Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Kris Medlen vs. Masahiro Tanaka
The Kansas City Royals visit Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are Kris Medlen for the Royals and Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +145 and New York at -155. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 9-19-2 over/under record and a 15-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Yankees are 12-17-0 against the run line and have a 10-16-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 41% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 15-15 record, including 6-10 on the road. Starting pitcher Kris Medlen has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 6.85 and a WHIP of 1.84. He has 18 strikeouts over his 22.1 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.91. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.75 and they have given up 86 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 97 times and walking 35 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.21 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.28 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.76. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 238 base hits and 109 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season and they allow 1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 116 batters and struck out 240. They walk 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.13.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .252, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .254 average away from home. The Royals hold a .375 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.47 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .336 and his on-base percentage is at .385. He has 38 hits this season along with 15 runs scored and 15 runs batted in. He's struck out 20 times and has walked 9 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .258 and he has an on-base percentage of .289. He has totaled 33 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 8. He has walked 6 times and has struck out 19 times. The Royals have 255 hits, including 47 doubles and 23 home runs. They've stolen 23 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Kansas City has walked 69 times this season and they've struck out 210 times as a unit. They've left 199 men on base and have a team OPS of .680. They score 3.4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 102 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 7-8 home record and a 11-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.29, Masahiro Tanaka has a 1-0 record and a 0.92 WHIP. He has 35 strikeouts over the 39.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 29 hits. He has allowed 6.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.56. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 73 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 105 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 9.09 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.09 batters per nine. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 257 base knocks and 120 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 36 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 65 hitters and struck out 257. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 3.78.
As a team, they are batting .232, good for 27th in the league while putting together a .246 average at home. The Yankees hold a .356 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 7.59 hits per contest. Jacoby Ellsbury comes into this matchup batting .260 and he has an OBP of .321. He has 26 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 9 RBI. He's struck out 17 times and has walked on 8 occasions. Mark Teixeira is hitting .210 and he has an OBP of .336. He has collected 21 hits so far while he's scored 14 runs and drove in 11. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 26 times. The Yankees as a unit have 220 base hits, including 37 doubles and 25 homers. They have 23 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. New York as a team has walked 91 times this year and they have struck out 207 times. They've had 187 men left on base and have an OPS of .658. They score 3.48 runs per game and have totaled 101 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 9-19-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 15-15-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 10-16-3 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 12-17-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/07/16 3B Mike Moustakas Hand 15-day DL (5/5)
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 Yankees
05/08/16 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Hip "?" Monday vs. Kansas City Royals
05/06/16 P CC Sabathia Groin 15-day DL (5/06)
05/04/16 DH Alex Rodriguez Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/13/16 P Aroldis Chapman Suspension 30-game suspension, eligible to return May 9 vs Kansas City Royals
04/03/16 RF Mason Williams Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 15-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25); out for season
Guy's Pick: Take the Yankees
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