Friday, June 26, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez (7-4) vs. Jesse Hahn (5-5)
The Kansas City Royals take on the Oakland Athletics on Friday at O.co Coliseum. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Jesse Hahn for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +118 and Oakland at -128. The over/under was set at 7. The Royals have a 31-32 over/under record and a 40-29 run line mark, meaning they cover 58% of the time. The Athletics have a 43-27 over/under record and a 37-37 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 50% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 41-28 record, including 19-15 on the road. Edinson Volquez has an earned run average of 3.33 and is 7-4 so far on the season while having a 1.22 WHIP. He's pitched 83.2 innings thus far while surrendering 71 hits over that time and when he starts, the Royals are 10-4. Against the over/under, the Royals are 6-6 in his starts. He is getting 4.9 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 162 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 2.06. Opposing teams are hitting .193 against the Royals bullpen while walking 80 times and striking out 205 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.79 strikeouts per game while getting 8.1 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 6th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.54.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .274, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .271 average away from home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .323, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .409. Mike Moustakas leads the team in hits with 81 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.35 hits per game.
Oakland is 14-20 at home while holding a 33-41 overall record on the season. Jesse Hahn is starting this game 5-5 for the season with an earned run average of 3.40 and a WHIP of 1.15. He's pitched 84.2 innings thus far while surrendering 75 hits over that time in which the Athletics are 6-8. Against the over/under, the Athletics are 9-5 when he starts. He is getting 4.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has given up 202 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.56. Opposing teams are hitting .251 against the Athletics bullpen while walking 76 times and striking out 199 times. Oakland is averaging 7.65 strikeouts per game while getting 8.16 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.55.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .273 average at Safeco Field. The Athletics on-base percentage sits at .325, which puts them at 8th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .401. Marcus Semien leads the team in hits with 73 while the team ranks 6th in baseball with 9.11 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .986 with 36 total errors, 665 assists and 1,833 put outs. The Athletics have committed 72 errors on the season with 744 assists and 1,965 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .974 on the year.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 31-32 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 40-29 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 43-27 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 37-37 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/25/15 CF Lorenzo Cain Hamstring probable Friday vs. Oakland Athletics
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)
06/14/15 P Pat Venditte Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/11)
05/30/15 P Sean Doolittle Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/28)
05/23/15 CF Coco Crisp Neck Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/21)
05/23/15 2B Tyler Ladendorf Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/22)
04/05/15 P Jarrod Parker Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/05/15 P Sean Nolin Abdominal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/4)
04/04/15 P Taylor Thompson Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/26)
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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