Friday, September 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Danny Duffy vs. Michael Fulmer
The Kansas City Royals head to Comerica Park on Friday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable pitchers are Danny Duffy for the Royals and Michael Fulmer for the Tigers. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +110 and Detroit at -120. The over/under is 8. The Royals have a 70-74-8 over/under mark and a 81-71-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Tigers are 80-70-0 against the run line and have a 73-70-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 53% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 77-75 record, and they are 32-45 on the road. Starting pitcher Danny Duffy has a 12-2 record with an ERA of 3.18 and a WHIP of 1.08. He has 181 strikeouts during his 169.2 innings pitched and he has given up 148 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.52. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.43 and they have allowed 466 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the pen while they've been struck out 472 times and walked 167 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.91 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.03 hitters per nine. They are 16th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.17. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 1,337 base hits and 625 earned runs. They have allowed 194 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 470 batters and struck out 1,205. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.38.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .261, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .249 average on the road. The Royals have a .400 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .313 which is good for 25th in the league. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.94 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .270 and his on-base percentage is at .333. He has 156 hits this season along with 78 runs scored and 97 runs batted in. He's struck out 122 times and has walked 55 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .266 and he has an on-base percentage of .299. He has totaled 160 hits so far while scoring 56 runs and he's driven in 50. He has walked 27 times and has struck out 88 times. The Royals have 1,358 hits, including 248 doubles and 138 home runs. They've stolen 111 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 33 times. Kansas City has walked 362 times this season and they've struck out 1,135 times as a unit. They've left 992 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 4.14 runs per contest and have scored a total of 629 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this game with a 42-32 home mark and a 80-70 overall record. With an ERA of 3.03, Michael Fulmer has a 10-7 record and a 1.08 WHIP. He has 120 strikeouts over the 148.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 122 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.89. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.12 and they have given up 468 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 410 times and walking 170 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 8.96 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.62 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,329 base knocks and 629 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 167 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 432 hitters and struck out 1,131. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.15.
As a team, they are batting .265, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .268 average at home. The Tigers hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.09 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup batting .277 and he has an OBP of .335. He has 161 hits this year along with 106 runs scored and 78 RBI. He's struck out 108 times and has walked on 40 occasions. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .310 and he has an OBP of .387. He has collected 171 hits so far while he's scored 84 runs and drove in 93. He has earned a walk 69 times and has punched out 105 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,364 base hits, including 230 doubles and 193 homers. They have 57 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Detroit as a team has walked 450 times this year and they have struck out 1,204 times. They've had 1,025 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.57 runs per game and have totaled 685 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 70-74-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 81-71-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 73-70-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 80-70-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/11/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Wrist out indefinitely
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 60-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); out for season
04/04/16 P Tim Collins Elbow 60-day DL; out for season
09/22/16 2B Ian Kinsler Concussion is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs. Minnesota Twins
09/21/16 DH Victor Martinez Knee "?" Thursday vs. Minnesota Twins
08/07/16 3B Nick Castellanos Hand 15-day DL (8/7)
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers
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