Thursday, May 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Danny Duffy
The Chicago White Sox visit Kauffman Stadium on Thursday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Miguel Gonzalez for the White Sox and Danny Duffy for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +152 and Kansas City at -162. The over/under was set at 8.5. The White Sox have a 19-25-3 over/under record and a 24-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Royals are 24-21-0 against the run line and have a 16-26-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 27-20 record, including 14-9 on the road. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has a 0-1 record with an earned run average of 4.57 and a WHIP of 1.62. He has 19 strikeouts over his 21.2 innings pitched and he has given up 25 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.77. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.60 and they have given up 99 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .208 against the bullpen while being struck out 113 times and walking 49 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7.97 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.63 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.31. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 373 base hits and 155 earned runs. They have allowed 44 home runs this season and they allow 0.9 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 138 batters and struck out 357. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.81.
As a team, Chicago is batting .248, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .263 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .390 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.38 hits per game. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .295 and his on-base percentage is at .378. He has 54 hits this season along with 20 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 25 times and has walked 19 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .295 and he has an on-base percentage of .364. He has totaled 52 hits so far while scoring 22 runs and he's driven in 18. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 17 times. The White Sox have 394 hits, including 78 doubles and 41 home runs. They've stolen 18 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 10 times. Chicago has walked 159 times this season and they've struck out 363 times as a unit. They've left 342 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 4.11 runs per contest and have scored a total of 193 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 13-7 home record and a 24-21 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.13, Danny Duffy has a 0-0 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 25.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 22 hits. He has allowed 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.24. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.50 and they have given up 135 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 158 times and walking 54 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.36 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 368 base knocks and 164 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 44 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 164 hitters and struck out 361. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.07.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Royals hold a .395 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.87 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .298 and he has an OBP of .353. He has 51 hits this year along with 23 runs scored and 21 RBI. He's struck out 36 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .258 and he has an OBP of .289. He has collected 50 hits so far while he's scored 17 runs and drove in 13. He has earned a walk 8 times and has punched out 28 times. The Royals as a unit have 399 base hits, including 75 doubles and 39 homers. They have 34 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 99 times this year and they have struck out 320 times. They've had 296 men left on base and have an OPS of .705. They score 3.76 runs per game and have totaled 169 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 19-25-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 24-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 16-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 24-21-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Kansas City Royals
05/24/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee "?" Wednesday vs. Minnesota Twins
05/23/16 LF Alex Gordon Wrist 15-day DL (5/22)
05/12/16 P Chris Young Forearm 15-day DL (5/9)
05/12/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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