Monday, July 27, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez (9-5) vs. Cody Anderson (2-1)
The Kansas City Royals visit Progressive Field on Monday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Cody Anderson for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +100 and Cleveland at -110. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 40-45 over/under record and a 55-41 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Indians are 42-54 against the run line and have a 47-48 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
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The Royals come into this game with a 58-38 record, and they are 25-20 away from home. Edinson Volquez has an earned run average of 3.15 and is 9-5 so far on the season while having a 1.25 WHIP. He's pitched 120 innings thus far while surrendering 108 hits over that time and when he starts, the Royals are 14-6. The Royals are also 9-8 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 5.1 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 236 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.12. Teams are hitting .199 against the bullpen while being struck out 299 times and walking 107 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.23 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.92 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.47.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .273, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .267 average away from home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .324, which puts them at 5th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .409. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.31 hits per game and Eric Hosmer leads the team with 108.
With a 45-51 overall record, Cleveland will come into this game 19-29 at home. Cody Anderson is starting this game 2-1 for the season with an earned run average of 1.91 and a WHIP of 0.91. He's pitched 33 innings thus far while surrendering 27 hits over that time in which the Indians are 4-1. The Indians are also 2-3 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 259 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.19. Teams are hitting .243 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 284 times and walking 101 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.26 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 3.97.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .251 average at home. The Indians on-base percentage sits at .321, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .384. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.33 hits per game and Jason Kipnis leads the team with 122.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .984 with 56 total errors, 959 assists and 2,565 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .986 team fielding percentage while committing 50 errors, accumulating 904 assists and compiling 2,551 put outs.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 40-45 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 55-41 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 47-48 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 42-54 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
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)
07/08/15 P Nick Hagadone Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/7), out for season
06/14/15 1B Nick Swisher Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
04/06/15 P Josh Tomlin Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/29)
04/05/15 P Gavin Floyd Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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