Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez (13-9) vs. Marco Estrada (13-8)
The Kansas City Royals take on the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday at Rogers Centre in Game 5 of the ALCS. Edinson Volquez is the probable starter for the Royals and he'll face Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +130 and Toronto at -152. The over/under was set at 9. The Royals, with a 93-77 run line record, cover the spread 55% of the time. They also have a 78-78 over/under record. The Blue Jays are 94-76 against the run line and have a 83-75 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Royals come into this game with a 100-70 record, and they are 45-39 away from home. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez holds a 13-9 record with an earned run average of 3.55 and a WHIP of 1.31. In his starts, the Royals are 15-11 over his 200.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 190 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 13-13. The team is averaging 5.1 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.72 and they have given up 419 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .211 against the Royals bullpen while walking 191 times and striking out 502 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.36 strikeouts per game while getting 8.48 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 11th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.77.
Kansas City is batting .268 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .259 away from home. The Royals hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 11th in baseball. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 184 while the team ranks 3rd in baseball with 9.22 hits per game.
With a 97-73 overall record, Toronto will come into this game 55-30 at home. With an earned run average of 3.13, Marco Estrada will come into this game holding a 13-8 record and a 1.04 WHIP. In his starts, the Blue Jays are 15-10 and he has allowed 134 hits over 181 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 13-12. The team is averaging 4.9 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.50 and they have given up 412 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .229 against the Blue Jays bullpen while walking 130 times and striking out 459 times. Toronto is averaging 6.96 strikeouts per game while getting 8.45 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.84.
They are batting .267 as a team, which is good for 4th in the league and hitting .274 at home. The Blue Jays hold a .455 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338 which is good for 1st in baseball. Josh Donaldson leads the team in hits with 190 while the team ranks 7th in baseball with 9.09 hits a game.
Kansas City has a team fielding percentage of .985 after having committed 88 errors with 1,611 assists and 4,356 put outs for the season. The Blue Jays have committed 88 errors on the season with 1,592 assists and 4,323 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 78-78 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 93-77 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 83-75 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 94-76 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/24/15 P Greg Holland Elbow out for season
09/19/15 2B Omar Infante Oblique out indefinitely
07/22/15 P Jason Vargas Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/22); out for season
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)
Toronto Blue Jays
10/09/15 P Brett Cecil Calf out indefinitely
07/29/15 2B Devon Travis Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (7/29)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/10)
04/06/15 2B Maicer Izturis Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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