Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Ervin Santana (0-0) vs. Danny Duffy (2-4)
The Kansas City Royals welcome the Minnesota Twins to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday. The probable starters are Ervin Santana for the Twins and Danny Duffy for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +128 and Kansas City at -138. The over/under was set at 8. The Twins, with a 49-31 run line record, cover the spread 61% of the time. They also have a 37-38 over/under record. The Royals are 44-33 against the run line and have a 33-36 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The Twins show up with a 42-38 record, including 17-23 on the road. Ervin Santana is making his season debut for Minnesota. He's been out the entire year with an injury thus far. The bullpen has given up 242 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.92. The bullpen has struck out 158 and walked 75 batters this season while opposing teams hit .259 against them. Minnesota has a team average of 9.49 hits allowed per game and are averaging 5.98 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.87, they are 15th in the league.
Minnesota is batting .249 as a team, which is good for 19th in the league and hitting .224 away from home. The Twins on-base percentage sits at .301, which puts them at 24th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .389. With 81 hits, Brian Dozier leads the team while his team ranks 22nd in hits per game with 8.31.
Kansas City is 23-14 at home while holding a 45-32 overall record on the season. Danny Duffy has a record of 2-4 while sporting an earned run average of 5.44 on the year with a 1.63 WHIP. He's pitched 49.2 innings thus far while surrendering 60 hits over that time in which the Royals are 5-5. Against the over/under, the Royals are 6-4 when he starts. The team is averaging 4.7 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 175 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.05. The Royals bullpen has struck out 230 batters and walked 87 this season while opposing teams have hit .190 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.02 hits per game and are averaging 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.52, they are 8th in the league.
They are batting .269 as a team, which is good for 3rd in the league and hitting .273 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .319, which puts them at 12th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .401. With 86 hits, Mike Moustakas leads the team while his team ranks 4th in hits per game with 9.18.
In terms of team defense, the Twins have a fielding percentage of .985 with 46 total errors, 836 assists and 2,126 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 41 errors while having 744 assists and 2,043 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 37-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 49-31 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 33-36 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 44-33 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/03/15 CF Shane Robinson Personal out indefinitely
06/26/15 CF Byron Buxton Thumb Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/25)
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 Served expected to start Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
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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