Wednesday, September 30, 2015
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez (13-9) vs. Jose Quintana (9-10)
The Kansas City Royals visit U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Jose Quintana for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -108 and Chicago at -102. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 71-71 over/under record and a 84-72 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. 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 head into this matchup with a 90-66 record, including 39-36 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez holds a 13-9 record with an earned run average of 3.65 and a WHIP of 1.30. The Royals are 21-11 over his 192.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 181 hits over that time period. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 15-14. He is getting 5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.73 and they have given up 404 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .210 against the Royals bullpen while walking 185 times and striking out 485 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.16 strikeouts per game while getting 8.51 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 12th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.80.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .269, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .260 average away from home. The Royals hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 13th in baseball. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 173 while the team ranks 4th in baseball with 9.25 hits per game.
With a 37-38 home record, Chicago will hope to improve on their 73-83 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.38, Jose Quintana will come into this game holding a 9-10 record and a 1.29 WHIP. The White Sox have a record of 14-17 over the 197.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 213 hits. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 14-17. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.64 and they have given up 411 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .251 against the White Sox bullpen while walking 169 times and striking out 409 times. Chicago is averaging 8.46 strikeouts per game while getting 8.97 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 15th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99.
As a team, they are batting .250, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .247 average at home. The White Sox hold a .382 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 25th in baseball. Jose Abreu leads the team in hits with 173 while the team ranks 17th in baseball with 8.55 hits a game.
Kansas City has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 85 errors with 1,546 assists and 4,194 put outs for the season. The White Sox have committed 98 errors on the season with 1,537 assists and 4,193 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .983 on the year.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 71-71 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 84-72 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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