Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander (2-6) vs. Johnny Cueto (2-3)
The Detroit Tigers head to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to take on the Kansas City Royals. Justin Verlander 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 +140 and Kansas City at -150. The over/under was set at 7. The Tigers, with a 60-70 run line record, cover the spread 46% of the time. They also have a 69-56 over/under record. The Royals are 73-57 against the run line and have a 55-62 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
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The Tigers come into this game with a 60-70 record, and they are 30-35 away from home. Justin Verlander has an earned run average of 3.45 and is 2-6 so far on the season while having a 1.07 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 3-10 over his 86 innings pitched this season while giving up 72 hits during those innings. The Tigers are also 7-6 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.61 and they have given up 412 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .273 against the Tigers bullpen while walking 154 times and striking out 320 times. Detroit is averaging 6.99 strikeouts per game while getting 9.33 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 28th in baseball in team earned run average at 4.61.
Detroit is batting .272 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .265 away from home. The Tigers hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 2nd in baseball. Ian Kinsler leads the team in hits with 157 while the team ranks 1st in baseball with 9.45 hits per game.
With a 80-50 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 45-21 at home. Johnny Cueto is starting this game 2-3 for the season with an earned run average of 3.95 and a WHIP of 1.22. In his starts, the Royals are 2-4 and he has allowed 45 hits over 41 innings pitched this season. The Royals are also 4-2 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.36 and they have given up 319 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .205 against the Royals bullpen while walking 136 times and striking out 395 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.06 strikeouts per game while getting 8.29 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.55.
They are batting .270 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .280 at home. The Royals hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 10th in baseball. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 150 while the team ranks 4th in baseball with 9.21 hits a game.
Detroit has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 66 errors with 1,276 assists and 3,490 put outs for the season. The Royals have committed 71 errors on the season with 1,284 assists and 3,478 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 69-56 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 60-70 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 55-62 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 73-57 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/20/15 P Anibal Sanchez Rotator Cuff Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
08/20/15 P Daniel Norris Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
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
08/31/15 RF Alex Rios Illness doubtful Tuesday vs. Detroit Tigers
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers
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