Sunday, July 26, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel (12-4) vs. Yordano Ventura (4-7)
The Kansas City Royals welcome the Houston Astros to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. The Astros send Dallas Keuchel to the mound to face Yordano Ventura of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -109 and Kansas City at -101. The over/under was set at 7. The Astros, with a 55-43 run line record, cover the spread 56% of the time. They also have a 45-48 over/under record. The Royals are 55-40 against the run line and have a 40-44 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
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The Astros come into this game with a 55-43 record, and they are 22-26 away from home. Dallas Keuchel has a 12-4 record on the season, an earned run average of 2.12 and a 0.97 WHIP. In his starts, the Astros are 14-6 over his 144.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 106 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Astros are 9-11 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.6 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 201 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.68. Teams are hitting .195 against the bullpen while being struck out 274 times and walking 83 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 7.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.67 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.51.
Houston ranks 24th in the league in team batting average at .243 while hitting .245 on the road. The Astros on-base percentage sits at .311, which puts them at 20th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .426. They rank 26th in baseball with 8.14 hits per game and Jose Altuve leads the team with 109.
With a 57-38 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 32-18 at home. Yordano Ventura has a record of 4-7 while sporting an earned run average of 5.19 on the year with a 1.35 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 5-9 and he has allowed 78 hits over 76.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Royals are 6-7 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 234 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.16. Teams are hitting .200 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 296 times and walking 107 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.93 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.50.
They rank 2nd in the league in team batting average with a .274 average while hitting .280 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .325, which puts them at 5th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .410. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.34 hits per game and Eric Hosmer leads the team with 106.
In terms of team defense, the Astros have a fielding percentage of .987 with 49 total errors, 1053 assists and 2,622 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .984 team fielding percentage while committing 56 errors, accumulating 952 assists and compiling 2,535 put outs.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 45-48 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 55-43 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 40-44 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 55-40 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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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