Monday, August 10, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Boyd (1-2) vs. Johnny Cueto (0-1)
The Kansas City Royals welcome the Detroit Tigers to Kauffman Stadium on Monday. Matt Boyd is the probable starter for the Tigers and he'll face Johnny Cueto of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +178 and Kansas City at -188. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Tigers have a 60-45 over/under record and a 52-58 run line mark, meaning they cover 47% of the time. The Royals are 61-48 against the run line and have a 46-52 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 54-56 record, including 26-27 on the road. Matt Boyd has an earned run average of 7.90 and is 1-2 so far on the season while having a 1.68 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 1-2 over his 13.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 22 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 1-2. The team is averaging 2.7 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.21 and they've given up 344 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 269 and walked 125 batters this season while opposing teams hit .270 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.39 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.96 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.48, they are 26th in the league.
Detroit is batting .275 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .264 away from home. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .332 and they hold a .432 team slugging percentage. With 132 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.58.
With a 36-18 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 65-44 overall mark. Johnny Cueto is starting this game 0-1 for the season with an earned run average of 3.46 and a WHIP of 1.23. In his starts, the Royals are 0-2 and he has allowed 12 hits over 13 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 1-1. The team is averaging 3.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.33 and they have given up 272 hits on the season. The Royals bullpen has struck out 325 batters and walked 120 this season while opposing teams have hit .207 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.36 hits per game and are averaging 6.77 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.62, they are 9th in the league.
They are batting .269 as a team, which is good for 4th in the league and hitting .278 at home. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .319 and they hold a .404 team slugging percentage. With 127 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.15.
The Tigers have committed 53 errors and have combined for 1,082 assists and 2,966 put outs leading to a .987 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 60 errors while having 1098 assists and 2,905 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 60-45 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 52-58 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 46-52 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 61-48 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/04/15 1B Miguel Cabrera Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/3)
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/23)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
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 Royals
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