Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Chris Tillman
The Kansas City Royals visit Oriole Park on Wednesday to play the Baltimore Orioles. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Chris Tillman for the Orioles. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +135 and Baltimore at -145. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Royals have a 24-29-4 over/under record and a 31-26-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Orioles are 30-26-0 against the run line and have a 27-26-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 30-27 record, including 11-20 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has a 5-5 record with an earned run average of 4.03 and a WHIP of 1.41. He has 59 strikeouts over his 73.2 innings pitched and he has given up 77 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.08. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.67 and they have given up 167 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen while being struck out 193 times and walking 67 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.36 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 483 base hits and 221 earned runs. They have allowed 65 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 193 batters and struck out 463. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.26.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .267, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .260 average away from home. The Royals hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.04 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .319 and his on-base percentage is at .373. He has 69 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 .253 and he has an on-base percentage of .280. 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 39 times. The Royals have 515 hits, including 97 doubles and 47 home runs. They've stolen 41 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Kansas City has walked 132 times this season and they've struck out 402 times as a unit. They've left 376 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 3.91 runs per contest and have scored a total of 223 runs so far this year.
Baltimore comes into this matchup with a 22-11 home record and a 33-23 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.33, Chris Tillman has a 7-1 record and a 1.18 WHIP. He has 66 strikeouts over the 70.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 54 hits. He has allowed 6.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.24. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.73 and they have given up 178 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Orioles bullpen while being struck out 170 times and walking 66 times this season. As a team, Baltimore has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.54 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.03. The Orioles pitchers as a team have surrendered 497 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 178 hitters and struck out 417. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.36 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Orioles hold a .448 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.82 hits per contest. Manny Machado comes into this matchup batting .307 and he has an OBP of .377. He has 69 hits this year along with 40 runs scored and 36 RBI. He's struck out 45 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Mark Trumbo is hitting .295 and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 65 hits so far while he's scored 36 runs and drove in 44. He has earned a walk 16 times and has punched out 64 times. The Orioles as a unit have 494 base hits, including 103 doubles and 83 homers. They have 9 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Baltimore as a team has walked 179 times this year and they have struck out 479 times. They've had 374 men left on base and have an OPS of .774. They score 4.68 runs per game and have totaled 262 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 24-29-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-26-0 against the run line so far this season
Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends
The Baltimore Orioles are 27-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Baltimore Orioles are 30-26-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/07/16 3B Cheslor Cuthbert Elbow injured last game, "?" Tuesday vs. Baltimore Orioles06/02/16 CF Brett Eibner Ankle 15-day DL (6/1)05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 15-day DL (5/23); out for season05/23/16 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 season03/31/16 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 Royals
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