Wednesday, September 9, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Pelfrey (6-9) vs. Kris Medlen (3-1)
The Minnesota Twins take on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. Mike Pelfrey is the probable starter for the Twins and he'll face Kris Medlen of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota at +155 and Kansas City at -165. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Twins, with a 82-55 run line record, cover the spread 60% of the time. They also have a 64-63 over/under record. The Royals have a 60-63 over/under record and a 75-62 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 55% of the time.
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The Twins head into this matchup with a 71-66 record, including 29-40 on the road. Starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey holds a 6-9 record with an earned run average of 4.17 and a WHIP of 1.46. In his starts, the Twins are 13-13 over his 146.2 innings pitched this season while giving up 172 hits during those innings. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 10-13. He is getting 4.2 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 418 base hits on the year. The bullpen has struck out 316 and walked 139 batters this season while opposing teams hit .254 against them. Minnesota has a team average of 9.53 hits allowed per game and are averaging 6.37 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.18, they are 22nd in the league.
As a team, Minnesota is batting .248, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .230 average away from home. The Twins hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 29th in baseball. With 133 hits, Joe Mauer leads the team while his team ranks 26th in hits per game with 8.33.
With a 47-26 home record, Kansas City will hope to improve on their 82-55 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.88, Kris Medlen will come into this game holding a 3-1 record and a 1.21 WHIP. In his starts, the Royals are 2-1 and he has allowed 30 hits over 31.1 innings pitched this season. Their record against the over/under when he starts is 3-0. He is getting 5 runs from the team when he takes the mound. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.50 and they have given up 344 base hits on the year. The Royals bullpen has struck out 415 batters and walked 144 this season while opposing teams have hit .207 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.45 hits per game and are averaging 7.13 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.70, they are 7th in the league.
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 .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 9th in baseball. With 155 hits, Eric Hosmer leads the team while his team ranks 2nd in hits per game with 9.3.
Minnesota has a team fielding percentage of .986 after having committed 70 errors with 1,379 assists and 3,639 put outs for the season. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumulated 73 errors while having 1,359 assists and 3,667 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 64-63 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 82-55 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 75-62 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
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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