Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Ian Kennedy
The Cleveland Indians visit Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Ian Kennedy for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -135 and Kansas City at +125. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Indians have a 32-25-6 over/under record and a 31-32-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Royals are 34-29-0 against the run line and have a 26-33-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 35-28 record, including 18-16 on the road. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 6-6 record with an earned run average of 3.65 and a WHIP of 1.02. He has 87 strikeouts over his 88.2 innings pitched and he has given up 71 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.89. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.39 and they have given up 159 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen while being struck out 176 times and walking 74 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.32 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.71. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 514 base hits and 234 earned runs. They have allowed 72 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 178 batters and struck out 524. 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 .252, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .224 average away from home. The Indians hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 15th in baseball with 8.6 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .272 and his on-base percentage is at .328. He has 66 hits this season along with 33 runs scored and 32 runs batted in. He's struck out 55 times and has walked 22 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .300 and he has an on-base percentage of .358. He has totaled 73 hits so far while scoring 40 runs and he's driven in 33. He has walked 22 times and has struck out 37 times. The Indians have 542 hits, including 109 doubles and 72 home runs. They've stolen 44 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Cleveland has walked 207 times this season and they've struck out 509 times as a unit. They've left 413 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 295 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 20-7 home record and a 33-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.06, Ian Kennedy has a 4-5 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 66 strikeouts over the 71 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 64 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.13. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.63 and they have given up 177 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 207 times and walking 72 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.56 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.33 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.98. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 523 base knocks and 243 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 75 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 209 hitters and struck out 509. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.32.
As a team, they are batting .269, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .277 average at home. The Royals hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.16 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .318 and he has an OBP of .375. He has 75 hits this year along with 32 runs scored and 38 RBI. He's struck out 48 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .285 and he has an OBP of .337. He has collected 67 hits so far while he's scored 30 runs and drove in 34. He has earned a walk 18 times and has punched out 57 times. The Royals as a unit have 577 base hits, including 102 doubles and 55 homers. They have 43 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 143 times this year and they have struck out 462 times. They've had 426 men left on base and have an OPS of .720. They score 3.78 runs per game and have totaled 238 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 32-25-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 31-32-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 26-33-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 34-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/14/16 3B Juan Uribe Groin "?" Tuesday vs. Kansas City Royals
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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