Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Kris Medlen (3-1) vs. Josh Tomlin (5-1)
The Cleveland Indians welcome the Kansas City Royals to Progressive Field on Tuesday. The Royals send Kris Medlen to the mound to face Josh Tomlin of the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +114 and Cleveland at -124. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 63-65 over/under record and a 77-65 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Indians have a 70-70 over/under record and a 68-73 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 48% of the time.
The Royals come into this game with a 84-58 record, and they are 36-31 away from home. Starting pitcher Kris Medlen holds a 3-1 record with an earned run average of 4.58 and a WHIP of 1.15. The Royals are 2-2 over his 37.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 33 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Royals are 3-1 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.2 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.69 and they have given up 363 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 430 and walked 156 batters this season while opposing teams hit .211 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.5 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.12 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.78, they are 10th in the league.
Kansas City is batting .271 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .261 away from home. The Royals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 10th in baseball. With 159 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 3rd in hits per game with 9.29.
With a 70-71 overall record, Cleveland will come into this game 31-35 at home. With an earned run average of 2.85, Josh Tomlin will come into this game holding a 5-1 record and a 0.73 WHIP. The Indians have a record of 5-1 over the 41 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 27 hits. Against the over/under, the Indians are 4-2 when he starts. The team is averaging 6.3 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.18 and they have given up 371 base hits on the year. The Indians bullpen has struck out 384 batters and walked 134 this season while opposing teams have hit .243 against them. Cleveland has a team average of 8.14 hits per game and are averaging 8.86 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.81, they are 11th in the league.
They are batting .255 as a team, which is good for 10th in the league and hitting .272 at home. The Indians hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 6th in baseball. With 156 hits, Michael Brantley leads the team while his team ranks 13th in hits per game with 8.64.
Kansas City has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 76 errors with 1,421 assists and 3,805 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Indians have accumulated 72 errors while having 1,344 assists and 3,767 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 63-65 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 77-65 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 70-70 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 68-73 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
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)
09/06/15 P T.J. House Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list
09/04/15 P Corey Kluber Hamstring out indefinitely
07/08/15 P Nick Hagadone Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/7), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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