Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Yordano Ventura vs. Matt Moore
The Kansas City Royals head to Tropicana Field on Tuesday to take on the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable pitchers are Yordano Ventura for the Royals and Matt Moore for the Rays. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at -102 and Tampa Bay at -108. The over/under is 8. The Royals have a 46-53-5 over/under mark and a 53-51-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Rays are 45-58-0 against the run line and have a 43-53-7 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 49-55 record, and they are 17-36 on the road. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura has a 6-9 record with an ERA of 4.88 and a WHIP of 1.36. He has 86 strikeouts during his 114.1 innings pitched and he has given up 109 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.87. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.44 and they have allowed 324 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the pen while they've been struck out 325 times and walked 120 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.85 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.18 hitters per nine. They are 22nd in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.38. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 898 base hits and 444 earned runs. They have allowed 142 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 329 batters and struck out 830. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.56.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .265, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .248 average on the road. The Royals have a .398 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .315 which is good for 21st in the league. They rank 10th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .280 and his on-base percentage is at .339. He has 110 hits this season along with 52 runs scored and 58 runs batted in. He's struck out 86 times and has walked 35 times. Alcides Escobar is hitting .255 and he has an on-base percentage of .283. He has totaled 109 hits so far while scoring 34 runs and he's driven in 26. He has walked 17 times and has struck out 61 times. The Royals have 935 hits, including 175 doubles and 89 home runs. They've stolen 63 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. Kansas City has walked 241 times this season and they've struck out 757 times as a unit. They've left 683 men on base and have a team OPS of .712. They score 3.88 runs per contest and have scored a total of 404 runs so far this year.
Tampa Bay comes into this game with a 22-30 home mark and a 42-61 overall record. With an ERA of 4.08, Matt Moore has a 7-7 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 109 strikeouts over the 130 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 125 hits. He has allowed 8.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.49. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.54 and they have given up 311 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the Rays bullpen while being struck out 268 times and walking 106 times this season. As a team, Tampa Bay has allowed 8.87 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.45 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 896 base knocks and 431 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 130 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 302 hitters and struck out 853. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.18.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .229 average at home. The Rays hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.06 hits per contest. Logan Forsythe comes into this matchup batting .268 and he has an OBP of .326. He has 81 hits this year along with 43 runs scored and 29 RBI. He's struck out 72 times and has walked on 21 occasions. Evan Longoria is hitting .286 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 115 hits so far while he's scored 53 runs and drove in 58. He has earned a walk 30 times and has punched out 95 times. The Rays as a unit have 830 base hits, including 177 doubles and 134 homers. They have 37 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 23 times. Tampa Bay as a team has walked 302 times this year and they have struck out 928 times. They've had 683 men left on base and have an OPS of .725. They score 3.99 runs per game and have totaled 411 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 46-53-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 53-51-0 against the run line so far this season
Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 43-53-7 against the over/under so far this season
The Tampa Bay Rays are 45-58-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/31/16 P Wade Davis Hip 15-day DL (7/28)
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 15-day DL (7/25)
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
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)
Tampa Bay Rays
07/31/16 RF Oswaldo Arcia Elbow 15-day DL (7/27)
07/29/16 1B Logan Morrison Forearm 15-day DL (7/28)
07/04/16 LF Desmond Jennings Hamstring 15-day DL (7/1)
06/21/16 CF Mike Mahtook Hand 15-day DL (6/21)
04/10/16 P Chase Whitley Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Alex Cobb Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Tony's Pick: Take the Rays
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