Tuesday, June 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Ubaldo Jimenez
The Kansas City Royals head to Oriole Park on Tuesday to take on the Baltimore Orioles. The probable pitchers are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Ubaldo Jimenez for the Orioles. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +113 and Baltimore at -123. The over/under is 9. The Royals have a 24-28-4 over/under mark and a 31-25-0 run line record, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Orioles are 29-26-0 against the run line and have a 27-25-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
The Royals head into this game with a 30-26 record, and they are 11-19 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has a 4-3 record with an ERA of 4.82 and a WHIP of 1.52. He has 41 strikeouts during his 61.2 innings pitched and he has given up 59 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.28. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.60 and they have allowed 164 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the pen while they've been struck out 191 times and walked 65 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.71 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.29 hitters per nine. They are 13th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.98. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 475 base hits and 217 earned runs. They have allowed 62 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 191 batters and struck out 452. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.22.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .268, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .263 average on the road. The Royals have a .401 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .318 which is good for 16th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.11 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .321 and his on-base percentage is at .375. He has 68 hits this season along with 30 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. He's struck out 43 times and has walked 19 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .257 and he has an on-base percentage of .285. He has totaled 62 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 15. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 38 times. The Royals have 510 hits, including 96 doubles and 47 home runs. They've stolen 41 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Kansas City has walked 130 times this season and they've struck out 395 times as a unit. They've left 371 men on base and have a team OPS of .719. They score 3.96 runs per contest and have scored a total of 222 runs so far this year.
Baltimore comes into this game with a 21-11 home mark and a 32-23 overall record. With an ERA of 6.59, Ubaldo Jimenez has a 2-6 record and a 1.85 WHIP. He has 48 strikeouts over the 57.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 74 hits. He has allowed 11.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.59. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.76 and they have given up 178 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the Orioles bullpen while being struck out 167 times and walking 66 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 9.06 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.55 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.10. The Orioles pitchers as a team have surrendered 492 base knocks and 223 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 59 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Baltimore as a staff has walked 176 hitters and struck out 410. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.37 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Orioles hold a .446 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.84 hits per contest. Manny Machado comes into this matchup batting .308 and he has an OBP of .379. He has 68 hits this year along with 39 runs scored and 35 RBI. He's struck out 42 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Mark Trumbo is hitting .292 and he has an OBP of .346. He has collected 63 hits so far while he's scored 35 runs and drove in 43. He has earned a walk 16 times and has punched out 64 times. The Orioles as a unit have 486 base hits, including 102 doubles and 80 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Baltimore as a team has walked 177 times this year and they have struck out 468 times. They've had 369 men left on base and have an OPS of .771. They score 4.69 runs per game and have totaled 258 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 24-28-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-25-0 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 27-25-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 29-26-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/02/16 CF Brett Eibner Ankle 15-day DL (6/1)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 15-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)
06/04/16 P Darren O'Day Hamstring 15-day DL (6/3)
05/31/16 C Caleb Joseph Groin 15-day DL (5/30)
05/03/16 SS J.J. Hardy Foot 15-day DL (5/2)
04/23/16 P Yovani Gallardo Shoulder 15-day DL (4/23)
Guy's Pick: Take the Orioles
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