Friday, August 14, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Jered Weaver (4-8) vs. Danny Duffy (5-5)
The Kansas City Royals host the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium on Friday. The Angels send Jered Weaver to the mound to face Danny Duffy of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +123 and Kansas City at -133. The over/under was set at 8. The Angels, with a 52-61 run line record, cover the spread 45% of the time. They also have a 52-57 over/under record. The Royals have a 48-54 over/under record and a 63-50 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 56% of the time.
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The Angels show up with a 59-54 record, including 23-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver holds a 4-8 record with an earned run average of 4.69 and a WHIP of 1.22. In his starts, the Angels are 7-9 over his 101.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 108 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Angels are 7-8 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 3.4 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 289 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.41. Opposing teams are hitting .237 against the Angels bullpen while walking 100 times and striking out 289 times. Los Angeles is averaging 8.8 strikeouts per game while getting 8.3 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 6th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.50.
Los Angeles ranks 9th in the league in team batting average at .255 while hitting .255 on the road. The Angels on-base percentage sits at .330, which puts them at 2nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .425. Mike Trout leads the team in hits with 122 while the team ranks 20th in baseball with 8.46 hits per game.
Kansas City is 39-19 at home while holding a 68-45 overall record on the season. With an earned run average of 4.19, Danny Duffy will come into this game holding a 5-5 record and a 1.42 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 11-6 and he has allowed 93 hits over 92.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Royals are 7-10 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 280 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.34. Opposing teams are hitting .206 against the Royals bullpen while walking 122 times and striking out 336 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.83 strikeouts per game while getting 8.3 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.58.
They rank 3rd in the league in team batting average with a .269 average while hitting .278 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .320, which puts them at 10th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .407. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 131 while the team ranks 5th in baseball with 9.15 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Angels have a fielding percentage of .986 with 59 total errors, 1,043 assists and 3,027 put outs. The Royals have committed 62 errors on the season with 1134 assists and 3,013 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 52-57 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 52-61 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 48-54 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 63-50 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/13/15 SS Erick Aybar Back "?" Friday vs. Kansas City Royals
08/11/15 LF Matt Joyce Concussion Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
07/31/15 P C.J. Wilson Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/29); out for season
07/22/15 3B David Freese Finger Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/22)
05/28/15 RF Collin Cowgill Wrist Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/27)
04/16/15 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
Kansas City Royals
08/13/15 C Salvador Perez Wrist "?" Friday vs. Los Angeles Angels
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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