Sunday, August 16, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Hector Santiago (7-6) vs. Yordano Ventura (7-7)
The Los Angeles Angels head to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to take on the Kansas City Royals. Hector Santiago is the probable starter for the Angels and he'll face Yordano Ventura of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +129 and Kansas City at -139. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Angels have a 53-58 over/under record and a 52-63 run line mark, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Royals are 65-50 against the run line and have a 49-55 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The Angels head into this matchup with a 60-55 record, including 24-32 on the road. Hector Santiago has an earned run average of 2.87 and is 7-6 so far on the season while having a 1.17 WHIP. In his starts, the Angels are 12-10 over his 134.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 116 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Angels are 11-11 in his starts. The team is averaging 4.9 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 295 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 3.47. The bullpen has struck out 291 and walked 104 batters this season while opposing teams hit .238 against them. Los Angeles has a team average of 8.33 hits allowed per game and are averaging 8.78 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.54, they are 7th in the league.
Los Angeles is batting .256 as a team, which is good for 9th in the league and hitting .255 away from home. The Angels on-base percentage sits at .331, which puts them at 1st in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .426. With 124 hits, Mike Trout leads the team while his team ranks 20th in hits per game with 8.5.
With a 40-20 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 69-46 overall mark. Yordano Ventura is starting this game 7-7 for the season with an earned run average of 4.97 and a WHIP of 1.34. In his starts, the Royals are 8-10 and he has allowed 100 hits over 101.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Royals are 8-9 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.4 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 290 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.45. The Royals bullpen has struck out 344 batters and walked 126 this season while opposing teams have hit .210 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.3 hits per game and are averaging 6.81 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.59, they are 8th in the league.
They are batting .269 as a team, which is good for 3rd in the league and hitting .278 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .321, which puts them at 9th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .407. With 134 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 5th in hits per game with 9.15.
In terms of team defense, the Angels have a fielding percentage of .985 with 63 total errors, 1,057 assists and 3,078 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 62 errors while having 1154 assists and 3,067 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 53-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 52-63 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 49-55 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 65-50 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
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
08/15/15 C Salvador Perez Wrist is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday 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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