Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Ervin Santana
The Kansas City Royals visit Target Field on Tuesday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Ervin Santana for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -118 and Minnesota at +108. The over/under was set at 8. The Royals have a 14-26-3 over/under record and a 22-21-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Twins are 17-26-0 against the run line and have a 21-19-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 40% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 22-21 record, including 9-14 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has a 4-4 record with an earned run average of 3.79 and a WHIP of 1.39. He has 43 strikeouts over his 54.2 innings pitched and he has given up 57 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.97. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.51 and they have given up 127 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the bullpen while being struck out 152 times and walking 50 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.31 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.24 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 349 base hits and 158 earned runs. They have allowed 43 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 156 batters and struck out 346. They walk 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.08.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .254, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .260 average away from home. The Royals hold a .387 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 13th in baseball with 8.58 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .311 and his on-base percentage is at .367. He has 50 hits this season along with 22 runs scored and 21 runs batted in. He's struck out 31 times and has walked 15 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .261 and he has an on-base percentage of .294. He has totaled 48 hits so far while scoring 16 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 8 times and has struck out 25 times. The Royals have 369 hits, including 66 doubles and 38 home runs. They've stolen 31 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 10 times. Kansas City has walked 95 times this season and they've struck out 301 times as a unit. They've left 281 men on base and have a team OPS of .691. They score 3.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 152 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 7-13 home record and a 11-32 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.13, Ervin Santana has a 1-2 record and a 1.34 WHIP. He has 32 strikeouts over the 37.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 36 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.53. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.75 and they have given up 171 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .283 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 148 times and walking 55 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.94 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.88 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 4.91. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 419 base knocks and 207 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year and they give up 1.5 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 129 hitters and struck out 332. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 4.54.
As a team, they are batting .231, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .234 average at home. The Twins hold a .370 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .296 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 25th in baseball with 7.86 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .260 and he has an OBP of .374. He has 39 hits this year along with 11 runs scored and 11 RBI. He's struck out 27 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .320 and he has an OBP of .356. He has collected 39 hits so far while he's scored 16 runs and drove in 17. He has earned a walk 5 times and has punched out 24 times. The Twins as a unit have 338 base hits, including 71 doubles and 40 homers. They have 30 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 126 times this year and they have struck out 381 times. They've had 294 men left on base and have an OPS of .666. They score 3.53 runs per game and have totaled 152 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 14-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 22-21-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 21-19-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 17-26-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/12/16 P Chris Young Forearm 15-day DL (5/9)
05/12/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/10)
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)
05/07/16 SS Eduardo Escobar Groin 15-day DL (5/7)
04/27/16 P Kyle Gibson Shoulder 15-day DL (4/23)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
Guy's Pick: Take the Twins
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