Thursday, August 18, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Tyler Duffey vs. Dillon Gee
The Minnesota Twins head to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Tyler Duffey for the Twins and Dillon Gee for the Royals. The opening line for this game has Minnesota at +100 and Kansas City at -110. The over/under is 9. The Twins have a 72-41-6 over/under mark and a 62-57-0 run line record, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Royals are 64-55-0 against the run line and have a 50-63-6 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Twins head into this game with a 48-71 record, and they are 23-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Tyler Duffey has a 8-8 record with an ERA of 5.71 and a WHIP of 1.45. He has 90 strikeouts during his 108.2 innings pitched and he has given up 133 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 11 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.55. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.27 and they have allowed 431 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .266 against the pen while they've been struck out 385 times and walked 130 times this year. As a unit, Minnesota has given up 10.09 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.37 hitters per nine. They are 28th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.91. The Twins pitchers have collectively given up 1,187 base hits and 577 earned runs. They have allowed 162 home runs this season and they allow 1.4 homers per nine innings as a staff. Minnesota as a pitching staff has walked 312 batters and struck out 867. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.45.
As a team, Minnesota is hitting .257, good for 14th in the league while putting together a .257 average on the road. The Twins have a .429 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .322 which is good for 16th in the league. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.92 hits per contest. Joe Mauer comes into this game hitting .284 and his on-base percentage is at .384. He has 117 hits this season along with 62 runs scored and 44 runs batted in. He's struck out 76 times and has walked 67 times. Brian Dozier is hitting .265 and he has an on-base percentage of .339. He has totaled 117 hits so far while scoring 70 runs and he's driven in 70. He has walked 45 times and has struck out 83 times. The Twins have 1,062 hits, including 218 doubles and 145 home runs. They've stolen 75 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 24 times. Minnesota has walked 375 times this season and they've struck out 1,010 times as a unit. They've left 835 men on base and have a team OPS of .751. They score 4.59 runs per contest and have scored a total of 546 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 36-21 home mark and a 59-60 overall record. With an ERA of 4.78, Dillon Gee has a 4-6 record and a 1.57 WHIP. He has 70 strikeouts over the 86.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 107 hits. He has allowed 11.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.36. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.31 and they have given up 353 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 374 times and walking 132 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.65 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.21 batters per nine. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,011 base knocks and 487 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 159 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 372 hitters and struck out 959. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.47.
As a team, they are batting .263, good for 6th in the league while putting together a .279 average at home. The Royals hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 7th in baseball with 9 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .271 and he has an OBP of .327. He has 123 hits this year along with 56 runs scored and 67 RBI. He's struck out 98 times and has walked on 38 occasions. Alcides Escobar is hitting .260 and he has an OBP of .288. He has collected 126 hits so far while he's scored 42 runs and drove in 33. He has earned a walk 20 times and has punched out 67 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,070 base hits, including 196 doubles and 102 homers. They have 74 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 23 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 270 times this year and they have struck out 884 times. They've had 783 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They score 3.92 runs per game and have totaled 466 runs so far this season.
Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 72-41-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Minnesota Twins are 62-57-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 50-63-6 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 64-55-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
08/16/16 3B Miguel Sano Elbow "?" Wednesday vs. Atlanta Braves
08/13/16 P Tommy Milone Bicep 15-day DL (8/11)
08/11/16 P Trevor May Back 15-day DL (8/7)
06/10/16 P Phil Hughes Knee 60-day DL (6/10); out for season
04/13/16 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/11); out for season
Kansas City Royals
07/31/16 P Wade Davis Hip 15-day DL (7/30)
07/29/16 P Luke Hochevar Shoulder 15-day DL (7/25)
07/19/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 60-day DL (5/11)
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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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