Saturday, May 7, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Cody Anderson
The Kansas City Royals visit Progressive Field on Saturday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Cody Anderson for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -110 and Cleveland at +100. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 7-18-2 over/under record and a 13-14-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Indians are 11-14-0 against the run line and have a 12-11-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Royals head into this matchup with a 14-13 record, including 5-8 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 3-2 record with an earned run average of 2.61 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 29 strikeouts over his 31 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.92. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.84 and they have given up 80 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the bullpen while being struck out 90 times and walking 33 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.39 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.70. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 215 base hits and 97 earned runs. They have allowed 27 home runs this season and they allow 1 homer per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 103 batters and struck out 220. They walk 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.14.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .249, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The Royals hold a .374 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.33 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .333 and his on-base percentage is at .382. He has 34 hits this season along with 11 runs scored and 12 runs batted in. He's struck out 17 times and has walked 8 times. Mike Moustakas is hitting .258 and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 25 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 13. He has walked 8 times and has struck out 10 times. The Royals have 225 hits, including 41 doubles and 21 home runs. They've stolen 22 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 6 times. Kansas City has walked 66 times this season and they've struck out 189 times as a unit. They've left 184 men on base and have a team OPS of .677. They score 3.33 runs per contest and have scored a total of 90 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 6-5 home record and a 13-12 overall mark. With an earned run average of 7.65, Cody Anderson has a 0-1 record and a 1.90 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 20 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 34 hits. He has allowed 15.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.33. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.79 and they have given up 58 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 68 times and walking 31 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.21 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 188 base knocks and 92 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 28 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 68 hitters and struck out 202. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.16 while their FIP as a staff is 3.92.
As a team, they are batting .253, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .264 average at home. The Indians hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.52 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .270 and he has an OBP of .315. He has 27 hits this year along with 16 runs scored and 13 RBI. He's struck out 32 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .299 and he has an OBP of .367. He has collected 29 hits so far while he's scored 17 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 20 times. The Indians as a unit have 213 base hits, including 46 doubles and 24 homers. They have 19 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 6 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 76 times this year and they have struck out 223 times. They've had 156 men left on base and have an OPS of .716. They score 4.48 runs per game and have totaled 112 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 7-18-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 13-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 12-11-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 11-14-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
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)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 15-day DL (5/2)
04/25/16 P Carlos Carrasco Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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