Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Collin McHugh (20-7) vs. Johnny Cueto (4-7)
The Houston Astros take on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium in Game 5 of the ALDS. The probable starters are Collin McHugh for the Astros and Johnny Cueto for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +112 and Kansas City at -122. The over/under was set at 8. The Astros, with a 88-79 run line record, cover the spread 53% of the time. They also have a 75-83 over/under record. The Royals are 90-76 against the run line and have a 75-77 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Astros show up with a 89-78 record, including 35-49 on the road. Collin McHugh has an earned run average of 3.86 and is 20-7 so far on the season while having a 1.26 WHIP. The Astros are 22-11 over his 209.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 211 hits over that time period. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 15-16. He is getting 5.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.27 and they have given up 371 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 463 and walked 135 batters this season while opposing teams hit .216 against them. Houston has a team average of 8.14 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.02 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.56, they are 6th in the league.
As a team, Houston is batting .250, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .247 average away from home. The Astros hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 15th in baseball. With 204 hits, Jose Altuve leads the team while his team ranks 23rd in hits per game with 8.41.
Kansas City is 52-31 at home while holding a 97-69 overall record on the season. Johnny Cueto is starting this game 4-7 for the season with an earned run average of 4.84 and a WHIP of 1.47. The Royals have a record of 5-9 over the 87.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 108 hits. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 10-4. He is getting 4.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.72 and they have given up 419 base hits on the year. The Royals bullpen has struck out 502 batters and walked 191 this season while opposing teams have hit .211 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.52 hits per game and are averaging 7.32 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.76, they are 11th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .278 average at home. The Royals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 11th in baseball. With 181 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.21.
Houston has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 85 errors with 1,617 assists and 4,323 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumulated 88 errors while having 1,611 assists and 4,356 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 75-83 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 88-79 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 75-77 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 90-76 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/11/15 P Scott Feldman Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/14); out for season
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/14), out for season
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Hip Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14); out for season
Kansas City Royals
10/13/15 C Salvador Perez Head is upgraded to probable Wednesday vs. Houston Astros
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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