Friday, April 22, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Yovani Gallardo vs. Chris Young
The Baltimore Orioles visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Yovani Gallardo for the Orioles and Chris Young for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +119 and Kansas City at -129. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Orioles have a 5-7-1 over/under record and a 8-5-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 62% of the time. The Royals are 8-6-0 against the run line and have a 3-10-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
The Orioles head into this matchup with a 9-4 record, including 3-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 5.63 and a WHIP of 1.50. He has 9 strikeouts over his 16 innings pitched and he has given up 18 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.04. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.06 and they have given up 38 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen while being struck out 48 times and walking 19 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 8.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.37 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Orioles pitchers have collectively given up 110 base hits and 48 earned runs. They have allowed 8 home runs this season and they allow 0.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Baltimore as a pitching staff has walked 43 batters and struck out 107. They walk 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 3.31.
As a team, Baltimore is batting .283, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .286 average away from home. The Orioles hold a .519 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .346 which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.62 hits per game. Chris Davis comes into this game hitting .213 and his on-base percentage is at .362. He has 10 hits this season along with 13 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 11 times. Manny Machado is hitting .407 and he has an on-base percentage of .467. He has totaled 22 hits so far while scoring 13 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 9 times. The Orioles have 125 hits, including 29 doubles and 25 home runs. They've stolen 2 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Baltimore has walked 42 times this season and they've struck out 103 times as a unit. They've left 81 men on base and have a team OPS of .866. They score 5.15 runs per contest and have scored a total of 67 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 5-2 home record and a 9-5 overall mark. With an earned run average of 7.90, Chris Young has a 0-3 record and a 1.98 WHIP. He has 10 strikeouts over the 13.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 20 hits. He has allowed 13.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.96. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.18 and they have given up 41 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 51 times and walking 21 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 7.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.22 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.12. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 108 base knocks and 43 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 10 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 60 hitters and struck out 127. They give up a walk 4.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 3.61.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Royals hold a .394 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.79 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .304 and he has an OBP of .339. He has 17 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 10 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .216 and he has an OBP of .322. He has collected 11 hits so far while he's scored 8 runs and drove in 6. He has earned a walk 8 times and has punched out 18 times. The Royals as a unit have 123 base hits, including 19 doubles and 13 homers. They have 8 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 2 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 36 times this year and they have struck out 109 times. They've had 100 men left on base and have an OPS of .701. They score 3.79 runs per game and have totaled 53 runs so far this season.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 5-7-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 8-5-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 3-10-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 8-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/01/16 P Brian Matusz Back 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 3B Jimmy Paredes Wrist 15-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Kevin Gausman Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
Kansas City Royals
04/10/16 P Mike Minor Shoulder 60-day DL (3/15)
04/04/16 P Tim Collins Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
03/31/16 P Jason Vargas Elbow 60-day DL (3/15)
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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