Sunday, April 24, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Wright vs. Yordano Ventura
The Baltimore Orioles visit Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Mike Wright for the Orioles and Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Baltimore at +142 and Kansas City at -152. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Orioles have a 5-9-1 over/under record and a 9-6-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 60% of the time. The Royals are 10-6-0 against the run line and have a 3-12-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 63% of the time.
The Orioles head into this matchup with a 10-5 record, including 3-4 on the road. Starting pitcher Mike Wright has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 5.73 and a WHIP of 1.36. He has 8 strikeouts over his 11 innings pitched and he has given up 11 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.39. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 1.74 and they have given up 41 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .202 against the bullpen while being struck out 55 times and walking 20 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 8.32 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.05 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.68. The Orioles pitchers have collectively given up 122 base hits and 54 earned runs. They have allowed 9 home runs this season and they allow 0.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Baltimore as a pitching staff has walked 48 batters and struck out 118. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.33.
As a team, Baltimore is batting .277, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .269 average away from home. The Orioles hold a .495 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .342 which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.33 hits per game. Chris Davis comes into this game hitting .192 and his on-base percentage is at .373. He has 10 hits this season along with 14 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. He's struck out 21 times and has walked 15 times. Manny Machado is hitting .397 and he has an on-base percentage of .449. He has totaled 25 hits so far while scoring 14 runs and he's driven in 10. He has walked 5 times and has struck out 11 times. The Orioles have 140 hits, including 32 doubles and 26 home runs. They've stolen 4 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Baltimore has walked 49 times this season and they've struck out 127 times as a unit. They've left 98 men on base and have a team OPS of .837. They score 5.14 runs per contest and have scored a total of 72 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 7-2 home record and a 11-5 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.81, Yordano Ventura has a 1-0 record and a 1.50 WHIP. He has 17 strikeouts over the 16 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 12 hits. He has allowed 6.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.97. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.86 and they have given up 42 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .220 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 55 times and walking 21 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 7.48 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.25 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 2.85. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 118 base knocks and 45 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 11 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 62 hitters and struck out 146. They give up a walk 3.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 3.40.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .259 average at home. The Royals hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.81 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .302 and he has an OBP of .343. He has 19 hits this year along with 7 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 10 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .224 and he has an OBP of .328. He has collected 13 hits so far while he's scored 10 runs and drove in 7. He has earned a walk 9 times and has punched out 18 times. The Royals as a unit have 141 base hits, including 24 doubles and 15 homers. They have 12 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 3 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 42 times this year and they have struck out 114 times. They've had 112 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They score 4.07 runs per game and have totaled 61 runs so far this season.
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 5-9-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 9-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 3-12-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 10-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/23/16 P Yovani Gallardo Shoulder 15-day DL
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
04/23/16 LF Alex Gordon Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday vs. Baltimore Orioles
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Orioles
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