Sunday, June 19, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Chris Young
The Detroit Tigers visit Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Jordan Zimmermann for the Tigers and Chris Young for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at -123 and Kansas City at +113. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Tigers have a 39-24-4 over/under record and a 38-29-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Royals are 37-30-0 against the run line and have a 29-34-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Tigers head into this matchup with a 34-33 record, including 17-20 on the road. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has a 9-3 record with an earned run average of 3.46 and a WHIP of 1.22. He has 49 strikeouts over his 78 innings pitched and he has given up 79 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.82. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.66 and they have given up 208 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the bullpen while being struck out 167 times and walking 70 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.14 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.36 batters per nine. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.46. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 599 base hits and 292 earned runs. They have allowed 72 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 210 batters and struck out 482. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.24.
As a team, Detroit is batting .272, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .264 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .444 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.42 hits per game. Nick Castellanos comes into this game hitting .299 and his on-base percentage is at .332. He has 73 hits this season along with 33 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He's struck out 67 times and has walked 14 times. Ian Kinsler is hitting .307 and he has an on-base percentage of .361. He has totaled 83 hits so far while scoring 57 runs and he's driven in 45. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 49 times. The Tigers have 631 hits, including 113 doubles and 86 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Detroit has walked 198 times this season and they've struck out 570 times as a unit. They've left 462 men on base and have a team OPS of .775. They score 4.79 runs per contest and have scored a total of 321 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 23-8 home record and a 36-31 overall mark. With an earned run average of 6.15, Chris Young has a 2-6 record and a 1.52 WHIP. He has 46 strikeouts over the 45.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 51 hits. He has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 7.45. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.87 and they have given up 194 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .233 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 215 times and walking 75 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.24 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 560 base knocks and 262 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 86 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 220 hitters and struck out 536. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.47.
As a team, they are batting .272, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .283 average at home. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.27 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .317 and he has an OBP of .376. He has 80 hits this year along with 37 runs scored and 44 RBI. He's struck out 51 times and has walked on 24 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .286 and he has an OBP of .337. He has collected 72 hits so far while he's scored 32 runs and drove in 36. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 61 times. The Royals as a unit have 621 base hits, including 110 doubles and 61 homers. They have 44 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 153 times this year and they have struck out 494 times. They've had 455 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They score 3.94 runs per game and have totaled 264 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 39-24-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 38-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 29-34-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 37-30-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/17/16 CF Cameron Maybin Quad "?" Saturday vs. Kansas City Royals
06/17/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/23)
06/17/16 RF J.D. Martinez Elbow 15-day DL (6/17)
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
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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