Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Anibal Sanchez (10-9) vs. Yordano Ventura (6-7)
The Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium. Anibal Sanchez is the probable starter for the Tigers and he'll face Yordano Ventura of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +144 and Kansas City at -154. The over/under was set at 8. The Tigers have a 61-46 over/under record and a 52-60 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Royals are 62-49 against the run line and have a 47-53 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Tigers come into this game with a 54-58 record, and they are 26-28 away from home. Anibal Sanchez has an earned run average of 4.82 and is 10-9 so far on the season while having a 1.27 WHIP. The Tigers are 12-11 over his 149.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 142 hits over that time period. The Tigers are also 14-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.30 and they have given up 352 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 273 and walked 128 batters this season while opposing teams hit .271 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.42 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.48, they are 26th in the league.
Detroit ranks 1st in the league in team batting average at .273 while hitting .262 on the road. The Tigers hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 3rd in baseball. With 134 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.48.
With a 67-44 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 38-18 at home. Yordano Ventura is starting this game 6-7 for the season with an earned run average of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.34. The Royals have a record of 7-10 over the 95.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 98 hits. The Royals are also 8-8 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 4.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.32 and they have given up 274 base hits on the year. The Royals bullpen has struck out 331 batters and walked 121 this season while opposing teams have hit .205 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.3 hits per game and are averaging 6.79 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.59, they are 8th in the league.
They rank 4th in the league in team batting average with a .270 average while hitting .280 at home. The Royals hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 9th in baseball. With 128 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 5th in hits per game with 9.18.
Detroit has a team fielding percentage of .987 after having committed 54 errors with 1,102 assists and 3,017 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 60 errors while having 1112 assists and 2,959 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 61-46 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 52-60 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 47-53 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 62-49 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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