Friday, September 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Plutko vs. Yordano Ventura
The Cleveland Indians head to Kauffman Stadium on Friday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Adam Plutko for the Indians and Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The opening line for this game has Cleveland at +120 and Kansas City at -130. The over/under is 8.5. The Indians have a 79-69-10 over/under mark and a 73-85-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Royals are 84-74-0 against the run line and have a 73-77-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Indians head into this game with a 91-67 record, and they are 38-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Adam Plutko has a 0-0 record with an ERA of 7.36 and a WHIP of 1.91. He has 3 strikeouts during his 3.2 innings pitched and he has given up 5 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 12.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.69. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.49 and they have allowed 439 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the pen while they've been struck out 501 times and walked 188 times this year. As a unit, Cleveland has given up 8.32 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.69 hitters per nine. They are 7th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.87. The Indians pitchers have collectively given up 1,311 base hits and 610 earned runs. They have allowed 185 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 457 batters and struck out 1,369. They walk 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 3.95.
As a team, Cleveland is hitting .262, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .237 average on the road. The Indians have a .430 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .329 which is good for 7th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.94 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this game hitting .275 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 165 hits this season along with 91 runs scored and 81 runs batted in. He's struck out 142 times and has walked 60 times. Francisco Lindor is hitting .300 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 179 hits so far while scoring 96 runs and he's driven in 72. He has walked 54 times and has struck out 88 times. The Indians have 1,413 hits, including 301 doubles and 183 home runs. They've stolen 132 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Cleveland has walked 517 times this season and they've struck out 1,221 times as a unit. They've left 1,063 men on base and have a team OPS of .759. They score 4.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 761 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 47-30 home mark and a 81-77 overall record. With an ERA of 4.40, Yordano Ventura has a 11-11 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 136 strikeouts over the 180 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 184 hits. He has allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.66. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 493 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 496 times and walking 182 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.96 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.04 batters per nine. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,398 base knocks and 654 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 203 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 500 hitters and struck out 1,255. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.42.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .272 average at home. The Royals hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 8.98 hits per contest. Alcides Escobar comes into this matchup batting .263 and he has an OBP of .294. He has 164 hits this year along with 57 runs scored and 53 RBI. He's struck out 94 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Eric Hosmer is hitting .268 and he has an OBP of .329. He has collected 160 hits so far while he's scored 80 runs and drove in 103. He has earned a walk 56 times and has punched out 128 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,418 base hits, including 257 doubles and 146 homers. They have 120 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 33 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 376 times this year and they have struck out 1,184 times. They've had 1,029 men left on base and have an OPS of .714. They score 4.19 runs per game and have totaled 662 runs so far this season.
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 79-69-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 73-85-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 73-77-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 84-74-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/27/16 P Corey Kluber Quad expected to miss 7-10 days
09/17/16 C Yan Gomes Wrist 60-day DL (7/18)
09/17/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hand out indefinitely
09/13/16 P Danny Salazar Forearm out indefinitely
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); out for season
Kansas City Royals
09/27/16 P Dillon Gee Blood Clot out for season
09/27/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Wrist out for season
09/24/16 P Yordano Ventura Back left last game, "?" next start
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 60-day DL (7/25)
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
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); out for season
04/04/16 P Tim Collins Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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