Sunday, June 12, 2016
U.S. Cellular Field
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Mat Latos
The Kansas City Royals visit U.S. Cellular Field on Sunday to play the Chicago White Sox. The probable starters are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Mat Latos for the White Sox. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -1208 and Chicago at +110. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 26-30-4 over/under record and a 31-29-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The White Sox are 28-33-0 against the run line and have a 28-30-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Royals head into this matchup with a 30-30 record, including 11-23 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 5.32 and a WHIP of 1.53. He has 44 strikeouts over his 66 innings pitched and he has given up 66 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.29. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.63 and they have given up 173 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen while being struck out 201 times and walking 71 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.78 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.27 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 509 base hits and 240 earned runs. They have allowed 73 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 200 batters and struck out 480. They walk 3.4 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 4.39.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .268, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .262 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 9.1 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .324 and his on-base percentage is at .382. He has 73 hits this season along with 32 runs scored and 38 runs batted in. He's struck out 45 times and has walked 22 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .247 and he has an on-base percentage of .273. He has totaled 64 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 16. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 40 times. The Royals have 546 hits, including 101 doubles and 50 home runs. They've stolen 43 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 12 times. Kansas City has walked 138 times this season and they've struck out 433 times as a unit. They've left 405 men on base and have a team OPS of .715. They score 3.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 229 runs so far this year.
Chicago comes into this matchup with a 15-14 home record and a 31-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.62, Mat Latos has a 6-2 record and a 1.46 WHIP. He has 32 strikeouts over the 60.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 63 hits. He has allowed 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.51. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.38 and they have given up 158 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the White Sox bullpen while being struck out 155 times and walking 75 times this season. As a team, Chicago has allowed 8.64 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.68 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The White Sox pitchers as a team have surrendered 523 base knocks and 228 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 60 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Chicago as a staff has walked 194 hitters and struck out 465. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.01.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 20th in the league while putting together a .237 average at home. The White Sox hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.25 hits per contest. Adam Eaton comes into this matchup batting .267 and he has an OBP of .356. He has 63 hits this year along with 24 runs scored and 19 RBI. He's struck out 36 times and has walked on 25 occasions. Melky Cabrera is hitting .292 and he has an OBP of .354. He has collected 64 hits so far while he's scored 28 runs and drove in 29. He has earned a walk 21 times and has punched out 23 times. The White Sox as a unit have 502 base hits, including 96 doubles and 56 homers. They have 25 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Chicago as a team has walked 194 times this year and they have struck out 483 times. They've had 425 men left on base and have an OPS of .697. They score 4.07 runs per game and have totaled 248 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 26-30-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Chicago White Sox Betting Trends
The Chicago White Sox are 28-30-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Chicago White Sox are 28-33-0 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
06/11/16 P Carlos Rodon Neck is upgraded to probable for next start Sunday vs. Kansas City Royals
06/10/16 DH Justin Morneau Elbow 15-day DL (6/9)
06/10/16 CF Austin Jackson Knee 15-day DL (6/10)
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 Royals
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