Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez (4-4) vs. Kyle Gibson (4-3)
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The Kansas City Royals take on the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday at Target Field. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Kyle Gibson for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -107 and Minnesota at -101. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals, with a 31-24 run line record, cover the spread 56% of the time. They also have a 23-27 over/under record. The Twins are 36-21 against the run line and have a 30-26 over/under record. They cover the spread 63% of the time.
The Royals come into this game with a 32-23 record, and they are 13-12 away from home. Edinson Volquez has an earned run average of 3.26 and is 4-4 so far on the season while having a 1.13 WHIP. The Royals are 7-4 over his 66.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 51 hits over that time period. The Royals are also 3-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 128 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 1.77. The bullpen has struck out 160 and walked 63 batters this season while opposing teams hit .193 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 7.88 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.88 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.45, they are 6th in the league.
Kansas City ranks 4th in the league in team batting average at .270 while hitting .273 on the road. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .320, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .408. With 63 hits, Mike Moustakas leads the team while his team ranks 5th in hits per game with 9.2.
With a 33-24 overall record, Minnesota will come into this game 20-10 at home. Kyle Gibson is starting this game 4-3 for the season with an earned run average of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.25. The Twins have a record of 6-5 over the 69 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 65 hits. The Twins are also 4-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 3.9 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 174 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 3.71. The Twins bullpen has struck out 116 batters and walked 52 this season while opposing teams have hit .256 against them. Minnesota has a team average of 9.51 hits per game and are averaging 5.86 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.82, they are 13th in the league.
They rank 14th in the league in team batting average with a .252 average while hitting .284 at home. The Twins on-base percentage sits at .304, which puts them at 23rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .382. With 58 hits, Brian Dozier leads the team while his team ranks 16th in hits per game with 8.49.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .985 with 30 total errors, 530 assists and 1,464 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Twins have accumlated 36 errors while having 604 assists and 1,525 put outs leading to a .983 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 23-27 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-24 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 30-26 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 36-21 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/03/15 P Jason Vargas Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/6)
05/25/15 P Danny Duffy Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/23)
05/17/15 P Brian Flynn Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/16)
05/07/15 C Erik Kratz Foot Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/4)
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)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
04/04/15 P Ervin Santana Suspension expected to miss 80 games
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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