Sunday, April 17, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Nick Tropeano vs. Kyle Gibson
The Los Angeles Angels visit Target Field on Sunday to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Nick Tropeano for the Angels and Kyle Gibson for the Twins. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles at -110 and Minnesota at +100. The over/under was set at 8.5. The Angels have a 4-6-1 over/under record and a 7-4-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 64% of the time. The Twins are 4-6-0 against the run line and have a 1-9-0 over/under record. They cover the spread 40% of the time.
The Angels head into this matchup with a 5-5 record, including 3-1 on the road. Starting pitcher Nick Tropeano has a 1-0 record with an earned run average of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.60. He has 6 strikeouts over his 5 innings pitched and he has given up 6 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.96. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.98 and they have given up 23 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .198 against the bullpen while being struck out 24 times and walking 10 times this season. As a team, Los Angeles has allowed 6.61 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.53 batters per nine. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.21. The Angels pitchers have collectively given up 79 base hits and 38 earned runs. They have allowed 11 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Los Angeles as a pitching staff has walked 27 batters and struck out 77. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.19 and their FIP as a unit is 4.08.
As a team, Los Angeles is batting .277, good for 8th in the league while putting together a .288 average away from home. The Angels hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .334 which is good for 9th in baseball. They rank 4th in baseball with 9.91 hits per game. Mike Trout comes into this game hitting .229 and his on-base percentage is at .333. He has 8 hits this season along with 4 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. He's struck out 11 times and has walked 6 times. Albert Pujols is hitting .216 and he has an on-base percentage of .293. He has totaled 8 hits so far while scoring 3 runs and he's driven in 8. He has walked 4 times and has struck out 6 times. The Angels have 76 hits, including 16 doubles and 5 home runs. They've stolen 2 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 1 times. Los Angeles has walked 33 times this season and they've struck out 52 times as a unit. They've left 67 men on base and have a team OPS of .647. They score 3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 30 runs so far this year.
Minnesota comes into this matchup with a 1-3 home record and a 1-9 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.22, Kyle Gibson has a 0-2 record and a 1.97 WHIP. He has 6 strikeouts over the 10.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 13 hits. He has allowed 11 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.78. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.52 and they have given up 33 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the Twins bullpen while being struck out 33 times and walking 18 times this season. As a team, Minnesota has allowed 9.28 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.03 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 89 base knocks and 35 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 11 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a staff has walked 33 hitters and struck out 77. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.21.
As a team, they are batting .206, good for 28th in the league while putting together a .179 average at home. The Twins hold a .311 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .284 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 27th in baseball with 6.7 hits per contest. Brian Dozier comes into this matchup batting .152 and he has an OBP of .263. He has 5 hits this year along with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He's struck out 9 times and has walked on 5 occasions. Joe Mauer is hitting .371 and he has an OBP of .465. He has collected 13 hits so far while he's scored 4 runs and drove in 3. He has earned a walk 6 times and has punched out 4 times. The Twins as a unit have 67 base hits, including 18 doubles and 4 homers. They have 5 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 4 times. Minnesota as a team has walked 31 times this year and they have struck out 101 times. They've had 77 men left on base and have an OPS of .595. They score 1.9 runs per game and have totaled 19 runs so far this season.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Angels are 4-6-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Los Angeles Angels are 7-4-0 against the run line so far this season
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 1-9-0 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 4-6-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
Los Angeles Angels
04/06/16 P Andrew Heaney Shoulder 15-day DL (4/4)
04/03/16 P C.J. Wilson Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 P Tyler Skaggs Elbow out indefinitely
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 15-day DL (4/11)
04/10/16 CF Danny Santana Hamstring 15-day DL (4/10)
Guy's Pick: Take the Angels
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