Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Carlos Carrasco vs. Ian Kennedy
The Cleveland Indians visit Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Carlos Carrasco for the Indians and Ian Kennedy for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Cleveland at -133 and Kansas City at +123. The over/under was set at 8. The Indians have a 47-37-8 over/under record and a 49-43-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Royals are 49-43-0 against the run line and have a 40-47-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Indians head into this matchup with a 54-38 record, including 28-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco has a 6-3 record with an earned run average of 2.49 and a WHIP of 1.07. He has 75 strikeouts over his 79.2 innings pitched and he has given up 64 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.1. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.66 and they have given up 241 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 266 times and walking 114 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.03 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.47 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.61. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 747 base hits and 336 earned runs. They have allowed 103 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 270 batters and struck out 788. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.91.
As a team, Cleveland is batting .259, 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 11th in baseball with 9 hits per game. Francisco Lindor comes into this game hitting .300 and his on-base percentage is at .359. He has 106 hits this season along with 63 runs scored and 47 runs batted in. He's struck out 53 times and has walked 35 times. Jason Kipnis is hitting .280 and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 100 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 51. He has walked 32 times and has struck out 83 times. The Indians have 828 hits, including 166 doubles and 118 home runs. They've stolen 69 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Cleveland has walked 293 times this season and they've struck out 732 times as a unit. They've left 601 men on base and have a team OPS of .757. They score 4.93 runs per contest and have scored a total of 454 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 30-13 home record and a 47-45 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.86, Ian Kennedy has a 6-7 record and a 1.19 WHIP. He has 106 strikeouts over the 105 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 90 hits. He has allowed 7.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.06. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.01 and they have given up 276 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 295 times and walking 102 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.65 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.34 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 777 base knocks and 375 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 121 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 289 hitters and struck out 749. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 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 4th in the league while putting together a .293 average at home. The Royals hold a .409 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.3 hits per contest. Lorenzo Cain comes into this matchup batting .290 and he has an OBP of .336. He has 83 hits this year along with 39 runs scored and 39 RBI. He's struck out 64 times and has walked on 19 occasions. Eric Hosmer is hitting .302 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 105 hits so far while he's scored 48 runs and drove in 51. He has earned a walk 32 times and has punched out 74 times. The Royals as a unit have 855 base hits, including 162 doubles and 82 homers. They have 52 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 213 times this year and they have struck out 670 times. They've had 618 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They score 4.03 runs per game and have totaled 371 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 47-37-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 49-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 40-47-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 49-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/19/16 C Yan Gomes Shoulder 15-day DL (7/18)
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)
Kansas City Royals
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
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
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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