Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jeremy Guthrie (7-6) vs. Corey Kluber (5-11)
The Kansas City Royals visit Progressive Field on Wednesday to play the Cleveland Indians. Jeremy Guthrie is the probable starter for the Royals and he'll face Corey Kluber of the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +148 and Cleveland at -158. The over/under was set at 7. The Royals, with a 57-41 run line record, cover the spread 58% of the time. They also have a 41-46 over/under record. The Indians have a 48-49 over/under record and a 42-56 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 43% of the time.
The Royals come into this game with a 60-38 record, and they are 26-20 away from home. Jeremy Guthrie has an earned run average of 5.35 and is 7-6 so far on the season while having a 1.54 WHIP. He's pitched 107.2 innings thus far while surrendering 135 hits over that time and when he starts, the Royals are 12-7. Against the over/under, the Royals are 9-8 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.3 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.13 and they have given up 239 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 301 and walked 107 batters this season while opposing teams hit .199 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.22 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.89 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.45, they are 5th in the league.
Kansas City is batting .274 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .268 away from home. The Royals hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 6th in baseball. With 111 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.35.
With a 45-53 overall record, Cleveland will come into this game 19-31 at home. Corey Kluber is starting this game 5-11 for the season with an earned run average of 3.59 and a WHIP of 1.12. He's pitched 148 innings thus far while surrendering 135 hits over that time in which the Indians are 6-15. Against the over/under, the Indians are 8-13 when he starts. The team is averaging 2.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.21 and they have given up 262 base hits on the year. The Indians bullpen has struck out 285 batters and walked 102 this season while opposing teams have hit .243 against them. Cleveland has a team average of 8.56 hits per game and are averaging 9.22 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.00, they are 21st in the league.
They are batting .248 as a team, which is good for 23rd in the league and hitting .250 at home. The Indians hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 10th in baseball. With 125 hits, Jason Kipnis leads the team while his team ranks 24th in hits per game with 8.32.
Kansas City has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 56 errors with 976 assists and 2,619 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Indians have accumlated 53 errors while having 927 assists and 2,605 put outs leading to a .985 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 41-46 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 57-41 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 48-49 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 42-56 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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