Saturday, August 15, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker (5-8) vs. Johnny Cueto (1-1)
The Los Angeles Angels visit Kauffman Stadium on Saturday to play the Kansas City Royals. The Angels send Matt Shoemaker to the mound to face Johnny Cueto of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +169 and Kansas City at -179. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Angels, with a 52-62 run line record, cover the spread 44% of the time. They also have a 53-57 over/under record. The Royals have a 49-54 over/under record and a 64-50 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 56% of the time.
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The Angels come into this game with a 60-54 record, and they are 24-31 away from home. Matt Shoemaker has a 5-8 record on the season, an earned run average of 4.36 and a 1.24 WHIP. He's pitched 115.2 innings thus far while surrendering 116 hits over that time and when he starts, the Angels are 9-11. The Angels are also 9-9 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.8 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.47 and they've given up 293 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .237 against the Angels bullpen while walking 102 times and striking out 291 times. Los Angeles is averaging 8.8 strikeouts per game while getting 8.36 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 7th in baseball in team earned run average at 3.55.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .256, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .255 average away from home. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Angels sit at .330 and they hold a .425 team slugging percentage. Mike Trout leads the team in hits with 123 while the team ranks 20th in baseball with 8.48 hits per game.
With a 68-46 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 39-20 at home. Johnny Cueto has a record of 1-1 while sporting an earned run average of 2.05 on the year with a 0.91 WHIP. He's pitched 22 innings thus far while surrendering 16 hits over that time in which the Royals are 1-2. The Royals are also 1-2 against the over/under in his starts. He is getting 3.7 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.47 and they have given up 288 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .210 against the Royals bullpen while walking 124 times and striking out 340 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.82 strikeouts per game while getting 8.31 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.61.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. Ranked at 9th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .321 and they hold a .408 team slugging percentage. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 132 while the team ranks 5th in baseball with 9.18 hits a game.
The Angels have committed 61 errors and have combined for 1,050 assists and 3,054 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. The Royals have committed 62 errors on the season with 1142 assists and 3,040 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 53-57 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 52-62 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 49-54 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 64-50 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
08/14/15 SS Erick Aybar Back is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup 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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