Thursday, June 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Lance McCullers vs. Jason Hammel
The Houston Astros visit Kauffman Stadium on Thursday, June 8, 2017 to play the Kansas City Royals. The probable starters are Lance McCullers for the Astros and Jason Hammel for the Royals.
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The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -180 and Kansas City at +170. The Astros have a 29-24-6 over/under record and a 36-23-0 run line mark. The Royals are 26-31-0 against the run line and have a 22-32-3 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 29-24-6 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 36-23-0 against the run line
Important Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 22-32-3 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 26-31-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
06/06/17 SS Marwin Gonzalez Hand "?" Wednesday vs. Kansas City Royals
05/30/17 P Joe Musgrove Shoulder 10-day DL (05/27)
05/28/17 P Charlie Morton Back 10-day DL (05/25)
04/20/17 P Jandel Gustave Forearm 10-day DL (04/19)
03/31/17 P Collin McHugh Elbow 10-day DL (03/30)
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
06/02/17 RF Paulo Orlando Undisclosed 60-day DL (06/01)
05/29/17 P Danny Duffy Oblique 10-day DL (05/29)
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)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 42-17 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Lance McCullers has a 6-1 record with an earned run average of 2.71 and a WHIP of 1.11. He has 81 strikeouts over his 69.2 innings pitched and he's given up 56 hits. He allows 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.97. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.55 and they have given up 155 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 253 hitters and walked 72 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 2nd in the league in team earned run average at 3.52. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 462 base hits and 209 earned runs. They have allowed 72 home runs this season, ranking them 12th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 178 batters and struck out 598. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.20 and their FIP as a unit is 3.68.
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As a team Houston is hitting .278, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .472 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.6 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .314 with an on-base percentage of .392. He has 65 hits this season in 207 at bats with 40 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .531 and an OPS+ of 156. Jose Altuve is hitting .326 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .393. He has totaled 73 hits and he has driven in 29 men in 224 at bats. His OPS+ is 153 while his slugging percentage is at .518. The Astros have 566 hits, including 107 doubles and 93 home runs. Houston has walked 192 times so far this season and they have struck out 410 times as a unit. They have left 398 men on base and have a team OPS of .818. They score 5.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 326 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Kansas City has a 25-32 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.93, Jason Hammel has a 2-6 record and a 1.60 WHIP. He has 47 strikeouts over the 57.2 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 69 hits. He allows 10.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.55 and they have given up 192 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the Royals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 179 batters and walked 88 opposing hitters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.39. The Royals pitchers as a team have surrendered 501 base knocks and 249 earned runs this season. They have given up 63 home runs this year, which ranks 26th in Major League Baseball. Kansas City as a staff has walked 203 hitters and struck out 444 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 26th in the league. The Royals hold a .383 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .294, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Salvador Perez comes into this matchup batting .264 with an OBP of .298. He has 53 hits this year along with 32 RBI in 201 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .473 with an OPS+ of 102. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .261 this season and he has an OBP of .342. He has collected 54 hits in 207 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .367. The Royals as a unit have 454 base hits, including 82 doubles and 63 homers. Kansas City has walked 140 times this year and they have struck out on 426 occasions. They have had 357 men left on base and have an OPS of .677. They have scored 3.61 runs per game and totaled 206 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Royals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Royals +170
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