Tuesday, September 29, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Johnny Cueto (3-6) vs. Jeff Samardzija (10-13)
The Chicago White Sox host the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday. The probable starters are Johnny Cueto for the Royals and Jeff Samardzija for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -123 and Chicago at +113. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals, with a 83-72 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 71-70 over/under record. The White Sox have a 74-76 over/under record and a 75-81 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 48% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 90-65 record, including 39-35 on the road. Johnny Cueto has a 3-6 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.99 and a 1.39 WHIP. He's pitched 70.1 innings thus far while surrendering 87 hits over that time and when he starts, the Royals are 3-8. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 9-2. His teammates are averaging 4.8 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 402 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 2.72. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen while being struck out 481 times and walking 185 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.55 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.15 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82.
Kansas City ranks 2nd in the league in team batting average at .270 while hitting .262 on the road. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 11th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .414. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.28 hits per game and Eric Hosmer leads the team with 173.
Chicago is 37-38 at home while holding a 73-83 overall record on the season. Jeff Samardzija has a record of 10-13 while sporting an earned run average of 5.04 on the year with a 1.30 WHIP. He's pitched 207 innings thus far while surrendering 220 hits over that time in which the White Sox are 13-18. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 19-11. His teammates score an average of 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 411 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.64. Teams are hitting .251 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 409 times and walking 169 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.97 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.46 batters per nine. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99.
They rank 21st in the league in team batting average with a .250 average while hitting .247 at home. The White Sox on-base percentage sits at .307, which puts them at 25th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .382. They rank 17th in baseball with 8.55 hits per game and Jose Abreu leads the team with 173.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .985 with 85 total errors, 1,537 assists and 4,164 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .983 team fielding percentage while committing 98 errors, accumulating 1,537 assists and compiling 4,193 put outs.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 71-70 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 83-72 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 74-76 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 75-81 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/24/15 P Greg Holland Elbow out for season
09/19/15 2B Omar Infante Oblique out indefinitely
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)
Chicago White Sox
07/08/15 P Javy Guerra Suspension expected to miss 50 games
04/06/15 SS Justin Sellers Heel Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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