Sunday, September 13, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Johnny Cueto (2-5) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (8-7)
The Baltimore Orioles welcome the Kansas City Royals to Oriole Park on Sunday. The Royals send Johnny Cueto to the mound to face Wei-Yin Chen 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 61-65 over/under record and a 76-64 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Orioles are 70-70 against the run line and have a 61-71 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
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The Royals head into this matchup with a 83-57 record, including 35-30 on the road. Starting pitcher Johnny Cueto holds a 2-5 record with an earned run average of 4.86 and a WHIP of 1.36. In his starts, the Royals are 2-6 over his 50 innings pitched this season while giving up 61 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 6-2. The team is averaging 4.6 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.68 and they've given up 359 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .210 against the Royals bullpen while walking 151 times and striking out 423 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.11 strikeouts per game while getting 8.45 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.74.
Kansas City is batting .271 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .260 away from home. Ranked at 10th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .323 and they hold a .412 team slugging percentage. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 158 while the team ranks 4th in baseball with 9.27 hits per game.
With a 41-28 home record, Baltimore will hope to improve on their 68-72 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.48, Wei-Yin Chen will come into this game holding a 8-7 record and a 1.25 WHIP. In his starts, the Orioles are 16-11 and he has allowed 171 hits over 165.2 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 9-16. The team is averaging 4.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.96 and they have given up 382 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .229 against the Orioles bullpen while walking 158 times and striking out 437 times. Baltimore is averaging 7.66 strikeouts per game while getting 8.81 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00.
They are batting .252 as a team, which is good for 18th in the league and hitting .268 at home. Ranked at 24th in the league in on-base percentage, the Orioles sit at .307 and they hold a .423 team slugging percentage. Manny Machado leads the team in hits with 159 while the team ranks 19th in baseball with 8.52 hits a game.
The Royals have committed 74 errors and have combined for 1,397 assists and 3,754 put outs leading to a .986 team fielding percentage. The Orioles have committed 62 errors on the season with 1,364 assists and 3,711 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .988 on the year.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 61-65 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 76-64 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 61-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 70-70 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)
09/05/15 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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