Sunday, September 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Daniel Norris vs. Edinson Volquez
The Detroit Tigers head to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Daniel Norris for the Tigers and Edinson Volquez for the Royals. The opening line for this game has Detroit at +113 and Kansas City at -123. The over/under is 8.5. The Tigers have a 66-62-6 over/under mark and a 73-61-0 run line record, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Royals are 73-61-0 against the run line and have a 57-69-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Tigers head into this game with a 73-61 record, and they are 34-33 on the road. Starting pitcher Daniel Norris has a 2-2 record with an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.61. He has 33 strikeouts during his 39.2 innings pitched and he has given up 50 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.18. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have allowed 421 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .261 against the pen while they've been struck out 355 times and walked 135 times this year. As a unit, Detroit has given up 9.01 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.46 hitters per nine. They are 16th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.18. The Tigers pitchers have collectively given up 1,194 base hits and 554 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 372 batters and struck out 989. 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 4.14.
As a team, Detroit is hitting .267, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .264 average on the road. The Tigers have a .437 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .328 which is good for 6th in the league. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.17 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .336. He has 146 hits this season along with 99 runs scored and 70 runs batted in. He's struck out 103 times and has walked 38 times. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .312 and he has an on-base percentage of .385. He has totaled 154 hits so far while scoring 74 runs and he's driven in 85. He has walked 59 times and has struck out 95 times. The Tigers have 1,229 hits, including 206 doubles and 176 home runs. They've stolen 52 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Detroit has walked 399 times this season and they've struck out 1,073 times as a unit. They've left 910 men on base and have a team OPS of .765. They score 4.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 624 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 41-24 home mark and a 69-65 overall record. With an ERA of 5.01, Edinson Volquez has a 10-10 record and a 1.48 WHIP. He has 119 strikeouts over the 160 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 179 hits. He has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.41. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.10 and they have given up 393 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 418 times and walking 148 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.66 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.1 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.02. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,146 base knocks and 532 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 170 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 408 hitters and struck out 1,072. 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 4.36.
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 .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.96 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .273 and he has an OBP of .336. He has 139 hits this year along with 66 runs scored and 81 RBI. He's struck out 107 times and has walked on 49 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .266 and he has an OBP of .296. He has collected 144 hits so far while he's scored 49 runs and drove in 43. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 75 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,199 base hits, including 222 doubles and 119 homers. They have 91 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 29 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 316 times this year and they have struck out 999 times. They've had 882 men left on base and have an OPS of .710. They score 4.04 runs per game and have totaled 542 runs so far this season.
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 66-62-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 73-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 57-69-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 73-61-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/02/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb "?" Saturday 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
09/03/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Wrist "?" Saturday 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 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
03/31/16 P Jason Vargas Elbow 60-day DL (3/15)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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