Saturday, September 3, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Fulmer vs. Yordano Ventura
The Detroit Tigers visit Kauffman Stadium on Saturday 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 -112 and Kansas City at +102. The over/under was set at 8. The Tigers have a 65-62-6 over/under record and a 72-61-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Royals are 73-60-0 against the run line and have a 56-69-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Tigers head into this matchup with a 72-61 record, including 33-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer has a 10-5 record with an earned run average of 2.69 and a WHIP of 1.06. He has 108 strikeouts over his 130.2 innings pitched and he has given up 105 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.75. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.15 and they have given up 415 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the bullpen while being struck out 351 times and walking 135 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 8.99 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 1,183 base hits and 551 earned runs. They have allowed 147 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 371 batters and struck out 981. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.16.
As a team, Detroit is batting .266, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .263 average away from home. The Tigers hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.14 hits per game. Ian Kinsler comes into this game hitting .275 and his on-base percentage is at .335. He has 145 hits this season along with 97 runs scored and 70 runs batted in. He's struck out 102 times and has walked 38 times. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .309 and he has an on-base percentage of .383. He has totaled 151 hits so far while scoring 72 runs and he's driven in 81. He has walked 59 times and has struck out 95 times. The Tigers have 1,216 hits, including 205 doubles and 174 home runs. They've stolen 52 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Detroit has walked 398 times this season and they've struck out 1,064 times as a unit. They've left 903 men on base and have a team OPS of .764. They score 4.64 runs per contest and have scored a total of 617 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 41-23 home record and a 69-64 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.33, Yordano Ventura has a 9-9 record and a 1.35 WHIP. He has 115 strikeouts over the 149.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 142 hits. He has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.76. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.06 and they have given up 389 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 417 times and walking 148 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.62 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.09 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,133 base knocks and 525 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 168 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 407 hitters and struck out 1,063. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.35.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .277 average at home. The Royals hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.94 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .333. He has 137 hits this year along with 65 runs scored and 80 RBI. He's struck out 106 times and has walked on 48 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .264 and he has an OBP of .295. He has collected 142 hits so far while he's scored 48 runs and drove in 43. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 75 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,188 base hits, including 222 doubles and 119 homers. They have 89 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 28 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 315 times this year and they have struck out 991 times. They've had 874 men left on base and have an OPS of .711. They score 4.03 runs per game and have totaled 536 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 65-62-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 72-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 56-69-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 73-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/01/16 1B Miguel Cabrera Ankle probable Friday vs. Kansas City Royals
08/31/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb "?" Friday vs Kansas City Royals
08/07/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (8/5)
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back 15-day DL (8/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
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
09/02/16 P Wade Davis Hip 15-day DL (7/30); expected to be activated Friday
09/01/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Wrist probable Friday vs. Detroit Tigers
08/31/16 P Chien-Ming Wang Bicep 15-day DL (8/31)
08/31/16 P Edinson Volquez Finger "?" for next scheduled start
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 15-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
03/31/16 P Jason Vargas Elbow 60-day DL (3/15)
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers
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