Sunday, July 12, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Felix Doubront (1-0) vs. Edinson Volquez (8-4)
The Toronto Blue Jays take on the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium. The Blue Jays send Felix Doubront to the mound to face Edinson Volquez of the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Toronto at +107 and Kansas City at -117. The over/under was set at 8. The Blue Jays have a 42-40 over/under record and a 43-45 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Royals are 49-35 against the run line and have a 37-38 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
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The Blue Jays come into this game with a 44-45 record, and they are 18-27 away from home. Felix Doubront has an earned run average of 2.00 and is 1-0 so far on the season while having a 1.11 WHIP. The Blue Jays are 1-0 over his 9 innings pitched and he's also given up 9 hits over that time period. The Blue Jays are also 0-1 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates are averaging 2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently 3.56 and they've given up 230 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .228 against the Blue Jays bullpen while walking 81 times and striking out 267 times. Toronto is averaging 7.16 strikeouts per game while getting 8.84 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 23rd in baseball in team earned run average at 4.16.
Toronto ranks 6th in the league in team batting average at .263 while hitting .247 on the road. Ranked at 3rd in the league in on-base percentage, the Blue Jays sit at .330 and they hold a .440 team slugging percentage. Josh Donaldson leads the team in hits with 104 while the team ranks 6th in baseball with 8.89 hits per game.
With a 51-33 overall record, Kansas City will come into this game 29-15 at home. Edinson Volquez is starting this game 8-4 for the season with an earned run average of 3.40 and a WHIP of 1.22. The Royals have a record of 12-5 over the 100.2 innings he's pitched during which he's given up 87 hits. The Royals are also 8-6 against the over/under in his starts. His teammates score an average of 5.1 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen's earned run average is currently at 2.11 and they have given up 201 hits on the season. Opposing teams are hitting .196 against the Royals bullpen while walking 96 times and striking out 255 times. Kansas City is averaging 6.85 strikeouts per game while getting 8.07 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.48.
They rank 2nd in the league in team batting average with a .273 average while hitting .281 at home. Ranked at 6th in the league in on-base percentage, the Royals sit at .324 and they hold a .407 team slugging percentage. Alcides Escobar leads the team in hits with 88 while the team ranks 2nd in baseball with 9.32 hits a game.
The Blue Jays have committed 51 errors and have combined for 883 assists and 2,358 put outs leading to a .985 team fielding percentage. The Royals have committed 45 errors on the season with 817 assists and 2,232 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .985 on the year.
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 42-40 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-45 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 37-38 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 49-35 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
07/11/15 CF Lorenzo Cain Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday vs. Toronto Blue Jays
07/11/15 C Salvador Perez Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday 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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