Monday, April 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Garrett Richards
The Kansas City Royals visit Angel Stadium on Monday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Garrett Richards for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +113 and Los Angeles at -123. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 4-12-1 over/under record and a 10-7-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 59% of the time. The Angels are 10-8-0 against the run line and have a 6-10-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 11-6 record, including 4-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 2-1 record with an earned run average of 1.35 and a WHIP of 0.90. He has 21 strikeouts over his 20 innings pitched and he has given up 13 hits so far this season. He has allowed 5.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.52. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.75 and they have given up 47 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the bullpen while being struck out 61 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 7.87 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.18 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.16. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 132 base hits and 53 earned runs. They have allowed 12 home runs this season and they allow 0.7 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 66 batters and struck out 154. They walk 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 3.47.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .258, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .264 average away from home. The Royals hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.71 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .299 and his on-base percentage is at .338. He has 20 hits this season along with 7 runs scored and 5 runs batted in. He's struck out 10 times and has walked 4 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .210 and he has an on-base percentage of .310. He has totaled 13 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 7. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 19 times. The Royals have 148 hits, including 26 doubles and 16 home runs. They've stolen 12 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Kansas City has walked 43 times this season and they've struck out 120 times as a unit. They've left 117 men on base and have a team OPS of .709. They score 3.76 runs per contest and have scored a total of 64 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 3-5 home record and a 8-10 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.00, Garrett Richards has a 0-3 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 24 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 22 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.32. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.99 and they have given up 48 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .231 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 38 times and walking 16 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.55 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.07. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 140 base knocks and 62 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 53 hitters and struck out 129. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 4.29.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .234 average at home. The Angels hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .302 and he has an OBP of .408. He has 19 hits this year along with 8 runs scored and 8 RBI. He's struck out 17 times and has walked on 12 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .308 and he has an OBP of .366. He has collected 20 hits so far while he's scored 9 runs and drove in 8. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 13 times. The Angels as a unit have 128 base hits, including 23 doubles and 11 homers. They have 4 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 55 times this year and they have struck out 96 times. They've had 108 men left on base and have an OPS of .606. They score 2.94 runs per game and have totaled 53 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 4-12-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 10-7-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 6-10-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 10-8-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
04/24/16 C Salvador Perez Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Baltimore Orioles
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)
Los Angeles Angels
04/17/16 LF Daniel Nava Knee 15-day DL (4/16)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 15-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Angels
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