Friday, July 3, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tommy Milone (4-1) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (6-5)
The Minnesota Twins visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Tommy Milone for the Twins and Jeremy Guthrie for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +144 and Kansas City at -154. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins, with a 47-31 run line record, cover the spread 60% of the time. They also have a 37-36 over/under record. The Royals are 44-31 against the run line and have a 33-34 over/under record. They cover the spread 59% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 41-37 record, including 16-22 on the road. Tommy Milone has an earned run average of 3.19 and is 4-1 so far on the season while having a 1.29 WHIP. In his starts, the Twins are 5-4 over his 53.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 51 hits during those innings. Against the over/under, the Twins are 5-3 in his starts. The team is averaging 5.8 runs when he starts. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.92 and they have given up 237 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 156 and walked 74 batters this season while opposing teams hit .258 against them. Minnesota has a team average of 9.54 hits allowed per game and are averaging 5.96 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.91, they are 16th in the league.
Minnesota is batting .250 as a team, which is good for 19th in the league and hitting .224 away from home. The Twins hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 24th in baseball. With 81 hits, Brian Dozier leads the team while his team ranks 20th in hits per game with 8.33.
With a 22-13 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 44-31 overall mark. Jeremy Guthrie is starting this game 6-5 for the season with an earned run average of 5.68 and a WHIP of 1.52. In his starts, the Royals are 9-6 and he has allowed 102 hits over 82.1 innings pitched this season. Against the over/under, the Royals are 7-6 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.1 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.06 and they have given up 171 base hits on the year. The Royals bullpen has struck out 223 batters and walked 87 this season while opposing teams have hit .190 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.05 hits per game and are averaging 6.92 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.56, they are 9th in the league.
They are batting .271 as a team, which is good for 3rd in the league and hitting .277 at home. The Royals hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 11th in baseball. With 85 hits, Mike Moustakas leads the team while his team ranks 3rd in hits per game with 9.24.
Minnesota has a team fielding percentage of .984 after having committed 46 errors with 812 assists and 2,071 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 39 errors while having 720 assists and 1,986 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 37-36 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 47-31 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 33-34 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 44-31 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/02/15 CF Shane Robinson Elbow "?" Thursday vs. Kansas City Royals
06/26/15 CF Byron Buxton Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
06/14/15 CF Aaron Hicks Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
04/04/15 P Ervin Santana Suspension expected to miss 80 games, expected to start Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
07/01/15 1B Eric Hosmer Finger "?" Thursday vs. Minnesota Twins
06/18/15 P Yordano Ventura Hand Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/13)
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)
04/04/15 P Kris Medlen Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/07)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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