Saturday, September 12, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Johnny Cueto (2-5) vs. Chris Tillman (9-11)
The Baltimore Orioles host the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park on Saturday. Johnny Cueto is the probable starter for the Royals and he'll face Chris Tillman of the Orioles. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -119 and Baltimore at +109. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 60-65 over/under record and a 76-63 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Orioles are 69-70 against the run line and have a 60-71 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 83-56 record, including 35-29 on the road. Johnny Cueto has a 2-5 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.86 and a 1.36 WHIP. The Royals are 2-6 over his 50 innings pitched and he's also given up 61 hits over that time period. The Royals are also 6-2 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 350 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 2.48. The bullpen has struck out 420 and walked 147 batters this season while opposing teams hit .207 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.42 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.08 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.67, they are 7th in the league.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .271, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .260 average away from home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .411. With 158 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 3rd in hits per game with 9.27.
Baltimore is 40-28 at home while holding a 67-72 overall record on the season. Chris Tillman has a record of 9-11 while sporting an earned run average of 5.15 on the year with a 1.40 WHIP. The Orioles have a record of 12-14 over the 143.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 149 hits. The Orioles are also 12-13 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 376 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.93. The Orioles bullpen has struck out 434 batters and walked 156 this season while opposing teams have hit .228 against them. Baltimore has a team average of 8.8 hits per game and are averaging 7.68 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.98, they are 18th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .267 average at home. The Orioles on-base percentage sits at .306, which puts them at 26th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .421. With 159 hits, Manny Machado leads the team while his team ranks 21st in hits per game with 8.5.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .986 with 73 total errors, 1,389 assists and 3,730 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Orioles have accumulated 61 errors while having 1,355 assists and 3,684 put outs leading to a .988 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 60-65 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 76-63 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 60-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 69-70 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
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)
09/11/15 CF Adam Jones Shoulder is upgraded to probable Friday vs. Kansas City Royals
09/05/15 P Miguel Gonzalez Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/31)
05/13/15 P Jason Garcia Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/11)
Josh's Pick: Take the Orioles
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