Sunday, August 30, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy (7-6) vs. Nathan Karns (7-5)
The Tampa Bay Rays host the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field on Sunday. Danny Duffy is the probable starter for the Royals and he'll face Nathan Karns of the Rays. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -110 and Tampa Bay at +100. The over/under was set at 7. The Royals have a 54-61 over/under record and a 71-57 run line mark, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Rays are 70-58 against the run line and have a 57-62 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Royals show up with a 79-49 record, including 34-28 on the road. Danny Duffy has an earned run average of 4.13 and is 7-6 so far on the season while having a 1.39 WHIP. The Royals are 13-7 over his 109 innings pitched and he's also given up 110 hits over that time period. The Royals are also 7-13 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 4 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 2.37 and they've given up 316 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 386 and walked 135 batters this season while opposing teams hit .206 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.3 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.01 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.55, they are 6th in the league.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .270, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .261 average away from home. Ranked at 10th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .322 and they hold a .409 team slugging percentage. With 146 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.21.
Tampa Bay is 31-32 at home while holding a 63-65 overall record on the season. Nathan Karns is starting this game 7-5 for the season with an earned run average of 3.69 and a WHIP of 1.27. The Rays have a record of 11-14 over the 139 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 122 hits. The Rays are also 12-12 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 3.81 and they have given up 371 hits on the season. The Rays bullpen has struck out 411 batters and walked 150 this season while opposing teams have hit .231 against them. Tampa Bay has a team average of 8.04 hits per game and are averaging 8.47 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.68, they are 9th in the league.
As a team, they are batting .247, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .245 average at home. Ranked at 18th in the league in on-base percentage, the Rays sit at .311 and they hold a .393 team slugging percentage. With 127 hits, Evan Longoria leads the team while his team ranks 26th in hits per game with 8.29.
The Royals have committed 70 errors and have combined for 1,271 assists and 3,427 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Rays have accumulated 74 errors while having 1,112 assists and 3,435 put outs leading to a .984 fielding percentage.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 54-61 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 71-57 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 57-62 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 70-58 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
07/09/15 LF Alex Gordon Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/9)
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)
Tampa Bay Rays
08/27/15 CF Desmond Jennings Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26)
08/26/15 C Curt Casali Hamstring Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/25)
08/21/15 P Jake McGee Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/19)
08/01/15 RF Steven Souza Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/2)
05/09/15 P Alex Cobb Forearm Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27), out for season
04/29/15 P Kirby Yates Pectoral Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/29)
04/18/15 P Jeff Beliveau Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/22), out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays
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