Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Josh Tomlin
The Kansas City Royals head to Progressive Field on Saturday to take on the Cleveland Indians. The probable pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Josh Tomlin for the Indians. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +111 and Cleveland at -121. The over/under is 8. The Royals have a 24-26-3 over/under mark and a 31-22-0 run line record, meaning they cover 59% of the time. The Indians are 23-29-0 against the run line and have a 30-18-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 30-23 record, and they are 11-16 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 4-3 record with an ERA of 3.03 and a WHIP of 1.18. He has 59 strikeouts during his 59.1 innings pitched and he has given up 47 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.31. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.50 and they have allowed 156 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the pen while they've been struck out 188 times and walked 63 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.6 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.35 hitters per nine. They are 9th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.82. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 446 base hits and 198 earned runs. They have allowed 53 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 183 batters and struck out 433. They walk 3.5 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 4.06.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .274, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .274 average on the road. The Royals have a .411 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .323 which is good for 12th in the league. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.38 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .330 and his on-base percentage is at .380. He has 67 hits this season along with 30 runs scored and 35 runs batted in. He's struck out 42 times and has walked 17 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .289. He has totaled 60 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 15. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 34 times. The Royals have 497 hits, including 93 doubles and 46 home runs. They've stolen 39 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Kansas City has walked 122 times this season and they've struck out 369 times as a unit. They've left 355 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.15 runs per contest and have scored a total of 220 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this game with a 14-12 home mark and a 28-24 overall record. With an ERA of 3.79, Josh Tomlin has a 7-1 record and a 1.08 WHIP. He has 37 strikeouts over the 54.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 53 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.54. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.57 and they have given up 141 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 155 times and walking 66 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.24 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 433 base knocks and 207 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 152 hitters and struck out 432. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.04.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .283 average at home. The Indians hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 8.85 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .266 and he has an OBP of .317. He has 55 hits this year along with 28 runs scored and 29 RBI. He's struck out 50 times and has walked on 17 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .301 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 62 hits so far while he's scored 35 runs and drove in 23. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 30 times. The Indians as a unit have 460 base hits, including 92 doubles and 56 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 178 times this year and they have struck out 422 times. They've had 353 men left on base and have an OPS of .734. They score 4.77 runs per game and have totaled 248 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 24-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-22-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 30-18-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 23-29-0 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)
06/02/16 C Salvador Perez Quad "?" Friday vs. Cleveland Indians
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)
06/01/16 LF Marlon Byrd Suspension out for season
05/24/16 P Joba Chamberlain Side 15-day DL (5/22)
05/14/16 LF Michael Brantley Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
05/02/16 C Roberto Perez Thumb 60-day DL (5/2)
Tony's Pick: Take the Indians
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