Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Miguel Gonzalez vs. Danny Duffy
The Chicago White Sox head to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Miguel Gonzalez for the White Sox and Danny Duffy for the Royals. The opening line for this game has Chicago at +160 and Kansas City at -170. The over/under is 8. The White Sox have a 50-55-7 over/under mark and a 52-60-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Royals are 59-53-0 against the run line and have a 48-59-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The White Sox head into this game with a 54-58 record, and they are 25-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has a 2-6 record with an ERA of 4.09 and a WHIP of 1.33. He has 76 strikeouts during his 101.1 innings pitched and he has given up 102 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.98. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.84 and they have allowed 315 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the pen while they've been struck out 297 times and walked 166 times this year. As a unit, Chicago has given up 8.86 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.71 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.08. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 985 base hits and 454 earned runs. They have allowed 130 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a pitching staff has walked 385 batters and struck out 857. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team, Chicago is hitting .250, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .247 average on the road. The White Sox have a .399 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .314 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.51 hits per contest. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .301 and his on-base percentage is at .347. He has 121 hits this season along with 47 runs scored and 53 runs batted in. He's struck out 49 times and has walked 30 times. Adam Eaton is hitting .270 and he has an on-base percentage of .354. He has totaled 117 hits so far while scoring 54 runs and he's driven in 39. He has walked 45 times and has struck out 85 times. The White Sox have 952 hits, including 185 doubles and 113 home runs. They've stolen 52 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 27 times. Chicago has walked 320 times this season and they've struck out 896 times as a unit. They've left 767 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 4.01 runs per contest and have scored a total of 449 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 34-21 home mark and a 53-59 overall record. With an ERA of 2.97, Danny Duffy has a 8-1 record and a 1.02 WHIP. He has 132 strikeouts over the 115.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 93 hits. He has allowed 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.25. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.46 and they have given up 342 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 356 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.77 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.27 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.32. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 959 base knocks and 472 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 150 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 360 hitters and struck out 905. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.51.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Royals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.97 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .281 and he has an OBP of .338. He has 119 hits this year along with 54 runs scored and 63 RBI. He's struck out 93 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .253 and he has an OBP of .279. He has collected 116 hits so far while he's scored 39 runs and drove in 30. He has earned a walk 17 times and has punched out 66 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,004 base hits, including 184 doubles and 95 homers. They have 70 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 253 times this year and they have struck out 828 times. They've had 733 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They score 3.85 runs per game and have totaled 431 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 50-55-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 52-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 48-59-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 59-53-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
08/10/16 RF Avisail Garcia Knee 15-day DL (8/7)
08/03/16 CF Charlie Tilson Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
07/27/16 2B Brett Lawrie Hamstring 15-day DL (7/22)
07/05/16 C Alex Avila Hamstring 15-day DL (7/6)
07/01/16 3B Matt Davidson Foot 60-day DL (6/30)
06/21/16 P Zach Putnam Elbow 15-day DL (6/21)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 60-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Kansas City Royals
07/31/16 P Wade Davis Hip 15-day DL (7/30)
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 15-day DL (7/25)
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
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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