Saturday, July 11, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Mark Buehrle (9-5) vs. Chris Young (7-4)
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Kauffman Stadium on Saturday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The Blue Jays send Mark Buehrle to the mound to face Chris Young of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at -115 and Kansas City at +105. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Blue Jays have a 42-39 over/under record and a 43-44 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Royals have a 37-37 over/under record and a 48-35 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 58% of the time.
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The Blue Jays show up with a 44-44 record, including 18-26 on the road. Mark Buehrle has a 9-5 record on the season, an earned run average of 3.38 and a 1.19 WHIP. The Blue Jays are 10-7 over his 114.1 innings pitched and he's also given up 116 hits over that time period. The Blue Jays are also 8-8 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 6.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 228 hits on the season and have a earned run average of 3.57. 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 8.8 hits allowed per game and are averaging 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 4.16, they are 23rd in the league.
Toronto is batting .264 as a team, which is good for 6th in the league and hitting .248 away from home. The Blue Jays on-base percentage sits at .331, which puts them at 3rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .442. With 104 hits, Josh Donaldson leads the team while his team ranks 6th in hits per game with 8.92.
Kansas City is 28-15 at home while holding a 50-33 overall record on the season. Chris Young has a record of 7-4 while sporting an earned run average of 2.89 on the year with a 1.01 WHIP. The Royals have a record of 8-4 over the 81 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 60 hits. The Royals are also 4-7 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.2 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 193 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 2.06. 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 8.09 hits per game and are averaging 6.87 strikeouts per nine innings. With a team earned run average of 3.53, they are 7th in the league.
They are batting .273 as a team, which is good for 2nd in the league and hitting .280 at home. The Royals on-base percentage sits at .324, which puts them at 6th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .407. With 88 hits, Alcides Escobar leads the team while his team ranks 2nd in hits per game with 9.3.
In terms of team defense, the Blue Jays have a fielding percentage of .984 with 51 total errors, 879 assists and 2,334 put outs. Over the course of this season, the Royals have accumlated 44 errors while having 807 assists and 2,205 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 37-37 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 48-35 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
07/10/15 3B Mike Moustakas Personal is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Friday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
07/09/15 LF Alex Gordon Groin Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/9)
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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