Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Dillon Gee vs. Tyler Duffey
The Kansas City Royals visit Target Field on Wednesday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Dillon Gee for the Royals and Tyler Duffey for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -114 and Minnesota at +104. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Royals have a 15-26-3 over/under record and a 23-21-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Twins are 17-27-0 against the run line and have a 22-19-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 39% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 23-21 record, including 10-14 on the road. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 2.90 and a WHIP of 1.29. He has 26 strikeouts over his 31 innings pitched and he has given up 28 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.41. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.54 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen while being struck out 154 times and walking 52 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.16 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 361 base hits and 162 earned runs. They have allowed 44 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 159 batters and struck out 351. 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 4.09.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .259, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .267 average away from home. The Royals hold a .392 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .308 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.77 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .307 and his on-base percentage is at .363. He has 51 hits this season along with 23 runs scored and 21 runs batted in. He's struck out 34 times and has walked 15 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .259 and he has an on-base percentage of .291. He has totaled 49 hits so far while scoring 17 runs and he's driven in 12. He has walked 8 times and has struck out 27 times. The Royals have 386 hits, including 71 doubles and 38 home runs. They've stolen 33 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 10 times. Kansas City has walked 97 times this season and they've struck out 311 times as a unit. They've left 289 men on base and have a team OPS of .700. They score 3.68 runs per contest and have scored a total of 162 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 7-14 home record and a 11-33 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.30, Tyler Duffey has a 1-3 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 25 strikeouts over the 30 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 31 hits. He has allowed 9.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.49. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.79 and they have given up 180 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .285 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 155 times and walking 55 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.93 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 436 base knocks and 217 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 62 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 131 hitters and struck out 342. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.46.
As a team, they are batting .234, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .240 average at home. The Twins hold a .372 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .299 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 7.95 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .380. He has 42 hits this year along with 12 runs scored and 12 RBI. He's struck out 27 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Eduardo Nunez is hitting .307 and he has an OBP of .343. 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 25 times. The Twins as a unit have 349 base hits, including 71 doubles and 41 homers. They have 31 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 8 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 129 times this year and they have struck out 386 times. They've had 303 men left on base and have an OPS of .669. They score 3.55 runs per game and have totaled 156 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 15-26-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 23-21-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 22-19-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 17-27-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/23/16 LF Alex Gordon Wrist 15-day DL (5/22)
05/23/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee "?" Tuesday vs. Minnesota Twins
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)
05/24/16 2B Brian Dozier Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Kansas City Royals
04/27/16 P Kyle Gibson Shoulder 15-day DL (4/23)
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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