Wednesday, July 6, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Ian Kennedy vs. Marcus Stroman
The Kansas City Royals head to Rogers Centre on Wednesday to take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The probable pitchers are Ian Kennedy for the Royals and Marcus Stroman 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 36-41-5 over/under mark and a 45-37-0 run line record, meaning they cover 55% of the time. The Blue Jays are 44-41-0 against the run line and have a 34-47-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 52% of the time.
The Royals head into this game with a 43-39 record, and they are 16-28 on the road. Starting pitcher Ian Kennedy has a 6-7 record with an ERA of 4.04 and a WHIP of 1.22. He has 93 strikeouts during his 93.2 innings pitched and he has given up 82 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 7.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.21. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 2.81 and they have allowed 241 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the pen while they've been struck out 263 times and walked 93 times this year. As a unit, Kansas City has given up 8.53 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.26 hitters per nine. They are 12th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.13. The Royals pitchers have collectively given up 685 base hits and 332 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 268 batters and struck out 663. 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 4.50.
As a team, Kansas City is hitting .274, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .258 average on the road. The Royals have a .412 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .321 which is good for 18th in the league. They rank 3rd in baseball with 9.46 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this game hitting .303 and his on-base percentage is at .361. He has 95 hits this season along with 44 runs scored and 49 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 775 hits, including 143 doubles and 75 home runs. They've stolen 49 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 18 times. Kansas City has walked 184 times this season and they've struck out 598 times as a unit. They've left 563 men on base and have a team OPS of .733. They score 4.04 runs per contest and have scored a total of 331 runs so far this year.
Toronto comes into this game with a 22-19 home mark and a 46-39 overall record. With an ERA of 5.08, Marcus Stroman has a 6-4 record and a 1.39 WHIP. He has 77 strikeouts over the 108 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 118 hits. He has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.92. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.21 and they have given up 235 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the Blue Jays bullpen while being struck out 230 times and walking 68 times this season. As a team, Toronto has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.72 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.87. The Blue Jays pitchers as a team have surrendered 718 base knocks and 331 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 99 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Toronto as a staff has walked 243 hitters and struck out 660. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 4.17.
As a team, they are batting .249, good for 19th in the league while putting together a .262 average at home. The Blue Jays hold a .436 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.48 hits per contest. Josh Donaldson comes into this matchup batting .298 and he has an OBP of .411. He has 94 hits this year along with 73 runs scored and 58 RBI. He's struck out 64 times and has walked on 57 occasions. Edwin Encarnacion is hitting .264 and he has an OBP of .356. He has collected 83 hits so far while he's scored 54 runs and drove in 76. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 71 times. The Blue Jays as a unit have 720 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 329 times this year and they have struck out 702 times. They've had 582 men left on base and have an OPS of .767. They score 4.89 runs per game and have totaled 416 runs so far this season.
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 36-41-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 45-37-0 against the run line so far this season
Toronto Blue Jays Betting Trends
The Toronto Blue Jays are 34-47-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Toronto Blue Jays are 44-41-0 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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Jays
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