Friday, July 10, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Marco Estrada (6-4) vs. Danny Duffy (2-4)
The Toronto Blue Jays visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday to play the Kansas City Royals. Marco Estrada is the probable starter for the Blue Jays and he'll face Danny Duffy of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +100 and Kansas City at -110. The over/under was set at 8. The Blue Jays, with a 43-44 run line record, cover the spread 49% of the time. They also have a 42-39 over/under record. The Royals have a 36-37 over/under record and a 47-35 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 58% of the time.
The Blue Jays come into this game with a 44-44 record, and they are 18-26 away from home. Starting pitcher Marco Estrada holds a 6-4 record with an earned run average of 3.59 and a WHIP of 1.16. He's pitched 80.1 innings thus far while surrendering 65 hits over that time and when he starts, the Blue Jays are 6-6. The Blue Jays are also 7-5 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 5.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.57 and they've given up 228 hits on the season. The bullpen has struck out 264 and walked 81 batters this season while opposing teams hit .229 against them. Toronto has a team average of 8.84 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.19 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.18, they are 23rd in the league.
Toronto is batting .265 as a team, which is good for 4th in the league and hitting .250 away from home. Ranked at 2nd in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .332 and they hold a .445 team slugging percentage. With 102 hits, Josh Donaldson leads the team while his team ranks 6th in hits per game with 8.98.
With a 49-33 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 27-15 at home. With an earned run average of 5.14, Danny Duffy will come into this game holding a 2-4 record and a 1.59 WHIP. He's pitched 56 innings thus far while surrendering 65 hits over that time in which the Royals are 6-5. The Royals are also 6-5 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.5 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.06 and they have given up 193 hits on the season. The Royals bullpen has struck out 247 batters and walked 93 this season while opposing teams have hit .194 against them. Kansas City has a team average of 8.12 hits per game and are averaging 6.88 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.53, they are 7th in the league.
They are batting .272 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .278 at home. Ranked at 8th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .323 and they hold a .404 team slugging percentage. With 87 hits, Mike Moustakas leads the team while his team ranks 3rd in hits per game with 9.26.
The Blue Jays have committed 50 errors and have combined for 869 assists and 2,310 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 43 errors while having 796 assists and 2,178 put outs leading to a .986 fielding percentage.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 42-39 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-44 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 36-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 47-35 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Toronto Blue Jays
06/14/15 P Aaron Sanchez Side Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/6)
05/10/15 RF Michael Saunders Knee Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (5/10)
04/06/15 2B Maicer Izturis Groin Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/06/15 P Marcus Stroman Knee Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/6)
Kansas City Royals
07/09/15 LF Alex Gordon Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/9)
07/07/15 3B Mike Moustakas Personal placed on the family emergency/bereavement list
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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