Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Young vs. R.A. Dickey
The Kansas City Royals head to Rogers Centre on Tuesday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable pitchers are Chris Young for the Royals and R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays. The opening line for this game has Kansas City at +148 and Toronto at -158. The over/under is 9.5. The Royals have a 36-40-5 over/under mark and a 45-36-0 run line record, meaning they cover 56% of the time. The Blue Jays are 43-41-0 against the run line and have a 34-46-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Royals head into this game with a 43-38 record, and they are 16-27 on the road. Starting pitcher Chris Young has a 2-7 record with an ERA of 6.24 and a WHIP of 1.58. He has 60 strikeouts during his 57.2 innings pitched and he has given up 62 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 9.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 7.56. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.77 and they have allowed 239 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the pen while they've been struck out 263 times and walked 91 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.55 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.29 hitters per nine. They are 13th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.11. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 679 base hits and 326 earned runs. They have allowed 107 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 263 batters and struck out 658. 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 4.51.
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 .413 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .323 which is good for 17th in the league. They rank 2nd in baseball with 9.53 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .303 and his on-base percentage is at .363. He has 94 hits this season along with 43 runs scored and 48 runs batted in. He's struck out 68 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 771 hits, including 143 doubles and 73 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Kansas City has walked 183 times this season and they've struck out 594 times as a unit. They've left 560 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.06 runs per contest and have scored a total of 329 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 21-19 home mark and a 45-39 overall record. With an ERA of 4.21, R.A. Dickey has a 5-9 record and a 1.33 WHIP. He has 70 strikeouts over the 102.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 101 hits. He has allowed 8.9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.3. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.18 and they have given up 234 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 229 times and walking 68 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.45 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.76 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 714 base knocks and 329 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 97 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 242 hitters and struck out 656. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .263 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .438 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 10th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.51 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .298 and he has an OBP of .410. He has 93 hits this year along with 73 runs scored and 56 RBI. He's struck out 64 times and has walked on 56 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .265 and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 82 hits so far while he's scored 54 runs and drove in 76. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 70 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 714 base hits, including 148 doubles and 123 homers. They have 31 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 12 times. Toronto as a team has walked 324 times this year and they have struck out 697 times. They've had 578 men left on base and have an OPS of .768. They score 4.88 runs per game and have totaled 410 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 36-40-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 45-36-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 34-46-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 43-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Kansas City Royals
07/03/16 P Yordano Ventura Ankle left last start, "?" next start
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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