Saturday, July 18, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Guthrie (7-5) vs. Jose Quintana (4-9)
The Kansas City Royals head to U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday to take on the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals and Jose Quintana for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -105 and Chicago at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals, with a 49-37 run line record, cover the spread 57% of the time. They also have a 38-38 over/under record. The White Sox are 38-48 against the run line and have a 33-49 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 52-34 record, including 22-18 on the road. Jeremy Guthrie has a 7-5 record on the season, an earned run average of 5.36 and a 1.49 WHIP. The Royals are 11-6 over his 95.2 innings pitched and he's also given up 115 hits over that time period. The Royals are also 8-7 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4.4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.18 and they have given up 208 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 258 and walked 97 batters this season while opposing teams hit .200 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.15 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.83 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.52, they are 7th in the league.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .274, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .266 average away from home. The Royals hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 5th in baseball. With 92 hits, Alcides Escobar leads the team while his team ranks 2nd in hits per game with 9.34.
Chicago is 23-17 at home while holding a 41-45 overall record on the season. Jose Quintana has a record of 4-9 while sporting an earned run average of 3.69 on the year with a 1.28 WHIP. The White Sox have a record of 7-11 over the 114.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 121 hits. The White Sox are also 5-13 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 2.4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.71 and they have given up 231 base hits on the year. The White Sox bullpen has struck out 214 batters and walked 86 this season while opposing teams have hit .263 against them. Chicago has a team average of 9.05 hits per game and are averaging 8.52 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.90, they are 18th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .237 average at home. The White Sox hold a .355 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .294 which is good for 30th in baseball. With 95 hits, Jose Abreu leads the team while his team ranks 25th in hits per game with 8.1.
Kansas City has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 50 errors with 843 assists and 2,286 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the White Sox have accumlated 58 errors while having 855 assists and 2,298 put outs leading to a .982 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 38-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 49-37 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 33-49 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 38-48 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
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)
04/04/15 P Kris Medlen Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/07)
Chicago White Sox
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/25/15 P Matt Albers Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/20)
04/04/15 P Nate Jones Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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