Friday, June 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Fulmer vs. Yordano Ventura
The Detroit Tigers visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Michael Fulmer for the Tigers and Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at -108 and Kansas City at -102. The over/under was set at 8. The Tigers have a 37-24-4 over/under record and a 37-28-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Royals are 36-29-0 against the run line and have a 27-34-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 33-32 record, including 16-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer has a 7-1 record with an earned run average of 2.52 and a WHIP of 1.14. He has 52 strikeouts over his 53.2 innings pitched and he has given up 42 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.59. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.34 and they have given up 197 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the bullpen while being struck out 163 times and walking 68 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.04 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.32 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.37. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 575 base hits and 278 earned runs. They have allowed 69 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 203 batters and struck out 466. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team, Detroit is batting .271, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .261 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.35 hits per game. Nick Castellanos comes into this game hitting .297 and his on-base percentage is at .328. He has 70 hits this season along with 30 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. He's struck out 64 times and has walked 13 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .314 and he has an on-base percentage of .369. He has totaled 82 hits so far while scoring 57 runs and he's driven in 44. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 48 times. The Tigers have 608 hits, including 113 doubles and 78 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Detroit has walked 195 times this season and they've struck out 557 times as a unit. They've left 450 men on base and have a team OPS of .769. They score 4.74 runs per contest and have scored a total of 308 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 22-7 home record and a 35-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.93, Yordano Ventura has a 5-4 record and a 1.47 WHIP. He has 54 strikeouts over the 73 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 71 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.04. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.55 and they have given up 181 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 211 times and walking 74 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.51 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.29 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 537 base knocks and 249 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 78 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 217 hitters and struck out 523. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.37.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .278 average at home. The Royals hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.18 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .318 and he has an OBP of .374. He has 78 hits this year along with 35 runs scored and 40 RBI. He's struck out 49 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .284 and he has an OBP of .337. He has collected 69 hits so far while he's scored 31 runs and drove in 35. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 61 times. The Royals as a unit have 597 base hits, including 106 doubles and 58 homers. They have 43 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 146 times this year and they have struck out 478 times. They've had 439 men left on base and have an OPS of .723. They score 3.85 runs per game and have totaled 250 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 37-24-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 37-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 27-34-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 36-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/15/16 DH Victor Martinez Knee "?" Thursday vs. Kansas City Royals
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
06/02/16 CF Brett Eibner Ankle 15-day DL (6/1)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
05/23/16 LF Alex Gordon Wrist 15-day DL (5/22)
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 Tigers
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