Wednesday, July 27, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Shoemaker vs. Danny Duffy
The Los Angeles Angels visit Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Matt Shoemaker for the Angels and Danny Duffy for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at +127 and Kansas City at -137. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels have a 43-54-3 over/under record and a 48-52-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 48% of the time. The Royals are 50-48-0 against the run line and have a 43-50-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 51% of the time.
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The Angels head into this matchup with a 44-55 record, including 22-29 on the road. Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker has a 5-10 record with an earned run average of 3.99 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 115 strikeouts over his 112.2 innings pitched and he has given up 117 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.29. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.85 and they have given up 323 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the bullpen while being struck out 260 times and walking 114 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 7.35 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.45 batters per nine. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.51. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 915 base hits and 430 earned runs. They have allowed 134 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 309 batters and struck out 708. They walk 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.41 and their FIP as a unit is 4.70.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .246, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .252 average away from home. The Angels hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.39 hits per game. Kole Calhoun comes into this game hitting .281 and his on-base percentage is at .364. He has 103 hits this season along with 63 runs scored and 50 runs batted in. He's struck out 71 times and has walked 46 times. Mike Trout is hitting .313 and he has an on-base percentage of .424. He has totaled 110 hits so far while scoring 77 runs and he's driven in 62. He has walked 66 times and has struck out 79 times. The Angels have 892 hits, including 175 doubles and 94 home runs. They've stolen 38 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 20 times. Los Angeles has walked 292 times this season and they've struck out 582 times as a unit. They've left 647 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.6 runs per contest and have scored a total of 455 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 31-18 home record and a 48-50 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.14, Danny Duffy has a 6-1 record and a 1.06 WHIP. He has 105 strikeouts over the 94.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 80 hits. He has allowed 7.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.56. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.19 and they have given up 301 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .239 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 314 times and walking 113 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.68 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.26 batters per nine. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.27. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 832 base knocks and 409 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 132 home runs this year and they give up 1.4 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 314 hitters and struck out 792. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.33 while their FIP as a staff is 4.52.
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 4th in the league while putting together a .285 average at home. The Royals hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 5th in baseball with 9.18 hits per contest. Lorenzo Cain comes into this matchup batting .290 and he has an OBP of .336. He has 83 hits this year along with 39 runs scored and 39 RBI. He's struck out 64 times and has walked on 19 occasions. Eric Hosmer is hitting .291 and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 108 hits so far while he's scored 50 runs and drove in 54. He has earned a walk 33 times and has punched out 81 times. The Royals as a unit have 899 base hits, including 171 doubles and 85 homers. They have 55 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 20 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 229 times this year and they have struck out 724 times. They've had 658 men left on base and have an OPS of .722. They score 3.96 runs per game and have totaled 388 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 43-54-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 48-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 43-50-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 50-48-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
07/20/16 P Nick Tropeano Elbow 15-day DL (7/19)
07/19/16 2B Cliff Pennington Hamstring 60-day DL (6/1)
07/19/16 C Geovany Soto Knee 15-day DL (7/16)
07/09/16 1B C.J. Cron Hand 15-day DL (7/8)
07/06/16 LF Shane Robinson Ankle 15-day DL (7/6)
06/14/16 P Cory Rasmus Groin 60-day DL (6/14)
05/10/16 P Garrett Richards Elbow 60-day DL (5/2)
05/02/16 LF Craig Gentry Back 60-day DL (4/26)
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Elbow 60-day DL (4/4), out for season
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25), out for season
Kansas City Royals
07/24/16 P Yordano Ventura Ribs "?" for next scheduled start
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
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
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)
Josh's Pick: Take the Angels
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