Sunday, October 2, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Josh Tomlin
The Kansas City Royals head to Progressive Field on Sunday to take on the Cleveland Indians. The probable pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Josh Tomlin for the Indians. The Royals have a 75-77-8 over/under mark and a 84-76-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Indians are 74-85-0 against the run line and have a 80-69-10 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 81-79 record, and they are 34-47 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 11-10 record with an ERA of 3.69 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 181 strikeouts during his 188 innings pitched and he has given up 169 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.63. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.49 and they have allowed 502 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the pen while they've been struck out 503 times and walked 184 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.99 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.06 hitters per nine. They are 19th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.23. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 1,421 base hits and 668 earned runs. They have allowed 205 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 507 batters and struck out 1,273. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.42.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .262, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .252 average on the road. The Royals have a .401 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .313 which is good for 26th in the league. They rank 6th in baseball with 8.98 hits per contest. Alcides Escobar comes into this game hitting .262 and his on-base percentage is at .293. He has 165 hits this season along with 57 runs scored and 54 runs batted in. He's struck out 94 times and has walked 27 times. Eric Hosmer is hitting .266 and he has an on-base percentage of .328. He has totaled 161 hits so far while scoring 80 runs and he's driven in 104. He has walked 57 times and has struck out 132 times. The Royals have 1,436 hits, including 259 doubles and 146 home runs. They've stolen 120 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 34 times. Kansas City has walked 378 times this season and they've struck out 1,204 times as a unit. They've left 1,038 men on base and have a team OPS of .714. They score 4.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 670 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this game with a 53-28 home mark and a 92-67 overall record. With an ERA of 4.48, Josh Tomlin has a 12-9 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 115 strikeouts over the 166.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 181 hits. He has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.91. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 441 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 506 times and walking 188 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.69 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.86. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,316 base knocks and 612 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 185 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 457 hitters and struck out 1,378. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 3.93.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .288 average at home. The Indians hold a .430 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.95 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .274 and he has an OBP of .341. He has 165 hits this year along with 91 runs scored and 82 RBI. He's struck out 145 times and has walked on 60 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .303 and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 181 hits so far while he's scored 98 runs and drove in 75. He has earned a walk 55 times and has punched out 88 times. The Indians as a unit have 1,423 base hits, including 304 doubles and 184 homers. They have 132 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 30 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 521 times this year and they have struck out 1,232 times. They've had 1,069 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.83 runs per game and have totaled 768 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 75-77-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 84-76-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 80-69-10 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 74-85-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/27/16 P Dillon Gee Blood Clot out for season
09/27/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Wrist out for season
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 60-day DL (7/25)
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
04/10/16 P Mike Minor Shoulder 60-day DL (3/15); out for season
04/04/16 P Tim Collins Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
10/01/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hand 60-day DL (9/17)
09/27/16 P Corey Kluber Quad expected to miss 7-10 days
09/13/16 P Danny Salazar Forearm out indefinitely
07/18/16 P Tommy Hunter Back 15-day DL (7/10)
07/07/16 P Zach McAllister Hip 15-day DL (7/6)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/10); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Indians
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