Monday, August 29, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Michael Pineda vs. Dillon Gee
The New York Yankees visit Kauffman Stadium on Monday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Michael Pineda for the Yankees and Dillon Gee for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has New York at -120 and Kansas City at +110. The over/under was set at 9.5. The Yankees have a 56-63-9 over/under record and a 63-65-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Royals are 70-59-0 against the run line and have a 52-69-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Yankees head into this matchup with a 67-61 record, including 30-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Michael Pineda has a 6-10 record with an earned run average of 5.02 and a WHIP of 1.35. He has 160 strikeouts over his 141.2 innings pitched and he has given up 151 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.86. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.48 and they have given up 318 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .218 against the bullpen while being struck out 457 times and walking 123 times this season. As a team, New York has allowed 8.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.97 batters per nine. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Yankees pitchers have collectively given up 1,076 base hits and 528 earned runs. They have allowed 166 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 325 batters and struck out 1,124. They walk 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.05.
As a team, New York is batting .254, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .251 average away from home. The Yankees hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315 which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.58 hits per game. Brett Gardner comes into this game hitting .259 and his on-base percentage is at .346. He has 110 hits this season along with 64 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He's struck out 88 times and has walked 53 times. Didi Gregorius is hitting .285 and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 127 hits so far while scoring 56 runs and he's driven in 58. He has walked 15 times and has struck out 68 times. The Yankees have 1,098 hits, including 195 doubles and 146 home runs. They've stolen 59 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. New York has walked 365 times this season and they've struck out 926 times as a unit. They've left 855 men on base and have a team OPS of .723. They score 4.31 runs per contest and have scored a total of 552 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 40-21 home record and a 67-62 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.55, Dillon Gee has a 5-7 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 80 strikeouts over the 99 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 117 hits. He has allowed 10.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.06. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.11 and they have given up 372 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 402 times and walking 140 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.18 batters per nine. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.01. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,090 base knocks and 508 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 165 home runs this year and they give up 1.3 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Kansas City as a staff has walked 392 hitters and struck out 1,037. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.37.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 7th in the league while putting together a .280 average at home. The Royals hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312 which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 8th in baseball with 8.95 hits per contest. Alcides Escobar comes into this matchup batting .265 and he has an OBP of .295. He has 138 hits this year along with 46 runs scored and 38 RBI. He's struck out 71 times and has walked on 23 occasions. Eric Hosmer is hitting .274 and he has an OBP of .335. He has collected 134 hits so far while he's scored 62 runs and drove in 76. He has earned a walk 45 times and has punched out 104 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,154 base hits, including 219 doubles and 114 homers. They have 81 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 302 times this year and they have struck out 962 times. They've had 851 men left on base and have an OPS of .712. They score 3.95 runs per game and have totaled 510 runs so far this season.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 56-63-9 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 63-65-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 52-69-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 70-59-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
08/13/16 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 15-day DL (8/11)
05/31/16 LF Dustin Ackley Shoulder 60-day DL (5/29), out for season
03/31/16 P Bryan Mitchell Toe 60-day DL (3/31)
03/31/16 1B Gregory Bird Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25); 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); out for season
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)
Tony's Pick: Take the Yankees
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