Tuesday, April 26, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Jered Weaver
The Kansas City Royals visit Angel Stadium on Tuesday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Jered Weaver for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -105 and Los Angeles at -105. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 4-13-1 over/under record and a 11-7-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 61% of the time. The Angels are 11-8-0 against the run line and have a 7-10-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 58% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 12-6 record, including 4-3 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has a 3-0 record with an earned run average of 1.46 and a WHIP of 1.10. He has 22 strikeouts over his 24.2 innings pitched and he has given up 19 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.81. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.65 and they have given up 48 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .220 against the bullpen while being struck out 63 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 7.65 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.04. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 136 base hits and 54 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 68 batters and struck out 160. They walk 3.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.44.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .262, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .264 average away from home. The Royals hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.83 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .314 and his on-base percentage is at .360. He has 22 hits this season along with 8 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times and has walked 5 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .212 and he has an on-base percentage of .307. He has totaled 14 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 8. He has walked 9 times and has struck out 19 times. The Royals have 159 hits, including 29 doubles and 18 home runs. They've stolen 12 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Kansas City has walked 45 times this season and they've struck out 124 times as a unit. They've left 124 men on base and have a team OPS of .724. They score 3.89 runs per contest and have scored a total of 70 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 3-6 home record and a 8-11 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.12, Jered Weaver has a 2-0 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 7 strikeouts over the 17.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 17 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.75. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 50 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 40 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.36 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.62 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.44. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 148 base knocks and 70 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a staff has walked 58 hitters and struck out 135. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 4.50.
As a team, they are batting .259, good for 10th in the league while putting together a .234 average at home. The Angels hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .330 which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.11 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .299 and he has an OBP of .400. He has 20 hits this year along with 9 runs scored and 8 RBI. He's struck out 18 times and has walked on 12 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .294 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 20 hits so far while he's scored 10 runs and drove in 8. He has earned a walk 6 times and has punched out 14 times. The Angels as a unit have 134 base hits, including 24 doubles and 13 homers. They have 4 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 57 times this year and they have struck out 101 times. They've had 110 men left on base and have an OPS of .609. They score 3 runs per game and have totaled 57 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 4-13-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 11-7-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 7-10-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 11-8-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
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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