Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Ian Kennedy
The Detroit Tigers visit Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Jordan Zimmermann for the Tigers and Ian Kennedy for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +100 and Kansas City at -110. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Tigers have a 8-3-0 over/under record and a 8-3-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 73% of the time. The Royals are 7-5-0 against the run line and have a 2-9-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 7-4 record, including 5-2 on the road. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has a 2-0 record with an earned run average of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00. He has 7 strikeouts over his 13 innings pitched and he has given up 8 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.2. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.82 and they have given up 39 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .269 against the bullpen while being struck out 29 times and walking 11 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.18 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.82. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 99 base hits and 42 earned runs. They have allowed 8 home runs this season and they allow 0.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 40 batters and struck out 79. They walk 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 3.85.
As a team, Detroit is batting .284, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .280 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .462 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 1st in baseball with 10.18 hits per game. Miguel Cabrera comes into this game hitting .262 and his on-base percentage is at .367. He has 11 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 9 times and has walked 7 times. Justin Upton is hitting .240 and he has an on-base percentage of .255. He has totaled 12 hits so far while scoring 6 runs and he's driven in 2. He has walked 1 times and has struck out 20 times. The Tigers have 112 hits, including 19 doubles and 17 home runs. They've stolen 2 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 2 times. Detroit has walked 32 times this season and they've struck out 97 times as a unit. They've left 77 men on base and have a team OPS of .798. They score 5.27 runs per contest and have scored a total of 58 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 4-1 home record and a 8-4 overall mark. With an earned run average of 0.66, Ian Kennedy has a 2-0 record and a 0.73 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 13.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 7 hits. He has allowed 4.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.68. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.56 and they have given up 34 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 44 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 7.56 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.17 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.89. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 89 base knocks and 34 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 9 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 52 hitters and struck out 108. They give up a walk 4.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 3.72.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 11th in the league while putting together a .233 average at home. The Royals hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .298 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.67 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .313 and he has an OBP of .353. He has 15 hits this year along with 6 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 8 times and has walked on 3 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .227 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 10 hits so far while he's scored 8 runs and drove in 6. He has earned a walk 7 times and has punched out 15 times. The Royals as a unit have 104 base hits, including 15 doubles and 10 homers. They have 6 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 1 time. Kansas City as a team has walked 29 times this year and they have struck out 94 times. They've had 86 men left on base and have an OPS of .678. They score 3.58 runs per game and have totaled 43 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 8-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 8-3-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 2-9-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 7-5-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/12/16 C James McCann Ankle 15-day DL (4/12)
04/04/16 CF Cameron Maybin Wrist 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Daniel Norris Back 15-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Kansas City Royals
04/10/16 P Mike Minor Shoulder 60-day DL (3/15)
04/04/16 RF Jarrod Dyson Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
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 Tigers
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