Friday, July 24, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Scott Feldman (4-5) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (7-5)
The Houston Astros visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday to play the Kansas City Royals. Scott Feldman is the probable starter for the Astros and he'll face Jeremy Guthrie of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +104 and Kansas City at -112. The over/under was set at 9. The Astros, with a 54-42 run line record, cover the spread 56% of the time. They also have a 44-47 over/under record. The Royals are 54-39 against the run line and have a 40-43 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Astros come into this game with a 53-43 record, and they are 21-26 away from home. Scott Feldman has a 4-5 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.93 and a 1.42 WHIP. He's pitched 65.2 innings thus far while surrendering 77 hits over that time and when he starts, the Astros are 5-6. The Astros are also 5-6 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.67 and they have given up 196 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .194 against the Astros bullpen while walking 82 times and striking out 267 times. Houston is averaging 7.71 strikeouts per game while getting 8.01 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.54.
As a team, Houston is batting .242, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .243 average away from home. The Astros hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 21st in baseball. Jose Altuve leads the team in hits with 104 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.09 hits per game.
With a 57-36 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 32-17 at home. Jeremy Guthrie has a record of 7-5 while sporting an earned run average of 5.36 on the year with a 1.52 WHIP. He's pitched 100.2 innings thus far while surrendering 124 hits over that time in which the Royals are 12-6. The Royals are also 9-7 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.21 and they have given up 232 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .202 against the Royals bullpen while walking 104 times and striking out 291 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.98 strikeouts per game while getting 8.25 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.49.
As a team, they are batting .275, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Royals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 5th in baseball. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 102 while the team ranks 3rd in baseball with 9.39 hits a game.
Houston has a team fielding percentage of .987 after having committed 48 errors with 1034 assists and 2,568 put outs for the season. The Royals have committed 56 errors on the season with 936 assists and 2,484 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .984 on the year.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 44-47 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 54-42 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 40-43 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 54-39 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/23/15 2B Marwin Gonzalez Foot is upgraded to probable Thursday vs. Boston Red Sox
07/02/15 RF George Springer Wrist Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/1)
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/14)
04/28/15 SS Jed Lowrie Thumb Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/28)
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Side Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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