Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Dillon Gee vs. Ervin Santana
The Kansas City Royals head to Target Field on Tuesday to take on the Minnesota Twins. The probable pitchers are Dillon Gee for the Royals and Ervin Santana for the Twins. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at -105 and Minnesota at -105. The over/under is 9. The Royals have a 58-70-8 over/under mark and a 74-62-0 run line record, meaning they cover 54% of the time. The Twins are 70-67-0 against the run line and have a 85-45-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Royals head into this game with a 70-66 record, and they are 28-41 on the road. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee has a 6-7 record with an ERA of 4.33 and a WHIP of 1.44. He has 84 strikeouts during his 106 innings pitched and he has given up 122 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.88. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.12 and they have allowed 402 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .237 against the pen while they've been struck out 425 times and walked 149 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.69 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.08 hitters per nine. They are 10th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.02. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 1,168 base hits and 540 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 416 batters and struck out 1,086. They walk 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.37.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .261, good for 9th in the league while putting together a .247 average on the road. The Royals have a .398 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .312 which is good for 25th in the league. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.94 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .271 and his on-base percentage is at .335. He has 140 hits this season along with 68 runs scored and 83 runs batted in. He's struck out 112 times and has walked 50 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .268 and he has an on-base percentage of .298. He has totaled 147 hits so far while scoring 50 runs and he's driven in 46. He has walked 24 times and has struck out 77 times. The Royals have 1,215 hits, including 225 doubles and 121 home runs. They've stolen 93 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 30 times. Kansas City has walked 324 times this season and they've struck out 1,014 times as a unit. They've left 895 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 4.06 runs per contest and have scored a total of 552 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this game with a 27-42 home mark and a 51-86 overall record. With an ERA of 3.54, Ervin Santana has a 7-10 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 119 strikeouts over the 152.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 149 hits. He has allowed 8.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.78. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.53 and they have given up 519 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 444 times and walking 160 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 10.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.35 batters per nine. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.16. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,392 base knocks and 697 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 193 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 389 hitters and struck out 993. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.61.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .259 average at home. The Twins hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.96 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this matchup batting .275 and he has an OBP of .374. He has 127 hits this year along with 67 runs scored and 47 RBI. He's struck out 87 times and has walked on 73 occasions. Brian Dozier is hitting .276 and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 143 hits so far while he's scored 89 runs and drove in 87. He has earned a walk 53 times and has punched out 104 times. The Twins as a unit have 1,227 base hits, including 257 doubles and 166 homers. They have 82 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 431 times this year and they have struck out 1,174 times. They've had 956 men left on base and have an OPS of .749. They score 4.65 runs per game and have totaled 637 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 58-70-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 74-62-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 85-45-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 70-67-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
09/04/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Wrist "?" Monday vs. Minnesota Twins
08/31/16 P Chien-Ming Wang Bicep 15-day DL (8/31)
08/31/16 P Edinson Volquez Finger "?" for next scheduled start
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 60-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); out for season
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)
08/29/16 CF Danny Santana Shoulder 15-day DL (8/29); out for season
08/24/16 DH Byung Ho Park Wrist out for season
08/13/16 P Tommy Milone Bicep 15-day DL (8/11)
08/11/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (8/7)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins
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