Monday, May 9, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Young vs. Ivan Nova
The Kansas City Royals visit Yankee Stadium on Monday to play the New York Yankees. The probable starters are Chris Young for the Royals and Ivan Nova for the Yankees. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +100 and New York at -110. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Royals have a 8-19-2 over/under record and a 14-15-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Yankees are 12-16-0 against the run line and have a 10-15-3 over/under record. They cover the spread 43% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 15-14 record, including 6-9 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Young has a 1-4 record with an earned run average of 5.76 and a WHIP of 1.45. He has 29 strikeouts over his 29.2 innings pitched and he has given up 32 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.74. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.85 and they have given up 85 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the bullpen while being struck out 93 times and walking 35 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.18 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.25 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.70. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 230 base hits and 104 earned runs. They have allowed 27 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 112 batters and struck out 232. They walk 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 4.08.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .252, good for 13th in the league while putting together a .252 average away from home. The Royals hold a .372 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .303 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 12th in baseball with 8.45 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .327 and his on-base percentage is at .373. He has 36 hits this season along with 14 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. He's struck out 20 times and has walked 8 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .266 and he has an on-base percentage of .298. 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 245 hits, including 43 doubles and 22 home runs. They've stolen 23 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 7 times. Kansas City has walked 68 times this season and they've struck out 204 times as a unit. They've left 196 men on base and have a team OPS of .675. They score 3.38 runs per contest and have scored a total of 98 runs so far this year.
New York comes into this matchup with a 7-7 home record and a 11-17 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.14, Ivan Nova has a 1-1 record and a 1.21 WHIP. He has 7 strikeouts over the 14 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 16 hits. He has allowed 10.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.65. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.76 and they have given up 71 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Yankees bullpen while being struck out 104 times and walking 22 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 9.17 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.06 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 250 base knocks and 115 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 32 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. New York as a staff has walked 64 hitters and struck out 247. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 3.65.
As a team, they are batting .235, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .254 average at home. The Yankees hold a .359 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 7.75 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 .216 and he has an OBP of .345. 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 25 times. The Yankees as a unit have 217 base hits, including 36 doubles and 24 homers. They have 23 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. New York as a team has walked 90 times this year and they have struck out 200 times. They've had 186 men left on base and have an OPS of .666. They score 3.57 runs per game and have totaled 100 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 8-19-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 14-15-0 against the run line so far this season
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 10-15-3 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 12-16-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
05/07/16 3B Mike Moustakas Hand 15-day DL
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
05/07/16 CF Jacoby Ellsbury Hip "?" Sunday vs. Boston Red Sox
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
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees
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