Monday, June 13, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco vs. Edinson Volquez
The Cleveland Indians visit Kauffman Stadium on Monday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Carlos Carrasco for the Indians and Edinson Volquez for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -125 and Kansas City at +115. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Indians have a 31-24-6 over/under record and a 30-31-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Royals are 32-29-0 against the run line and have a 26-31-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 34-27 record, including 17-15 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 3.48 and a WHIP of 1.10. He has 28 strikeouts over his 33.2 innings pitched and he has given up 30 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.87. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have given up 154 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen while being struck out 173 times and walking 73 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.12 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.26 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 496 base hits and 230 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 172 batters and struck out 505. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.93.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .253, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .224 average away from home. The Indians hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.64 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .267 and his on-base percentage is at .322. He has 64 hits this season along with 32 runs scored and 31 runs batted in. He's struck out 55 times and has walked 21 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .298 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 70 hits so far while scoring 38 runs and he's driven in 30. He has walked 21 times and has struck out 36 times. The Indians have 527 hits, including 107 doubles and 68 home runs. They've stolen 44 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Cleveland has walked 200 times this season and they've struck out 498 times as a unit. They've left 399 men on base and have a team OPS of .729. They score 4.69 runs per contest and have scored a total of 286 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 19-7 home record and a 31-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.25, Edinson Volquez has a 5-6 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 64 strikeouts over the 78.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 81 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.96. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.64 and they have given up 175 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 204 times and walking 71 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.35 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 514 base knocks and 241 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 73 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 203 hitters and struck out 493. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.32.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .275 average at home. The Royals hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.1 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .319 and he has an OBP of .375. He has 73 hits this year along with 32 runs scored and 38 RBI. He's struck out 47 times and has walked on 22 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .247 and he has an OBP of .273. He has collected 65 hits so far while he's scored 21 runs and drove in 16. He has earned a walk 9 times and has punched out 41 times. The Royals as a unit have 555 base hits, including 101 doubles and 53 homers. They have 43 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 139 times this year and they have struck out 443 times. They've had 410 men left on base and have an OPS of .716. They score 3.82 runs per game and have totaled 233 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 31-24-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 30-31-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 26-31-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 32-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/07/16 P Danny Salazar Shoulder probable next scheduled start Sunday vs. Los Angeles Angels
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
Kansas City Royals
06/02/16 CF Brett Eibner Ankle 15-day DL (6/1)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 15-day DL (5/23); 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 (5/11)
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 Indians
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