Saturday, June 11, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Young vs. Jose Quintana
The Kansas City Royals head to U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday to take on the Chicago White Sox. The probable pitchers are Chris Young for the Royals and Jose Quintana for the White Sox. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +152 and Chicago at -162. The over/under is 8.5. The Royals have a 25-30-4 over/under mark and a 31-28-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The White Sox are 27-33-0 against the run line and have a 27-30-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 30-29 record, and they are 11-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Young has a 2-6 record with an ERA of 6.37 and a WHIP of 1.46. He has 42 strikeouts during his 41 innings pitched and he has given up 46 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.49. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.71 and they have allowed 171 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the pen while they've been struck out 199 times and walked 71 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.71 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.34 hitters per nine. They are 14th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.09. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 498 base hits and 234 earned runs. They have allowed 69 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 199 batters and struck out 477. They walk 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.31.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .266, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .260 average on the road. The Royals have a .395 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .316 which is good for 18th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.05 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .321 and his on-base percentage is at .381. He has 71 hits this season along with 30 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. He's struck out 44 times and has walked 22 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .248 and he has an on-base percentage of .274. He has totaled 63 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 15. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 40 times. The Royals have 534 hits, including 100 doubles and 47 home runs. They've stolen 42 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 12 times. Kansas City has walked 137 times this season and they've struck out 422 times as a unit. They've left 398 men on base and have a team OPS of .711. They score 3.8 runs per contest and have scored a total of 224 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this game with a 14-14 home mark and a 30-30 overall record. With an ERA of 2.58, Jose Quintana has a 5-6 record and a 1.12 WHIP. He has 71 strikeouts over the 76.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 69 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.36. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have given up 157 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 152 times and walking 75 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.63 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.75. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 511 base knocks and 223 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 57 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 193 hitters and struck out 454. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 3.99.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .232 average at home. The White Sox hold a .378 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.18 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .357. He has 63 hits this year along with 24 runs scored and 19 RBI. He's struck out 35 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Melky Cabrera is hitting .292 and he has an OBP of .352. He has collected 63 hits so far while he's scored 27 runs and drove in 27. He has earned a walk 20 times and has punched out 22 times. The White Sox as a unit have 490 base hits, including 94 doubles and 52 homers. They have 25 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 13 times. Chicago as a team has walked 193 times this year and they have struck out 480 times. They've had 421 men left on base and have an OPS of .689. They score 4.02 runs per game and have totaled 241 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 25-30-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-28-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 27-30-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 27-33-0 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)
Chicago White Sox
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 P Carlos Rodon Neck "?" for next scheduled start Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
05/06/16 P Jacob Petricka Hip 15-day DL (5/2)
04/27/16 C Kevan Smith Pelvis 15-day DL (4/24)
Tony's Pick: Take the White Sox
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