Sunday, June 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Young (5-2) vs. John Lackey (4-4)
The St. Louis Cardinals host the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium on Sunday. The Royals send Chris Young to the mound to face John Lackey of the Cardinals. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +130 and St. Louis at -140. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 24-29 over/under record and a 33-25 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Cardinals are 36-25 against the run line and have a 22-37 over/under record. They cover the spread 59% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 34-24 record, including 15-13 on the road. Chris Young has a 5-2 record on the season, an earned run average of 2.25 and a 0.94 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 5-2 over his 52 innings pitched this season while giving up 33 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 1-5. The team is averaging 4.1 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 133 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 1.82. Opposing teams are hitting .191 against the Royals bullpen while walking 67 times and striking out 170 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.88 strikeouts per game while getting 7.76 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 5th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.38.
Kansas City is batting .267 as a team, which is good for 5th in the league and hitting .267 away from home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .317, which puts them at 14th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .402. Mike Moustakas leads the team in hits with 67 while the team ranks 5th in baseball with 9.1 hits per game.
St. Louis is 23-7 at home while holding a 40-21 overall record on the season. John Lackey has a record of 4-4 while sporting an earned run average of 3.74 on the year with a 1.29 WHIP. In his starts, the Cardinals are 6-6 and he has allowed 78 hits over 74.2 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 4-8. The team is averaging 3.2 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 155 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 1.97. Opposing teams are hitting .231 against the Cardinals bullpen while walking 58 times and striking out 167 times. St. Louis is averaging 8.13 strikeouts per game while getting 8.25 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.66.
They are batting .262 as a team, which is good for 7th in the league and hitting .277 at home. The Cardinals on-base percentage sits at .326, which puts them at 6th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .392. Jhonny Peralta leads the team in hits with 70 while the team ranks 8th in baseball with 8.9 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Royals have a fielding percentage of .985 with 31 total errors, 560 assists and 1,542 put outs. The Cardinals have committed 35 errors on the season with 606 assists and 1,653 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 24-29 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 33-25 against the run line so far this season
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 22-37 against the over/under so far this season
The St. Louis Cardinals are 36-25 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/12/15 P Yordano Ventura Hand left last game, "?" next start
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)
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)
St. Louis Cardinals
06/12/15 P Lance Lynn Forearm Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/8)
06/09/15 LF Matt Holliday Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (06/10)
05/27/15 1B Matt Adams Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (05/26), out for regular season
05/03/15 P Jordan Walden Bicep Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/30)
04/28/15 P Adam Wainwright Achilles Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/25); out for season
04/04/15 LF Tommy Pham Quad Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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