Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Michael Pineda
The Kansas City Royals visit Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Michael Pineda for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +121 and New York at -130. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 10-19-2 over/under record and a 15-16-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Yankees are 13-17-0 against the run line and have a 11-16-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 15-16 record, including 6-11 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 4.65 and a WHIP of 1.58. He has 25 strikeouts over his 31 innings pitched and he has given up 24 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.23. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.69 and they have given up 89 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the bullpen while being struck out 100 times and walking 36 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.26 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 247 base hits and 115 earned runs. They have allowed 34 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 117 batters and struck out 245. They walk 3.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.30.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .254, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .257 average away from home. The Royals hold a .380 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .304 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.55 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .336 and his on-base percentage is at .389. He has 39 hits this season along with 16 runs scored and 16 runs batted in. He's struck out 20 times and has walked 10 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .256 and he has an on-base percentage of .286. He has totaled 34 hits so far while scoring 10 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 6 times and has struck out 20 times. The Royals have 265 hits, including 48 doubles and 25 home runs. They've stolen 24 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 8 times. Kansas City has walked 71 times this season and they've struck out 218 times as a unit. They've left 207 men on base and have a team OPS of .684. They score 3.39 runs per contest and have scored a total of 105 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 8-8 home record and a 12-18 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.73, Michael Pineda has a 1-3 record and a 1.58 WHIP. He has 34 strikeouts over the 33 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 43 hits. He has allowed 11.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.07. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.78 and they have given up 77 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 110 times and walking 23 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 9.13 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.06 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.20. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 267 base knocks and 123 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 38 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 67 hitters and struck out 265. 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 3.81.
As a team, they are batting .233, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .248 average at home. The Yankees hold a .369 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .302 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 26th in baseball with 7.63 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 .202 and he has an OBP of .325. 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 29 times. The Yankees as a unit have 229 base hits, including 37 doubles and 30 homers. They have 23 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. New York as a team has walked 92 times this year and they have struck out 212 times. They've had 191 men left on base and have an OPS of .670. They score 3.57 runs per game and have totaled 107 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 10-19-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 15-16-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 11-16-3 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 13-17-0 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
05/09/16 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Hip "?" Tuesday 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)
04/03/16 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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