Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Andrew Cashner
The Kansas City Royals visit Marlins Park on Tuesday to play the Miami Marlins. The probable starters are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Andrew Cashner for the Marlins. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -107 and Miami at -103. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 51-66-7 over/under record and a 67-57-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Marlins are 64-60-0 against the run line and have a 65-57-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 64-60 record, including 24-39 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has a 8-9 record with an earned run average of 4.46 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 108 strikeouts over his 139.1 innings pitched and he has given up 129 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.82. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 355 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 387 times and walking 136 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.53 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.05. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 1,041 base hits and 494 earned runs. They have allowed 162 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 382 batters and struck out 1,001. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.42.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .264, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The Royals hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9.02 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .277 and his on-base percentage is at .334. He has 131 hits this season along with 61 runs scored and 73 runs batted in. He's struck out 100 times and has walked 41 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .259 and he has an on-base percentage of .289. He has totaled 130 hits so far while scoring 44 runs and he's driven in 35. He has walked 22 times and has struck out 69 times. The Royals have 1,118 hits, including 210 doubles and 108 home runs. They've stolen 75 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Kansas City has walked 286 times this season and they've struck out 922 times as a unit. They've left 815 men on base and have a team OPS of .713. They score 3.99 runs per contest and have scored a total of 495 runs so far this year.
Miami comes into this matchup with a 31-28 home record and a 65-59 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.92, Andrew Cashner has a 4-9 record and a 1.46 WHIP. He has 80 strikeouts over the 100.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 107 hits. He has allowed 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.9. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.64 and they have given up 360 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Marlins bullpen while being struck out 432 times and walking 196 times this season. As a team, Miami has allowed 8.42 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.69 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95. The Marlins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,035 base knocks and 486 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 112 home runs this year and they give up 0.9 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Miami as a staff has walked 450 hitters and struck out 1,068. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 3.89.
As a team, they are batting .270, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .257 average at home. The Marlins hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.37 hits per contest. Martin Prado comes into this matchup batting .320 and he has an OBP of .372. He has 150 hits this year along with 58 runs scored and 59 RBI. He's struck out 53 times and has walked on 39 occasions. Christian Yelich is hitting .314 and he has an OBP of .384. He has collected 140 hits so far while he's scored 65 runs and drove in 72. He has earned a walk 49 times and has punched out 106 times. The Marlins as a unit have 1,162 base hits, including 210 doubles and 106 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 17 times. Miami as a team has walked 352 times this year and they have struck out 938 times. They've had 916 men left on base and have an OPS of .736. They score 4.26 runs per game and have totaled 528 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 51-66-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 67-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
The Miami Marlins are 65-57-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Miami Marlins are 64-60-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/31/16 P Wade Davis Hip 15-day DL (7/30)
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 15-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)
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)
08/14/16 P Adam Conley Finger 15-day DL (8/14)
08/14/16 RF Giancarlo Stanton Groin 15-day DL (8/14)
07/25/16 P Wei-Yin Chen Elbow 15-day DL (7/21)
07/06/16 1B Justin Bour Ankle 15-day DL (7/3)
07/01/16 P Bryan Morris Back 60-day DL (5/25)
05/15/16 P Kendry Flores Shoulder 15-day DL (5/15)
04/04/16 P Raudel Lazo Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals
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