Sunday, July 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Michael Fulmer
The Kansas City Royals head to Comerica Park on Sunday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable pitchers are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Michael Fulmer for the Tigers. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +138 and Detroit at -148. The over/under is 8.5. The Royals have a 38-46-5 over/under mark and a 47-42-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Tigers are 51-39-0 against the run line and have a 49-37-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 57% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 45-44 record, and they are 16-31 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has a 6-7 record with an ERA of 5.15 and a WHIP of 1.42. He has 69 strikeouts during his 94.1 innings pitched and he has given up 94 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.91. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.98 and they have allowed 269 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the pen while they've been struck out 293 times and walked 101 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.65 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.37 hitters per nine. They are 13th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.19. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 752 base hits and 364 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 283 batters and struck out 728. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.49.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .271, good for 5th in the league while putting together a .253 average on the road. The Royals have a .410 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .319 which is good for 19th in the league. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.31 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .297 and his on-base percentage is at .354. He has 100 hits this season along with 46 runs scored and 49 runs batted in. He's struck out 73 times and has walked 30 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .290 and he has an on-base percentage of .336. He has totaled 83 hits so far while scoring 39 runs and he's driven in 39. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 64 times. The Royals have 828 hits, including 157 doubles and 81 home runs. They've stolen 50 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Kansas City has walked 199 times this season and they've struck out 652 times as a unit. They've left 598 men on base and have a team OPS of .728. They score 3.98 runs per contest and have scored a total of 354 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this game with a 24-16 home mark and a 47-43 overall record. With an ERA of 2.11, Michael Fulmer has a 9-2 record and a 1.10 WHIP. He has 72 strikeouts over the 76.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 57 hits. He has allowed 6.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.53. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.49 and they have given up 300 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .271 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 240 times and walking 94 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.42 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.45 batters per nine. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.53. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 835 base knocks and 402 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 95 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 270 hitters and struck out 661. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.18.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .280 average at home. The Tigers hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.26 hits per contest. Nick Castellanos comes into this matchup batting .299 and he has an OBP of .341. He has 99 hits this year along with 45 runs scored and 51 RBI. He's struck out 86 times and has walked on 21 occasions. Ian Kinsler is hitting .292 and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 105 hits so far while he's scored 73 runs and drove in 53. He has earned a walk 26 times and has punched out 71 times. The Tigers as a unit have 833 base hits, including 142 doubles and 117 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 16 times. Detroit as a team has walked 271 times this year and they have struck out 761 times. They've had 613 men left on base and have an OPS of .766. They score 4.78 runs per game and have totaled 430 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 38-46-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 47-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 49-37-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 51-39-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/05/16 P Wade Davis Forearm 15-day DL (7/1)
06/29/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Hamstring 15-day DL (6/29)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
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)
07/15/16 LF Justin Upton Personal out indefinitely
07/06/16 P Daniel Norris Oblique 15-day DL (7/5)
07/04/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (6/01)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23)
06/17/16 RF J.D. Martinez Elbow 15-day DL (6/17)
04/04/16 P Jeff Ferrell Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Angel Nesbitt Ankle 15-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Tigers
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