. The team is averaging 4.2 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.24 and they have given up 400 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .244 against the Indians bullpen while walking 144 times and striking out 412 times. Cleveland is averaging 8.93 strikeouts per game while getting 8.09 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.74.
Cleveland is batting .257 as a team, which is good for 11th in the league and hitting .240 away from home. The Indians hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 6th in baseball. Michael Brantley leads the team in hits with 164 while the team ranks 12th in baseball with 8.68 hits per game.
With a 50-29 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 89-64 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.29, Chris Young will come into this game holding a 10-6 record and a 1.13 WHIP. He's pitched 112 innings thus far while surrendering 87 hits over that time in which the Royals are 10-6. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 4-9. The team is averaging 3.8 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.74 and they have given up 397 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .211 against the Royals bullpen while walking 183 times and striking out 471 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 3.82.
They are batting .271 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .280 at home. The Royals hold a .415 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 11th in baseball. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 172 while the team ranks 3rd in baseball with 9.3 hits a game.
Cleveland has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 77 errors with 1,447 assists and 4,058 put outs for the season. The Royals have committed 84 errors on the season with 1,520 assists and 4,110 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 75-75 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 74-78 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 70-69 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 82-71 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/25/15 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder "?" Saturday 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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