Sunday, June 5, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Young vs. Corey Kluber
The Kansas City Royals visit Progressive Field on Sunday to play the Cleveland Indians. The probable starters are Chris Young for the Royals and Corey Kluber for the Indians. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +175 and Cleveland at -185. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 24-27-3 over/under record and a 31-23-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 57% of the time. The Indians are 24-29-0 against the run line and have a 30-19-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
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The Royals head into this matchup with a 30-24 record, including 11-17 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Young has a 2-5 record with an earned run average of 5.94 and a WHIP of 1.46. He has 37 strikeouts over his 36.1 innings pitched and he has given up 40 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.81. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.48 and they have given up 157 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen while being struck out 188 times and walking 63 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 454 base hits and 203 earned runs. They have allowed 55 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 187 batters and struck out 438. 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 4.10.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .272, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .269 average away from home. The Royals hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.26 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .327 and his on-base percentage is at .382. 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 19 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .289. He has totaled 61 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 15. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 36 times. The Royals have 500 hits, including 93 doubles and 47 home runs. They've stolen 39 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Kansas City has walked 127 times this season and they've struck out 378 times as a unit. They've left 360 men on base and have a team OPS of .730. They score 4.09 runs per contest and have scored a total of 221 runs so far this year.
Cleveland comes into this matchup with a 15-12 home record and a 29-24 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.15, Corey Kluber has a 4-6 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 73 strikeouts over the 73.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 66 hits. He has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.11. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 141 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .228 against the Indians bullpen while being struck out 155 times and walking 66 times this season. As a team, Cleveland has allowed 8.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.26 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Indians pitchers as a team have surrendered 436 base knocks and 208 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 63 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Cleveland as a staff has walked 157 hitters and struck out 441. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.03.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .282 average at home. The Indians hold a .414 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.83 hits per contest. Jason Kipnis comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .325. He has 57 hits this year along with 29 runs scored and 29 RBI. He's struck out 50 times and has walked on 18 occasions. Francisco Lindor is hitting .300 and he has an OBP of .358. He has collected 63 hits so far while he's scored 36 runs and drove in 24. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 31 times. The Indians as a unit have 468 base hits, including 95 doubles and 58 homers. They have 39 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. Cleveland as a team has walked 182 times this year and they have struck out 427 times. They've had 357 men left on base and have an OPS of .738. They score 4.79 runs per game and have totaled 254 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 24-27-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 31-23-0 against the run line so far this season
Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 30-19-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Cleveland Indians are 24-29-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
06/03/16 C Salvador Perez Quad "?" Saturday vs. Cleveland Indians
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)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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