Monday, September 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Tommy Milone (7-4) vs. Yordano Ventura (10-7)
The Kansas City Royals welcome the Minnesota Twins to Kauffman Stadium on Monday. The probable starters are Tommy Milone for the Twins and Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +167 and Kansas City at -177. The over/under was set at 8. The Twins have a 63-63 over/under record and a 81-54 run line mark, meaning they cover 60% of the time. The Royals have a 59-63 over/under record and a 75-60 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 56% of the time.
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The Twins come into this game with a 70-65 record, and they are 28-39 away from home. Tommy Milone has a 7-4 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.60 and a 1.22 WHIP. In his starts, the Twins are 9-9 over his 105 innings pitched this season while giving up 100 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 8-8. The team is averaging 4.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 4.02 and they've given up 410 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .251 against the Twins bullpen while walking 136 times and striking out 313 times. Minnesota is averaging 6.35 strikeouts per game while getting 9.52 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 21st in baseball in team earned run average at 4.17.
Minnesota is batting .248 as a team, which is good for 25th in the league and hitting .229 away from home. Ranked at 29th in the league in on-base percentage, the Twins sit at .302 and they hold a .399 team slugging percentage. Joe Mauer leads the team in hits with 133 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.32 hits per game.
With a 82-53 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 47-24 at home. Yordano Ventura has a record of 10-7 while sporting an earned run average of 4.24 on the year with a 1.26 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 12-10 and he has allowed 118 hits over 127.1 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 9-10. The team is averaging 4.9 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.48 and they have given up 337 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .208 against the Royals bullpen while walking 140 times and striking out 409 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.1 strikeouts per game while getting 8.41 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65.
They are batting .272 as a team, which is good for 1st in the league and hitting .285 at home. Ranked at 7th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .324 and they hold a .412 team slugging percentage. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 155 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.32 hits a game.
The Twins have committed 70 errors and have combined for 1,352 assists and 3,588 put outs leading to a .986 team fielding percentage. The Royals have committed 73 errors on the season with 1,340 assists and 3,613 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 63-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 81-54 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 59-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 75-60 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/03/15 P Glen Perkins Back out indefinitely
08/26/15 P J.R. Graham Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/26)
08/13/15 P Phil Hughes Back Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/10)
06/04/15 P Ricky Nolasco Ankle Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (6/1)
05/16/15 CF Jordan Schafer Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/16)
Kansas City Royals
09/06/15 1B Eric Hosmer Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Chicago White Sox
09/06/15 3B Mike Moustakas Hamstring is upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Chicago White Sox
09/02/15 P Kelvin Herrera Illness expected to miss 1-2 weeks
09/01/15 RF Alex Rios Illness expected to miss 1-2 weeks
07/22/15 P Jason Vargas Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/22); out for season
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Twins
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