Monday, July 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Corey Kluber vs. Edinson Volquez
The Cleveland Indians head to Kauffman Stadium on Monday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Corey Kluber for the Indians and Edinson Volquez for the Royals. The opening line for this game has Cleveland at -122 and Kansas City at +112. The over/under is 8. The Indians have a 46-36-8 over/under mark and a 48-42-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Royals are 48-42-0 against the run line and have a 39-46-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Indians head into this game with a 53-37 record, and they are 27-21 on the road. Starting pitcher Corey Kluber has a 9-8 record with an ERA of 3.61 and a WHIP of 1.02. He has 122 strikeouts during his 122 innings pitched and he has given up 97 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.95. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.46 and they have allowed 236 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the pen while they've been struck out 265 times and walked 111 times this year. As a unit, Cleveland has given up 8.02 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 hitters per nine. They are 5th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.60. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 731 base hits and 328 earned runs. They have allowed 101 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 263 batters and struck out 775. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 3.91.
As a team, Cleveland is hitting .259, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .234 average on the road. The Indians have a .432 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .321 which is good for 18th in the league. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.98 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .275 and his on-base percentage is at .335. He has 96 hits this season along with 50 runs scored and 50 runs batted in. He's struck out 82 times and has walked 31 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 104 hits so far while scoring 62 runs and he's driven in 45. He has walked 34 times and has struck out 52 times. The Indians have 808 hits, including 161 doubles and 114 home runs. They've stolen 67 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. Cleveland has walked 286 times this season and they've struck out 722 times as a unit. They've left 588 men on base and have a team OPS of .754. They score 4.94 runs per contest and have scored a total of 445 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 29-13 home mark and a 46-44 overall record. With an ERA of 4.85, Edinson Volquez has a 8-8 record and a 1.40 WHIP. He has 85 strikeouts over the 111.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 115 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.14. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.95 and they have given up 270 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 294 times and walking 101 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.63 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.37 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 759 base knocks and 368 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 119 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 284 hitters and struck out 736. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.47.
As a team, they are batting .272, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .292 average at home. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.33 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .299 and he has an OBP of .357. He has 102 hits this year along with 47 runs scored and 50 RBI. He's struck out 73 times and has walked on 31 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .336. He has collected 83 hits so far while he's scored 39 runs and drove in 39. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 64 times. The Royals as a unit have 839 base hits, including 159 doubles and 81 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 206 times this year and they have struck out 656 times. They've had 607 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.02 runs per game and have totaled 362 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 46-36-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 48-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 39-46-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 48-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
Kansas City Royals
06/29/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Hamstring 15-day DL (6/29)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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