Sunday, July 31, 2016
Globe Life Park
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Probable Pitchers: Dillon Gee vs. Lucas Harrell
The Kansas City Royals visit Globe Life Park on Sunday to play the Texas Rangers. The probable starters are Dillon Gee for the Royals and Lucas Harrell for the Rangers. The Royals have a 46-51-5 over/under record and a 52-50-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Rangers are 57-47-0 against the run line and have a 55-44-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Royals head into this matchup with a 49-53 record, including 17-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee has a 3-4 record with an earned run average of 4.54 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 55 strikeouts over his 67.1 innings pitched and he has given up 85 hits so far this season. He has allowed 11.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.98. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.42 and they have given up 320 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the bullpen while being struck out 322 times and walking 119 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.84 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 881 base hits and 437 earned runs. They have allowed 139 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 327 batters and struck out 817. They walk 3.3 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 4.56.
As a team, Kansas City is batting .266, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .251 average away from home. The Royals hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 9.09 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain comes into this game hitting .288 and his on-base percentage is at .338. He has 83 hits this season along with 40 runs scored and 39 runs batted in. He's struck out 64 times and has walked 20 times. Eric Hosmer is hitting .282 and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 109 hits so far while scoring 51 runs and he's driven in 56. He has walked 34 times and has struck out 83 times. The Royals have 926 hits, including 175 doubles and 87 home runs. They've stolen 59 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. Kansas City has walked 235 times this season and they've struck out 747 times as a unit. They've left 676 men on base and have a team OPS of .716. They score 3.92 runs per contest and have scored a total of 400 runs so far this year.
Texas comes into this matchup with a 32-17 home record and a 60-44 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.38, Lucas Harrell has a 2-2 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 21 strikeouts over the 29.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 25 hits. He has allowed 7.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.68. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.86 and they have given up 358 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .273 against the Rangers bullpen while being struck out 259 times and walking 121 times this season. As a team, Texas has allowed 9.16 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.65 batters per nine. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.40. The Rangers pitchers as a team have surrendered 942 base knocks and 453 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 135 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Texas as a staff has walked 345 hitters and struck out 684. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.79.
As a team, they are batting .264, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .281 average at home. The Rangers hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322 which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 10th in baseball with 9.01 hits per contest. Nomar Mazara comes into this matchup batting .282 and he has an OBP of .334. He has 100 hits this year along with 42 runs scored and 41 RBI. He's struck out 67 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Ian Desmond is hitting .306 and he has an OBP of .358. He has collected 125 hits so far while he's scored 75 runs and drove in 63. He has earned a walk 31 times and has punched out 108 times. The Rangers as a unit have 937 base hits, including 160 doubles and 136 homers. They have 60 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 24 times. Texas as a team has walked 272 times this year and they have struck out 777 times. They've had 651 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They score 4.79 runs per game and have totaled 498 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 46-51-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 52-50-0 against the run line so far this season
Texas Rangers Betting Trends
The Texas Rangers are 55-44-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Texas Rangers are 57-47-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
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)
07/20/16 DH Prince Fielder Neck 15-day DL (7/19), out for season
07/20/16 RF Shin-Soo Choo Back 15-day DL (7/20)
07/07/16 C Bryan Holaday Thumb 60-day DL (7/5)
06/26/16 P Colby Lewis Back 60-day DL (6/22)
06/22/16 P Derek Holland Shoulder 60-day DL (6/21)
05/28/16 P Tanner Scheppers Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
05/24/16 CF Drew Stubbs Toe 60-day DL (5/23)
04/04/16 RF Josh Hamilton Knee 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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