Friday, May 5, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Josh Tomlin vs. Jason Hammel
Kauffman Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals on Friday, May 5, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Josh Tomlin for the Indians and Jason Hammel for the Royals.
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Cleveland opens at -122 while Kansas City opens at +112. The Indians have a 9-16-2 over/under record and a 9-18-0 run line mark. The Royals are 10-16-0 against the run line and have a 8-16-2 over/under record.
Valuable Cleveland Indians Betting Trends
The Cleveland Indians are 9-16-2 against the over/under
The Cleveland Indians are 9-18-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 8-16-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 10-16-0 against the run line
Key Cleveland Indians Injuries
05/03/17 P Corey Kluber Back 10-day DL (5/3)
05/03/17 CF Austin Jackson Toe 10-day DL (5/2)
04/09/17 P Cody Anderson Elbow 60-day DL (4/2)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
04/02/17 3B Hunter Dozier Oblique 60-day DL (4/2)
04/02/17 LF Jorge Soler Oblique 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Brian Flynn Ribs 60-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Indians have a 15-12 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin has a 2-3 record with an earned run average of 8.87 and a WHIP of 1.76. He has 17 strikeouts over his 23.1 innings pitched and he's given up 38 hits. He allows 14.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.77. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.91 and they have given up 64 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .215 against the bullpen and they've struck out 96 hitters and walked 29 batters. As a team, Cleveland allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Indians pitchers collectively have given up 222 base hits and 108 earned runs. They have allowed 26 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Cleveland as a pitching staff has walked 79 batters and struck out 266. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.31.
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As a team Cleveland is hitting .247, good for 15th in the league. The Indians hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Francisco Lindor is hitting .302 with an on-base percentage of .372. He has 32 hits this season in 106 at bats with 17 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .604 and an OPS+ of 157. Carlos Santana is hitting .216 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .320. He has totaled 24 hits and he has driven in 16 men in 111 at bats. His OPS+ is 79 while his slugging percentage is at .342. The Indians have 223 hits, including 46 doubles and 30 home runs. Cleveland has walked 106 times so far this season and they have struck out 212 times as a unit. They have left 193 men on base and have a team OPS of .735. They score 4.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 123 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 9-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 6.65, Jason Hammel has a 0-3 record and a 1.94 WHIP. He has 19 strikeouts over the 21.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 29 hits. He allows 12 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.97. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.10 and they have given up 74 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 70 batters and walked 42 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.02. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 206 base knocks and 104 earned runs this season. They have given up 21 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 96 hitters and struck out 197 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .214, good for 30th in the league. The Royals hold a .341 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .274, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 7.0 hits per contest. Lorenzo Cain comes into this matchup batting .264 with an OBP of .380. He has 24 hits this year along with 6 RBI in 91 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .363 with an OPS+ of 108. Salvador Perez is hitting .247 this season and he has an OBP of .268. He has collected 23 hits in 93 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 104 and a slugging percentage of .484. The Royals as a unit have 183 base hits, including 25 doubles and 26 homers. Kansas City has walked 65 times this year and they have struck out on 195 occasions. They have had 156 men left on base and have an OPS of .615. They have scored 2.88 runs per game and totaled 75 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Indians/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Royals +112
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