Monday, July 4, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Edinson Volquez vs. Aaron Sanchez
The Kansas City Royals head to Rogers Centre on Monday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable pitchers are Edinson Volquez for the Royals and Aaron Sanchez for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +160 and Toronto at -170. The over/under is 9. The Royals have a 35-40-5 over/under mark and a 45-35-0 run line record, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Blue Jays are 42-41-0 against the run line and have a 33-46-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
The Royals head into this game with a 43-37 record, and they are 16-26 on the road. Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has a 7-7 record with an ERA of 4.80 and a WHIP of 1.43. He has 77 strikeouts during his 99.1 innings pitched and he has given up 105 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.13. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.72 and they have allowed 232 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the pen while they've been struck out 260 times and walked 90 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.51 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.33 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.06. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 668 base hits and 319 earned runs. They have allowed 104 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 262 batters and struck out 654. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.47.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .276, good for 2nd in the league while putting together a .261 average on the road. The Royals have a .414 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .324 which is good for 17th in the league. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.56 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .304 and his on-base percentage is at .364. He has 93 hits this season along with 43 runs scored and 48 runs batted in. He's struck out 67 times and has walked 29 times. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .290 and he has an on-base percentage of .336. He has totaled 83 hits so far while scoring 39 runs and he's driven in 39. He has walked 19 times and has struck out 64 times. The Royals have 764 hits, including 143 doubles and 72 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Kansas City has walked 180 times this season and they've struck out 583 times as a unit. They've left 553 men on base and have a team OPS of .737. They score 4.09 runs per contest and have scored a total of 327 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 20-19 home mark and a 44-39 overall record. With an ERA of 3.08, Aaron Sanchez has a 8-1 record and a 1.23 WHIP. He has 96 strikeouts over the 105.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 96 hits. He has allowed 8.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.45. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.22 and they have given up 234 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .259 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 226 times and walking 68 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.49 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.69 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 709 base knocks and 328 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 97 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 242 hitters and struck out 642. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.20.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 22nd in the league while putting together a .258 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328 which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 21st in baseball with 8.4 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .289 and he has an OBP of .401. He has 89 hits this year along with 69 runs scored and 55 RBI. He's struck out 64 times and has walked on 54 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .262 and he has an OBP of .358. He has collected 80 hits so far while he's scored 52 runs and drove in 73. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 69 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 696 base hits, including 143 doubles and 120 homers. They have 31 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 11 times. Toronto as a team has walked 314 times this year and they have struck out 692 times. They've had 566 men left on base and have an OPS of .760. They score 4.73 runs per game and have totaled 393 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 35-40-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 45-35-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 33-46-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 42-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/03/16 C Salvador Perez Rest is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Philadelphia Phillies
06/29/16 CF Lorenzo Cain Hamstring 15-day DL (6/29)
05/26/16 3B Mike Moustakas Knee 60-day DL (5/23); out for season
05/12/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/11)
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)
Toronto Blue Jays
07/03/16 P Marco Estrada Back "?" for next scheduled start
07/02/16 2B Ryan Goins Forearm 15-day DL (7/2)
06/27/16 P Gavin Floyd Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
06/17/16 RF Jose Bautista Toe 15-day DL (6/17)
04/22/16 1B Chris Colabello Suspension expected to miss 80 games
04/10/16 P Franklin Morales Arm 60-day DL (4/7)
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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