Monday, August 15, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Daniel Norris
The Kansas City Royals head to Comerica Park on Monday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Daniel Norris for the Tigers. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +123 and Detroit at -133. The over/under is 9. The Royals have a 49-62-5 over/under mark and a 61-55-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Tigers are 64-52-0 against the run line and have a 59-52-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Royals head into this game with a 56-60 record, and they are 20-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 6-9 record with an ERA of 3.91 and a WHIP of 1.20. He has 134 strikeouts during his 133.2 innings pitched and he has given up 115 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.99. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.37 and they have allowed 351 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the pen while they've been struck out 366 times and walked 131 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.75 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.24 hitters per nine. They are 17th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.24. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 996 base hits and 483 earned runs. They have allowed 156 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 367 batters and struck out 938. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.33 and their FIP as a unit is 4.49.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .263, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .247 average on the road. The Royals have a .394 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .311 which is good for 23rd in the league. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.97 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .274 and his on-base percentage is at .332. He has 121 hits this season along with 55 runs scored and 65 runs batted in. He's struck out 97 times and has walked 38 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .254 and he has an on-base percentage of .282. He has totaled 120 hits so far while scoring 40 runs and he's driven in 31. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 67 times. The Royals have 1,039 hits, including 192 doubles and 97 home runs. They've stolen 74 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 23 times. Kansas City has walked 261 times this season and they've struck out 869 times as a unit. They've left 762 men on base and have a team OPS of .705. They score 3.84 runs per contest and have scored a total of 446 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this game with a 33-21 home mark and a 62-54 overall record. With an ERA of 4.00, Daniel Norris has a 1-0 record and a 1.61 WHIP. He has 19 strikeouts over the 18 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 24 hits. He has allowed 12 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.03. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.16 and they have given up 372 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .263 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 307 times and walking 118 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.47 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,049 base knocks and 489 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 126 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 333 hitters and struck out 855. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.15.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. The Tigers hold a .435 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.23 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup batting .291 and he has an OBP of .347. He has 136 hits this year along with 91 runs scored and 62 RBI. He's struck out 91 times and has walked on 32 occasions. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .312 and he has an OBP of .386. He has collected 136 hits so far while he's scored 65 runs and drove in 76. He has earned a walk 53 times and has punched out 85 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,071 base hits, including 174 doubles and 150 homers. They have 49 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 19 times. Detroit as a team has walked 345 times this year and they have struck out 945 times. They've had 792 men left on base and have an OPS of .764. They score 4.68 runs per game and have totaled 543 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 49-62-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 61-55-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 59-52-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 64-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/31/16 P Wade Davis Hip 15-day DL (7/30)
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 15-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)
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)
08/13/16 SS Jose Iglesias Hamstring 15-day DL (8/11)
08/09/16 CF Cameron Maybin Thumb 15-day DL (8/9)
08/07/16 P Jordan Zimmerman Neck 15-day DL (8/5)
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
08/02/16 P Mike Pelfrey Back 15-day DL (8/2)
06/21/16 P Drew VerHagen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/23), out for season
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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