Friday, April 15, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Rich Hill
The Kansas City Royals visit O.co Coliseum on Friday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Rich Hill for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at -116 and Oakland at +106. The over/under was set at 7.5. The Royals have a 1-7-0 over/under record and a 4-4-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 50% of the time. The Athletics are 5-5-0 against the run line and have a 2-7-1 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Royals head into this matchup with a 6-2 record, including 2-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 1.54 and a WHIP of 1.11. He has 15 strikeouts over his 11.2 innings pitched and he has given up 10 hits so far this season. He has allowed 7.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.37. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 2.57 and they have given up 25 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the bullpen while being struck out 39 times and walking 15 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 11 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 2.88. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 64 base hits and 23 earned runs. They have allowed 5 home runs this season and they allow 0.6 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 37 batters and struck out 88. They walk 4.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 11 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 3.26.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .239, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .248 average away from home. The Royals hold a .384 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .285 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 17th in baseball with 8 hits per game. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .333 and his on-base percentage is at .394. He has 10 hits this season along with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. He's struck out 5 times and has walked 3 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .207 and he has an on-base percentage of .303. He has totaled 6 hits so far while scoring 6 runs and he's driven in 4. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 11 times. The Royals have 64 hits, including 10 doubles and 7 home runs. They've stolen 3 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 1 times. Kansas City has walked 19 times this season and they've struck out 63 times as a unit. They've left 54 men on base and have a team OPS of .670. They score 3.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 28 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 1-6 home record and a 4-6 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.12, Rich Hill has a 1-1 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 13 strikeouts over the 8.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 8 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.75. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.22 and they have given up 35 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 28 times and walking 3 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 7.81 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.92 batters per nine. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.07. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 79 base knocks and 31 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 7 home runs this year and they give up 0.7 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 27 hitters and struck out 70. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.17 while their FIP as a staff is 3.75.
As a team, they are batting .215, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .207 average at home. The Athletics hold a .332 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .262 which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 7.3 hits per contest. Josh Reddick comes into this matchup batting .242 and he has an OBP of .324. He has 8 hits this year along with 3 runs scored and 5 RBI. He's struck out 7 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Billy Butler is hitting .167 and he has an OBP of .211. He has collected 3 hits so far. He has earned a walk 1 time and has punched out 3 times. The Athletics as a unit have 73 base hits, including 11 doubles and 9 homers. They have 6 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 0 times. Oakland as a team has walked 20 times this year and they have struck out 82 times. They've had 66 men left on base and have an OPS of .594. They score 2.7 runs per game and have totaled 27 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 1-7-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 4-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 2-7-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 5-5-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
04/10/16 P Mike Minor Shoulder 60-day DL (3/15)
04/04/16 RF Jarrod Dyson Oblique 15-day DL (3/25)
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)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 15-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals
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