Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale vs. Edinson Volquez
The Chicago White Sox visit Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Chris Sale for the White Sox and Edinson Volquez for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Chicago at -134 and Kansas City at +124. The over/under was set at 7.5. The White Sox have a 49-55-7 over/under record and a 51-60-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Royals are 59-52-0 against the run line and have a 47-59-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The White Sox head into this matchup with a 53-58 record, including 24-32 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Sale has a 14-5 record with an earned run average of 3.12 and a WHIP of 1.02. He has 143 strikeouts over his 147 innings pitched and he has given up 117 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.64. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.85 and they have given up 312 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen while being struck out 294 times and walking 166 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.85 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.69 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The White Sox pitchers have collectively given up 975 base hits and 450 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 384 batters and struck out 847. 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 4.41.
As a team, Chicago is batting .249, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .245 average away from home. The White Sox hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.46 hits per game. Melky Cabrera comes into this game hitting .302 and his on-base percentage is at .347. He has 120 hits this season along with 46 runs scored and 51 runs batted in. He's struck out 48 times and has walked 29 times. Adam Eaton is hitting .271 and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 116 hits so far while scoring 53 runs and he's driven in 39. He has walked 45 times and has struck out 84 times. The White Sox have 938 hits, including 183 doubles and 112 home runs. They've stolen 52 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 27 times. Chicago has walked 319 times this season and they've struck out 887 times as a unit. They've left 760 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 3.98 runs per contest and have scored a total of 442 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 34-20 home record and a 53-58 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.99, Edinson Volquez has a 8-10 record and a 1.46 WHIP. He has 102 strikeouts over the 135.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 146 hits. He has allowed 9.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.43. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 338 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 349 times and walking 128 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.73 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.28 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.30. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 945 base knocks and 465 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 149 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 359 hitters and struck out 896. 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 4.52.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .283 average at home. The Royals hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.96 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .279 and he has an OBP of .338. He has 117 hits this year along with 54 runs scored and 61 RBI. He's struck out 92 times and has walked on 37 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .253 and he has an OBP of .279. He has collected 115 hits so far while he's scored 39 runs and drove in 29. He has earned a walk 17 times and has punched out 65 times. The Royals as a unit have 994 base hits, including 181 doubles and 95 homers. They have 68 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 252 times this year and they have struck out 818 times. They've had 728 men left on base and have an OPS of .709. They score 3.84 runs per game and have totaled 426 runs so far this season.
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 49-55-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 51-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 47-59-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 59-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Chicago White Sox
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the White Sox
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