Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy (4-5) vs. Justin Verlander (1-3)
The Kansas City Royals visit Comerica Park on Tuesday to play the Detroit Tigers. Danny Duffy is the probable starter for the Royals and he'll face Justin Verlander of the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -105 and Detroit at -105. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Royals, with a 60-44 run line record, cover the spread 58% of the time. They also have a 44-49 over/under record. The Tigers have a 58-43 over/under record and a 50-55 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 48% of the time.
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The Royals come into this game with a 62-42 record, and they are 28-24 away from home. Danny Duffy has a 4-5 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.28 and a 1.43 WHIP. He's pitched 82 innings thus far while surrendering 84 hits over that time and when he starts, the Royals are 9-6. Against the over/under, the Royals are 6-9 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.1 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.33 and they've given up 264 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 314 and walked 116 batters this season while opposing teams hit .207 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.36 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.87 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.60, they are 10th in the league.
Kansas City is batting .269 as a team, which is good for 4th in the league and hitting .260 away from home. Ranked at 11th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .319 and they hold a .405 team slugging percentage. With 121 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.17.
With a 51-54 overall record, Detroit will come into this game 25-27 at home. Justin Verlander has a record of 1-3 while sporting an earned run average of 4.86 on the year with a 1.24 WHIP. He's pitched 50 innings thus far while surrendering 50 hits over that time in which the Tigers are 1-7. Against the over/under, the Tigers are 6-2 when he starts. The team is averaging 3.4 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 4.30 and they have given up 331 hits on the season. The Tigers bullpen has struck out 258 batters and walked 117 this season while opposing teams have hit .272 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.34 hits per game and are averaging 7.03 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.45, they are 26th in the league.
They are batting .276 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .287 at home. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .332 and they hold a .431 team slugging percentage. With 124 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.62.
The Royals have committed 59 errors and have combined for 1,042 assists and 2,776 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Tigers have accumlated 52 errors while having 1046 assists and 2,831 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 44-49 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 60-44 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 58-43 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 50-55 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)
08/01/15 P Alfredo Simon Groin expected to miss next start Saturday vs Boston Red Sox
07/04/15 1B Miguel Cabrera Calf Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/3)
05/24/15 P Kyle Lobstein Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/23)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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