Saturday, May 28, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Rodon vs. Yordano Ventura
The Chicago White Sox visit Kauffman Stadium on Saturday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Carlos Rodon for the White Sox and Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at +115 and Kansas City at -125. The over/under was set at 8. The White Sox have a 19-26-3 over/under record and a 24-24-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Royals are 24-22-0 against the run line and have a 17-26-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 27-21 record, including 14-9 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Rodon has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 4.47 and a WHIP of 1.47. He has 51 strikeouts over his 52.1 innings pitched and he has given up 58 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.27. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.61 and they have given up 102 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .209 against the bullpen while being struck out 115 times and walking 49 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 7.97 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.68 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.33. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 381 base hits and 159 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 139 batters and struck out 367. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.78.
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 .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.4 hits per game. Adam Eaton comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .369. He has 54 hits this season along with 20 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 27 times and has walked 19 times. Melky Cabrera is hitting .294 and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 53 hits so far while scoring 23 runs and he's driven in 20. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 18 times. The White Sox have 403 hits, including 78 doubles and 42 home runs. They've stolen 20 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 10 times. Chicago has walked 160 times this season and they've struck out 374 times as a unit. They've left 349 men on base and have a team OPS of .709. They score 4.08 runs per contest and have scored a total of 196 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 13-7 home record and a 24-22 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.81, Yordano Ventura has a 4-3 record and a 1.56 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts over the 48.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 43 hits. He has allowed 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.45. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.49 and they have given up 137 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 161 times and walking 55 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.47 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.24 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.79. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 380 base knocks and 170 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 47 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 166 hitters and struck out 370. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Royals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .310 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.91 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .297 and he has an OBP of .351. He has 52 hits this year along with 24 runs scored and 23 RBI. He's struck out 38 times and has walked on 15 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .266 and he has an OBP of .297. He has collected 53 hits so far while he's scored 17 runs and drove in 13. He has earned a walk 8 times and has punched out 29 times. The Royals as a unit have 410 base hits, including 78 doubles and 39 homers. They have 34 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 10 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 101 times this year and they have struck out 328 times. They've had 302 men left on base and have an OPS of .706. They score 3.78 runs per game and have totaled 174 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 19-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 24-24-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 17-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 24-22-0 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
05/27/16 DH Kendrys Morales Finger out indefinitely
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 15-day DL; out for season
05/23/16 LF Alex Gordon Wrist 15-day DL (5/22)
05/12/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/12/16 P Chris Young Forearm 15-day DL (5/9)
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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