Wednesday, April 27, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Young vs. Nick Tropeano
The Kansas City Royals visit Angel Stadium on Wednesday to play the Los Angeles Angels. The probable starters are Chris Young for the Royals and Nick Tropeano for the Angels. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +105 and Los Angeles at -115. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 4-13-2 over/under record and a 11-8-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 58% of the time. The Angels are 11-9-0 against the run line and have a 7-11-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 12-7 record, including 4-4 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Young has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 6.41 and a WHIP of 1.63. He has 20 strikeouts over his 19.2 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.91. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.72 and they have given up 49 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the bullpen while being struck out 64 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 7.71 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.73 batters per nine. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.21. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 144 base hits and 60 earned runs. They have allowed 15 home runs this season and they allow 0.8 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 73 batters and struck out 163. They walk 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.73.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .255, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .249 average away from home. The Royals hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .309 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 14th in baseball with 8.58 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .315 and his on-base percentage is at .367. He has 23 hits this season along with 9 runs scored and 6 runs batted in. He's struck out 12 times and has walked 6 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .200 and he has an on-base percentage of .291. 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 21 times. The Royals have 163 hits, including 30 doubles and 18 home runs. They've stolen 12 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 3 times. Kansas City has walked 50 times this season and they've struck out 131 times as a unit. They've left 132 men on base and have a team OPS of .709. They score 3.74 runs per contest and have scored a total of 71 runs so far this year.
Los Angeles comes into this matchup with a 4-6 home record and a 9-11 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.69, Nick Tropeano has a 1-0 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 16 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 15 hits. He has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.83. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 51 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the Angels bullpen while being struck out 42 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.39 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.54 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.42. The Angels pitchers as a team have surrendered 152 base knocks and 70 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 24 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 63 hitters and struck out 142. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.20 while their FIP as a staff is 4.42.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .231 average at home. The Angels hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Mike Trout comes into this matchup batting .300 and he has an OBP of .405. He has 21 hits this year along with 11 runs scored and 9 RBI. He's struck out 19 times and has walked on 13 occasions. Kole Calhoun is hitting .282 and he has an OBP of .354. He has collected 20 hits so far while he's scored 10 runs and drove in 9. He has earned a walk 6 times and has punched out 15 times. The Angels as a unit have 142 base hits, including 24 doubles and 16 homers. They have 4 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Los Angeles as a team has walked 62 times this year and they have struck out 104 times. They've had 115 men left on base and have an OPS of .628. They score 3.15 runs per game and have totaled 63 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 4-13-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 11-8-0 against the run line so far this season
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 7-11-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 11-9-0 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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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