Saturday, September 19, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez (13-8) vs. Matt Boyd (1-5)
The Kansas City Royals head to Comerica Park on Saturday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Matt Boyd for the Tigers. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -130 and Detroit at +120. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Royals, with a 79-67 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 65-67 over/under record. The Tigers have a 78-60 over/under record and a 67-78 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 46% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 86-60 record, including 38-33 on the road. Edinson Volquez has a 13-8 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.59 and a 1.29 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 21-9 over his 180.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 170 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Royals are 14-13 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.69 and they've given up 375 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen while being struck out 446 times and walking 163 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.54 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.12 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79.
Kansas City ranks 2nd in the league in team batting average at .270 while hitting .260 on the road. Ranked at 12th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .322 and they hold a .412 team slugging percentage. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.26 hits per game and Eric Hosmer leads the team with 161.
Detroit is 33-38 at home while holding a 67-78 overall record on the season. Matt Boyd has a record of 1-5 while sporting an earned run average of 8.02 on the year with a 1.73 WHIP. In his starts, the Tigers are 2-7 and he has allowed 60 hits over 42.2 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Tigers are 4-5 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 3.7 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 4.58 and they have given up 482 hits on the season. Teams are hitting .274 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 358 times and walking 182 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.89 batters per nine. They are 28th in the league in team earned run average at 4.75.
They rank 1st in the league in team batting average with a .272 average while hitting .276 at home. Ranked at 4th in the league in on-base percentage, the Tigers sit at .328 and they hold a .425 team slugging percentage. They rank 1st in baseball with 9.48 hits per game and Ian Kinsler leads the team with 172.
The Royals have committed 81 errors and have combined for 1,451 assists and 3,907 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. For the home team, they hold a .987 team fielding percentage while committing 73 errors, accumulating 1,441 assists and compiling 3,901 put outs.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 65-67 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 79-67 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 78-60 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 67-78 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)
09/16/15 3B Nick Castellanos Groin "?" Friday vs. Kansas City Royals
09/10/15 P Buck Farmer Forearm "?" for next scheduled start
09/04/15 SS Jose Iglesias Finger out indefinitely
08/20/15 P Anibal Sanchez Rotator Cuff Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/20)
05/08/15 P Joe Nathan Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/7), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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