Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Ian Kennedy
The Houston Astros head to Kauffman Stadium on Sunday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Doug Fister for the Astros and Ian Kennedy for the Royals. The opening line for this game has Houston at -120 and Kansas City at +110. The over/under is 8.5. The Astros have a 34-35-5 over/under mark and a 33-41-0 run line record, meaning they cover 45% of the time. The Royals are 40-32-0 against the run line and have a 32-36-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Astros head into this game with a 38-36 record, and they are 16-21 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 8-3 record with an ERA of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 55 strikeouts during his 87 innings pitched and he has given up 76 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.58. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have allowed 206 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the pen while they've been struck out 263 times and walked 55 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 8.9 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.29 hitters per nine. They are 11th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.98. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 671 base hits and 298 earned runs. They have allowed 79 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 196 batters and struck out 625. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.74.
As a team, Houston is hitting .242, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .244 average on the road. The Astros have a .412 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .325 which is good for 12th in the league. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.28 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .340 and his on-base percentage is at .421. He has 98 hits this season along with 51 runs scored and 41 runs batted in. He's struck out 29 times and has walked 38 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .359. He has totaled 70 hits so far while scoring 35 runs and he's driven in 40. He has walked 38 times and has struck out 74 times. The Astros have 613 hits, including 127 doubles and 93 home runs. They've stolen 59 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 22 times. Houston has walked 293 times this season and they've struck out 699 times as a unit. They've left 515 men on base and have a team OPS of .737. They score 4.36 runs per contest and have scored a total of 323 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 25-9 home mark and a 38-34 overall record. With an ERA of 4.19, Ian Kennedy has a 5-6 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 74 strikeouts over the 81.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 73 hits. He has allowed 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.47. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.66 and they have given up 208 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 237 times and walking 82 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.55 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.27 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.07. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 601 base knocks and 286 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 94 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 236 hitters and struck out 581. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.48.
As a team, they are batting .274, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .287 average at home. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.38 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .304 and he has an OBP of .362. He has 83 hits this year along with 39 runs scored and 44 RBI. He's struck out 59 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .279 and he has an OBP of .328. He has collected 75 hits so far while he's scored 35 runs and drove in 37. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 63 times. The Royals as a unit have 675 base hits, including 123 doubles and 64 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 163 times this year and they have struck out 524 times. They've had 486 men left on base and have an OPS of .732. They score 4.03 runs per game and have totaled 290 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 34-35-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 33-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 32-36-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 40-32-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/25/16 3B Luis Valbuena Back left last game, "?" Saturday vs. Kansas City Royals
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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