Tuesday, July 19, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Salazar vs. Chris Young
The Cleveland Indians visit Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Danny Salazar for the Indians and Chris Young for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at +150 and Kansas City at -160. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 46-37-8 over/under record and a 49-42-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Royals are 48-43-0 against the run line and have a 39-47-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 54-37 record, including 28-21 on the road. Starting pitcher Danny Salazar has a 10-3 record with an earned run average of 2.75 and a WHIP of 1.18. He has 118 strikeouts over his 104.2 innings pitched and he has given up 77 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.37. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have given up 236 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the bullpen while being struck out 266 times and walking 111 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.46 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.57. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 737 base hits and 329 earned runs. They have allowed 102 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 264 batters and struck out 780. 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 3.90.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .260, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .236 average away from home. The Indians hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9.02 hits per game. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .341. He has 99 hits this season along with 51 runs scored and 51 runs batted in. He's struck out 82 times and has walked 32 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .301 and he has an on-base percentage of .360. He has totaled 105 hits so far while scoring 62 runs and he's driven in 46. He has walked 35 times and has struck out 52 times. The Indians have 821 hits, including 164 doubles and 117 home runs. They've stolen 69 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Cleveland has walked 289 times this season and they've struck out 726 times as a unit. They've left 595 men on base and have a team OPS of .758. They score 4.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 451 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 29-13 home record and a 46-45 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.79, Chris Young has a 2-8 record and a 1.61 WHIP. He has 66 strikeouts over the 61 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 69 hits. He has allowed 10.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 7.96. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.00 and they have given up 273 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 295 times and walking 101 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.67 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.36 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 770 base knocks and 372 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 120 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 285 hitters and struck out 743. 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 4.45.
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .292 average at home. The Royals hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.3 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .299 and he has an OBP of .356. He has 103 hits this year along with 47 runs scored and 51 RBI. He's struck out 74 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 845 base hits, including 160 doubles and 81 homers. They have 51 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 207 times this year and they have struck out 662 times. They've had 612 men left on base and have an OPS of .726. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 364 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 46-37-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 49-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 39-47-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 48-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Indians
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