Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Edinson Volquez
The New York Yankees head to Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday to take on the Kansas City Royals. The probable pitchers are Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and Edinson Volquez for the Royals. The opening line for this game has New York at -127 and Kansas City at +117. The over/under is 7.5. The Yankees have a 56-64-9 over/under mark and a 63-66-0 run line record, meaning they cover 49% of the time. The Royals are 71-59-0 against the run line and have a 53-69-8 over/under record. They cover the spread 55% of the time.
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The Yankees head into this game with a 67-62 record, and they are 30-34 on the road. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has a 11-4 record with an ERA of 3.11 and a WHIP of 1.07. He has 142 strikeouts during his 168 innings pitched and he has given up 152 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.23. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.51 and they have allowed 322 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .219 against the pen while they've been struck out 458 times and walked 124 times this year. As a unit, New York has given up 8.6 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.97 hitters per nine. They are 18th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.22. The Yankees pitchers have collectively given up 1,086 base hits and 533 earned runs. They have allowed 168 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. New York as a pitching staff has walked 328 batters and struck out 1,133. 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 4.06.
As a team, New York is hitting .254, good for 18th in the league while putting together a .251 average on the road. The Yankees have a .407 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .314 which is good for 22nd in the league. They rank 19th in baseball with 8.57 hits per contest. Brett Gardner comes into this game hitting .256 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 110 hits this season along with 64 runs scored and 34 runs batted in. He's struck out 90 times and has walked 53 times. Didi Gregorius is hitting .284 and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 128 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 1,106 hits, including 197 doubles and 146 home runs. They've stolen 60 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 16 times. New York has walked 365 times this season and they've struck out 936 times as a unit. They've left 862 men on base and have a team OPS of .722. They score 4.28 runs per contest and have scored a total of 552 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this game with a 40-21 home mark and a 68-62 overall record. With an ERA of 4.88, Edinson Volquez has a 10-10 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 114 strikeouts over the 156.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 170 hits. He has allowed 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.37. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.08 and they have given up 374 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .234 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 406 times and walking 142 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.15 batters per nine. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.00. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,099 base knocks and 511 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 166 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 396 hitters and struck out 1,042. 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 8th 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 .313 which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 9th in baseball with 8.96 hits per contest. Alcides Escobar comes into this matchup batting .265 and he has an OBP of .297. He has 139 hits this year along with 47 runs scored and 39 RBI. He's struck out 71 times and has walked on 24 occasions. Eric Hosmer is hitting .274 and he has an OBP of .337. He has collected 135 hits so far while he's scored 63 runs and drove in 78. He has earned a walk 47 times and has punched out 104 times. The Royals as a unit have 1,164 base hits, including 220 doubles and 115 homers. They have 81 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 26 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 306 times this year and they have struck out 964 times. They've had 857 men left on base and have an OPS of .712. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 520 runs so far this season.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
The New York Yankees are 56-64-9 against the over/under so far this season
The New York Yankees are 63-66-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 53-69-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 71-59-0 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)
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals
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