Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Noah Syndergaard
The Kansas City Royals visit Citi Field on Tuesday to play the New York Mets. The probable starters are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Noah Syndergaard for the Mets. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +176 and New York at -186. The over/under was set at 7. The Royals have a 30-35-4 over/under record and a 38-31-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Mets are 28-40-0 against the run line and have a 32-35-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 41% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 38-31 record, including 13-23 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 5-5 record with an earned run average of 4.17 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 72 strikeouts over his 77.2 innings pitched and he has given up 69 hits so far this season. He has allowed 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.27. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.75 and they have given up 198 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the bullpen while being struck out 222 times and walking 77 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.52 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.23 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.97. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 575 base hits and 268 earned runs. They have allowed 88 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 223 batters and struck out 556. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.31 and their FIP as a unit is 4.41.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .275, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .264 average away from home. The Royals hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.41 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .314 and his on-base percentage is at .374. He has 82 hits this season along with 39 runs scored and 44 runs batted in. He's struck out 54 times and has walked 25 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .288 and he has an on-base percentage of .338. He has totaled 74 hits so far while scoring 35 runs and he's driven in 37. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 61 times. The Royals have 649 hits, including 119 doubles and 61 home runs. They've stolen 46 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 17 times. Kansas City has walked 159 times this season and they've struck out 505 times as a unit. They've left 467 men on base and have a team OPS of .734. They score 4.09 runs per contest and have scored a total of 282 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 17-16 home record and a 36-32 overall mark. With an earned run average of 1.91, Noah Syndergaard has a 7-2 record and a 0.97 WHIP. He has 106 strikeouts over the 85 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 70 hits. He has allowed 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 1.7. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.20 and they have given up 168 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the Mets bullpen while being struck out 212 times and walking 78 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.37 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.85 batters per nine. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.24. The Mets pitchers as a team have surrendered 563 base knocks and 216 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 55 home runs this year and they give up 0.8 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 168 hitters and struck out 596. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.21 while their FIP as a staff is 3.23.
As a team, they are batting .234, good for 29th in the league while putting together a .221 average at home. The Mets hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 29th in baseball with 7.75 hits per contest. Asdrubal Cabrera comes into this matchup batting .265 and he has an OBP of .325. He has 66 hits this year along with 25 runs scored and 21 RBI. He's struck out 54 times and has walked on 16 occasions. Yoenis Cespedes is hitting .280 and he has an OBP of .352. He has collected 63 hits so far while he's scored 38 runs and drove in 43. He has earned a walk 24 times and has punched out 60 times. The Mets as a unit have 527 base hits, including 105 doubles and 90 homers. They have 13 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 9 times. New York as a team has walked 218 times this year and they have struck out 604 times. They've had 466 men left on base and have an OPS of .715. They score 3.68 runs per game and have totaled 250 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 30-35-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 38-31-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Mets Betting Trends
The New York Mets are 32-35-1 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Mets are 28-40-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
05/23/16 LF Alex Gordon Wrist 15-day DL (5/22)
05/12/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/11)
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)
New York Mets
06/16/16 CF Juan Lagares Thumb 15-day DL (6/15)
06/03/16 3B David Wright Neck 15-day DL (5/30)
05/24/16 1B Lucas Duda Back 15-day DL (5/21)
04/26/16 C Travis d'Arnaud Shoulder 15-day DL (4/25)
04/04/16 P Zack Wheeler Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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