Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Kyle Gibson (9-9) vs. Edinson Volquez (12-7)
The Kansas City Royals welcome the Minnesota Twins to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday. Kyle Gibson is the probable starter for the Twins and he'll face Edinson Volquez of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +157 and Kansas City at -167. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Twins, with a 81-55 run line record, cover the spread 60% of the time. They also have a 64-63 over/under record. The Royals are 75-61 against the run line and have a 60-63 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Twins head into this matchup with a 70-66 record, including 28-40 on the road. Kyle Gibson has a 9-9 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.84 and a 1.30 WHIP. The Twins are 14-13 over his 164 innings pitched and he's also given up 159 hits over that time period. Against the over/under, the Twins are 10-14 in his starts. He is getting 3.6 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.14 and they have given up 415 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .253 against the Twins bullpen while walking 139 times and striking out 314 times. Minnesota is averaging 6.38 strikeouts per game while getting 9.54 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 21st in baseball in team earned run average at 4.20.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .248, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .229 average away from home. The Twins hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302 which is good for 29th in baseball. Joe Mauer leads the team in hits with 133 while the team ranks 26th in baseball with 8.32 hits per game.
With a 47-25 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 82-54 overall mark. Edinson Volquez has a record of 12-7 while sporting an earned run average of 3.53 on the year with a 1.29 WHIP. The Royals have a record of 20-8 over the 168.1 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 157 hits. Against the over/under, the Royals are 13-12 when he starts. He is getting 5.3 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.48 and they have given up 342 base hits on the year. Opposing teams are hitting .208 against the Royals bullpen while walking 142 times and striking out 412 times. Kansas City is averaging 7.1 strikeouts per game while getting 8.44 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68.
As a team, they are batting .272, good for 1st in the league while putting together a .284 average at home. The Royals hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 9th in baseball. Eric Hosmer leads the team in hits with 155 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.3 hits a game.
Minnesota has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 70 errors with 1,361 assists and 3,612 put outs for the season. The Royals have committed 73 errors on the season with 1,347 assists and 3,640 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .986 on the year.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 64-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 81-55 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 60-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 75-61 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
09/02/15 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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