Wednesday, May 31, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Matt Boyd vs. Ian Kennedy
The Detroit Tigers visit Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Matt Boyd for the Tigers and Ian Kennedy for the Royals.
The opening line for this matchup has Detroit at +116 and Kansas City at -126. The Tigers have a 27-22-2 over/under record and a 24-27-0 run line mark. The Royals are 22-28-0 against the run line and have a 19-29-2 over/under record.
Valuable Detroit Tigers Betting Trends
The Detroit Tigers are 27-22-2 against the over/under
The Detroit Tigers are 24-27-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 19-29-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 22-28-0 against the run line
Key Detroit Tigers Injuries
05/27/17 2B Ian Kinsler Hamstring 10-day DL (05/27)
05/26/17 C James McCann Hand 10-day DL (05/26)
05/12/17 RF Jim Adduci Oblique 10-day DL (05/11)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
05/29/17 P Danny Duffy Oblique 10-day DL (05/28)
05/28/17 P Scott Alexander Hamstring 10-day DL (05/08)
05/28/17 P Brian Flynn Back 60-day DL (02/15)
05/24/17 P Nathan Karns Arm 10-day DL (05/21)
04/02/17 3B Hunter Dozier Oblique 60-day DL (04/02)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Tigers have a 24-27 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Matt Boyd has a 2-5 record with an earned run average of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.74. He has 36 strikeouts over his 51.2 innings pitched and he's given up 67 hits. He allows 11.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.73. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.34 and they have given up 153 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .253 against the bullpen and they've struck out 150 hitters and walked 67 batters. As a team, Detroit allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.75. The Tigers pitchers collectively have given up 472 base hits and 237 earned runs. They have allowed 72 home runs this season, ranking them 5th in the league. Detroit as a pitching staff has walked 177 batters and struck out 391. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.68.
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As a team Detroit is hitting .242, good for 22nd in the league. The Tigers hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 11th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .266 with an on-base percentage of .374. He has 37 hits this season in 139 at bats with 22 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .417 and an OPS+ of 119. Victor Martinez is hitting .262 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .344. He has totaled 44 hits and he has driven in 27 men in 168 at bats. His OPS+ is 100 while his slugging percentage is at .381. The Tigers have 415 hits, including 85 doubles and 60 home runs. Detroit has walked 203 times so far this season and they have struck out 448 times as a unit. They have left 349 men on base and have a team OPS of .737. They score 4.69 runs per contest and have scored a total of 239 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 21-29 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.43, Ian Kennedy has a 0-4 record and a 1.15 WHIP. He has 36 strikeouts over the 42.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 29 hits. He allows 6.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.25. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.86 and they have given up 167 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .256 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 160 batters and walked 81 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 439 base knocks and 218 earned runs this season. They have given up 55 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 183 hitters and struck out 399 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.39 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.
As a team, they are batting .230, good for 28th in the league. The Royals hold a .376 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .291, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 29th in MLB with 7.7 hits per contest. Salvador Perez comes into this matchup batting .267 with an OBP of .305. He has 47 hits this year along with 29 RBI in 176 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .494 with an OPS+ of 112. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .258 this season and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 46 hits in 178 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 93 and a slugging percentage of .354. The Royals as a unit have 383 base hits, including 62 doubles and 58 homers. Kansas City has walked 130 times this year and they have struck out on 377 occasions. They have had 312 men left on base and have an OPS of .667. They have scored 3.44 runs per game and totaled 172 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers +116
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