Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura (6-7) vs. Anibal Sanchez (10-9)
The Detroit Tigers welcome the Kansas City Royals to Comerica Park on Thursday. The probable starters are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -130 and Detroit at +120. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals, with a 61-44 run line record, cover the spread 58% of the time. They also have a 44-50 over/under record. The Tigers are 50-56 against the run line and have a 58-44 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 63-42 record, including 29-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura holds a 6-7 record with an earned run average of 4.98 and a WHIP of 1.30. In his starts, the Royals are 7-9 over his 90.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 90 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 7-8. He is getting 4.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 264 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.31. The bullpen has struck out 314 and walked 116 batters this season while opposing teams hit .206 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.33 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.82 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.57, they are 8th in the league.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .270, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .261 average away from home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .319, which puts them at 11th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .406. With 123 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.2.
Detroit is 25-28 at home while holding a 51-55 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 4.77, Anibal Sanchez will come into this game holding a 10-9 record and a 1.26 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 11-11 and he has allowed 137 hits over 143.1 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 13-6. He is getting 5.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 335 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.25. The Tigers bullpen has struck out 260 batters and walked 117 this season while opposing teams have hit .271 against them. Detroit has a team average of 9.36 hits per game and are averaging 7.01 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.46, they are 26th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .275, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .285 average at home. The Tigers on-base percentage sits at .331, which puts them at 2nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .429. With 124 hits, Ian Kinsler leads the team while his team ranks 1st in hits per game with 9.58.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .985 with 59 total errors, 1,053 assists and 2,803 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Tigers have accumlated 52 errors while having 1051 assists and 2,858 put outs leading to a .987 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 44-50 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 61-44 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 58-44 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 50-56 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)
08/05/15 P Alfredo Simon Groin expected to miss 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 Tigers
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