Friday, July 8, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Yordano Ventura
The Seattle Mariners visit Kauffman Stadium on Friday to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Hisashi Iwakuma for the Mariners and Yordano Ventura for the Royals. The opening line for this matchup has Seattle at -105 and Kansas City at -105. The over/under was set at 8. The Mariners have a 41-39-5 over/under record and a 43-42-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Royals are 45-39-0 against the run line and have a 37-42-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Mariners head into this matchup with a 43-42 record, including 21-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has a 8-6 record with an earned run average of 4.43 and a WHIP of 1.35. He has 77 strikeouts over his 107.2 innings pitched and he has given up 121 hits so far this season. He has allowed 10.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.67. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.33 and they have given up 233 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .221 against the bullpen while being struck out 307 times and walking 104 times this season. As a team, Seattle has allowed 8.72 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.48 batters per nine. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.93. The Mariners pitchers have collectively given up 737 base hits and 332 earned runs. They have allowed 109 home runs this season and they allow 1.3 homers per nine innings as a staff. Seattle as a pitching staff has walked 253 batters and struck out 717. They walk 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 4.26.
As a team, Seattle is batting .262, good for 12th in the league while putting together a .266 average away from home. The Mariners hold a .445 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329 which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 11th in baseball with 9.06 hits per game. Nelson Cruz comes into this game hitting .277 and his on-base percentage is at .363. He has 87 hits this season along with 52 runs scored and 57 runs batted in. He's struck out 87 times and has walked 37 times. Robinson Cano is hitting .308 and he has an on-base percentage of .366. He has totaled 107 hits so far while scoring 60 runs and he's driven in 56. He has walked 28 times and has struck out 55 times. The Mariners have 770 hits, including 133 doubles and 128 home runs. They've stolen 25 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 19 times. Seattle has walked 263 times this season and they've struck out 655 times as a unit. They've left 565 men on base and have a team OPS of .774. They score 4.92 runs per contest and have scored a total of 418 runs so far this year.
Kansas City comes into this matchup with a 27-11 home record and a 43-41 overall mark. With an earned run average of 5.26, Yordano Ventura has a 6-6 record and a 1.45 WHIP. He has 64 strikeouts over the 87.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 88 hits. He has allowed 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.12. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.86 and they have given up 251 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the Royals bullpen while being struck out 276 times and walking 95 times this season. As a team, Kansas City has allowed 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.41 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 706 base knocks and 344 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 112 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 271 hitters and struck out 690. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.32 while their FIP as a staff is 4.51.
As a team, they are batting .272, good for 3rd in the league while putting together a .293 average at home. The Royals hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .319 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 6th in baseball with 9.36 hits per contest. Eric Hosmer comes into this matchup batting .307 and he has an OBP of .364. He has 99 hits this year along with 45 runs scored and 49 RBI. He's struck out 71 times and has walked on 29 occasions. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .336. He has collected 83 hits so far while he's scored 39 runs and drove in 39. He has earned a walk 19 times and has punched out 64 times. The Royals as a unit have 785 base hits, including 145 doubles and 77 homers. They have 49 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 18 times. Kansas City as a team has walked 188 times this year and they have struck out 615 times. They've had 570 men left on base and have an OPS of .728. They score 4 runs per game and have totaled 336 runs so far this season.
Seattle Mariners Betting Trends
The Seattle Mariners are 41-39-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Seattle Mariners are 43-42-0 against the run line so far this season
Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 37-42-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Kansas City Royals are 45-39-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
07/06/16 P Taijuan Walker Foot 15-day DL (7/6)
06/30/16 P Nick Vincent Back 15-day DL (6/27)
06/30/16 C Steve Clevenger Hand 60-day DL (6/29)
06/25/16 P Adrian Sampson Elbow 60-day DL (6/24)
06/01/16 P Felix Hernandez Calf 15-day DL (5/28)
05/04/16 P Tony Zych Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (5/2)
04/04/16 P Charlie Furbush Bicep 60-day DL (3/25)
04/04/16 P Evan Scribner Oblique 60-day DL (3/25)
03/30/16 P Ryan Cook Shoulder 60-day DL (3/12)
Kansas City Royals
07/05/16 P Wade Davis Forearm 15-day DL (7/1)
07/03/16 P Yordano Ventura Ankle left last start, "?" next start
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
05/12/16 P Kris Medlen Shoulder 15-day DL (5/11)
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 Mariners
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