Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Matt Boyd
The Kansas City Royals head to Comerica Park on Sunday to take on the Detroit Tigers. The probable pitchers are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Matt Boyd for the Tigers. The Royals have a 71-75-8 over/under mark and a 81-73-0 run line record, meaning they cover 53% of the time. The Tigers are 83-70-0 against the run line and have a 75-71-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 77-77 record, and they are 32-47 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has a 10-11 record with an ERA of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.51. He has 133 strikeouts during his 181.2 innings pitched and he has given up 206 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.46. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have allowed 471 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the pen while they've been struck out 478 times and walked 173 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.9 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.03 hitters per nine. They are 17th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.19. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 1,351 base hits and 636 earned runs. They have allowed 199 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 481 batters and struck out 1,219. They walk 3.2 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 4.42.
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 .399 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .312 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 .268 and his on-base percentage is at .330. He has 157 hits this season along with 78 runs scored and 97 runs batted in. He's struck out 124 times and has walked 55 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .266 and he has an on-base percentage of .299. He has totaled 162 hits so far while scoring 57 runs and he's driven in 52. He has walked 27 times and has struck out 91 times. The Royals have 1,374 hits, including 249 doubles and 139 home runs. They've stolen 112 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 33 times. Kansas City has walked 365 times this season and they've struck out 1,155 times as a unit. They've left 1,005 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 4.12 runs per contest and have scored a total of 634 runs so far this year.
Detroit comes into this game with a 43-32 home mark and a 83-70 overall record. With an ERA of 4.16, Matt Boyd has a 6-4 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 82 strikeouts over the 97.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 92 hits. He has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.6. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.10 and they have given up 474 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the Tigers bullpen while being struck out 423 times and walking 175 times this season. As a team, Detroit has allowed 8.91 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.72 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.20. The Tigers pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,349 base knocks and 636 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 170 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Detroit as a staff has walked 440 hitters and struck out 1,168. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .264, 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 4th in baseball with 9.07 hits per contest. Ian Kinsler comes into this matchup batting .279 and he has an OBP of .339. He has 163 hits this year along with 109 runs scored and 78 RBI. He's struck out 109 times and has walked on 42 occasions. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .307 and he has an OBP of .387. He has collected 173 hits so far while he's scored 85 runs and drove in 94. He has earned a walk 72 times and has punched out 108 times. The Tigers as a unit have 1,388 base hits, including 236 doubles and 198 homers. They have 58 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 27 times. Detroit as a team has walked 468 times this year and they have struck out 1,233 times. They've had 1,044 men left on base and have an OPS of .761. They score 4.61 runs per game and have totaled 706 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 71-75-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 81-73-0 against the run line so far this season
Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 75-71-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Detroit Tigers are 83-70-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/23/16 C Salvador Perez Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Detroit Tigers
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
09/24/16 SS Jose Iglesias Hand injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Kansas City Royals
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers
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