Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris (2-2) vs. Edinson Volquez (11-6)
The Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday. The probable starters are Daniel Norris for the Tigers and Edinson Volquez for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +169 and Kansas City at -179. The over/under was set at 8. The Tigers, with a 52-60 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 61-46 over/under record. The Royals have a 47-53 over/under record and a 62-49 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 56% of the time.
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The Tigers come into this game with a 54-58 record, and they are 26-28 away from home. Daniel Norris has an earned run average of 4.24 and is 2-2 so far on the season while having a 1.44 WHIP. The Tigers are 3-4 over his 34 innings pitched and he's also given up 36 hits over that time period. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 1-5. His teammates are averaging 3.6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 352 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 4.30. Teams are hitting .271 against the bullpen while being struck out 273 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.42 hits per nine innings while striking out 7 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.48.
Detroit ranks 1st in the league in team batting average at .273 while hitting .262 on the road. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .330, which puts them at 3rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .429. They rank 1st in baseball with 9.48 hits per game and Ian Kinsler leads the team with 134.
With a 67-44 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 38-18 at home. Edinson Volquez is starting this game 11-6 for the season with an earned run average of 3.11 and a WHIP of 1.25. The Royals have a record of 16-7 over the 139 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 122 hits. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 10-10. His teammates score an average of 5 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 274 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.32. Teams are hitting .205 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 331 times and walking 121 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.79 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.59.
They rank 4th in the league in team batting average with a .270 average while hitting .280 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .320, which puts them at 9th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .406. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.18 hits per game and Eric Hosmer leads the team with 128.
In terms of team defense, the Tigers have a fielding percentage of .987 with 54 total errors, 1,102 assists and 3,017 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .985 team fielding percentage while committing 60 errors, accumulating 1112 assists and compiling 2,959 put outs.
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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