Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy (2-3) vs. Dallas Keuchel (9-3)
The Kansas City Royals visit Minute Maid Park on Tuesday to play the Houston Astros. Danny Duffy is the probable starter for the Royals and he'll face Dallas Keuchel of the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +137 and Houston at -147. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals, with a 43-29 run line record, cover the spread 60% of the time. They also have a 32-33 over/under record. The Astros are 46-32 against the run line and have a 37-38 over/under record. They cover the spread 59% of the time.
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The Royals come into this game with a 44-28 record, and they are 22-15 away from home. Danny Duffy has a 2-3 record on the season, an earned run average of 5.44 and a 1.70 WHIP. The Royals are 5-4 over his 43 innings pitched and he's also given up 54 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Royals are 6-3 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 5.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 167 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.07. Opposing teams are hitting .193 against the Royals bullpen while walking 83 times and striking out 213 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.81 strikeouts per game while getting 8.03 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 6th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.47.
Kansas City ranks 2nd in the league in team batting average at .273 while hitting .270 on the road. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .322, which puts them at 9th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .408. Mike Moustakas leads the team in hits with 85 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.35 hits per game.
With a 44-34 overall record, Houston will come into this game 25-16 at home. Dallas Keuchel has a record of 9-3 while sporting an earned run average of 2.17 on the year with a 0.96 WHIP. The Astros have a record of 11-5 over the 116.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 81 hits. Against the over/under, the Astros are 7-9 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 161 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.60. Opposing teams are hitting .191 against the Astros bullpen while walking 65 times and striking out 240 times. Houston is averaging 7.77 strikeouts per game while getting 7.9 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.58.
They rank 26th in the league in team batting average with a .240 average while hitting .234 at home. The Astros on-base percentage sits at .308, which puts them at 21st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .426. Jose Altuve leads the team in hits with 82 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.05 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .985 with 39 total errors, 696 assists and 1,914 put outs. The Astros have committed 40 errors on the season with 843 assists and 2,103 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .987 on the year.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 32-33 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 43-29 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 37-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 46-32 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/18/15 P Yordano Ventura Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
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)
04/04/15 P Kris Medlen Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/07)
06/26/15 P Chad Qualls Neck Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/22/15 CF Jake Marisnick Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/19)
05/29/15 P Scott Feldman Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/27)
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/14)
04/28/15 SS Jed Lowrie Thumb Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/28)
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/14)
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros
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