Friday, May 19, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Nate Karns vs. Hector Santiago
The Kansas City Royals visit Target Field on Friday, May 19, 2017 to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Nate Karns for the Royals and Hector Santiago for the Twins.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +120 and Minnesota at -130. The Royals have a 14-23-2 over/under record and a 16-23-0 run line mark. The Twins are 20-15-0 against the run line and have a 16-15-4 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 14-23-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 16-23-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 16-15-4 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 20-15-0 against the run line
Key Kansas City Royals Injuries
05/06/17 P Ian Kennedy Hamstring 10-day DL (5/5)
04/02/17 3B Hunter Dozier Oblique 60-day DL (4/2)
03/31/17 P Brian Flynn Ribs 60-day DL
Key Minnesota Twins Injuries
04/23/17 P Justin Haley Bicep 10-day DL (4/23)
04/03/17 P Ryan O'Rourke Elbow 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Glen Perkins Shoulder 60-day DL (4/2)
03/11/17 P Trevor May Arm 60-day DL
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 16-23 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Nate Karns has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 4.46 and a WHIP of 1.22. He has 48 strikeouts over his 40.1 innings pitched and he's given up 36 hits. He allows 8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.35. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.92 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .242 against the bullpen and they've struck out 120 hitters and walked 63 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.24. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 335 base hits and 166 earned runs. They have allowed 40 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 138 batters and struck out 311. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.34 and their FIP as a unit is 4.04.
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As a team Kansas City is hitting .228, good for 28th in the league. The Royals hold a .358 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .291, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .299 with an on-base percentage of .395. He has 40 hits this season in 134 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .396 and an OPS+ of 117. Salvador Perez is hitting .276 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .317. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 134 at bats. His OPS+ is 121 while his slugging percentage is at .507. The Royals have 296 hits, including 49 doubles and 38 home runs. Kansas City has walked 103 times so far this season and they have struck out 300 times as a unit. They have left 252 men on base and have a team OPS of .649. They score 3.26 runs per contest and have scored a total of 127 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 19-16 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.80, Hector Santiago has a 4-2 record and a 1.29 WHIP. He has 32 strikeouts over the 45 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 40 hits. He allows 8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.75. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.72 and they have given up 120 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 103 batters and walked 50 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.8 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.31. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 294 base knocks and 149 earned runs this season. They have given up 46 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 122 hitters and struck out 234 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.80.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 21st in the league. The Twins hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.0 hits per contest. Jorge Polanco comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .306. He has 30 hits this year along with 16 RBI in 121 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .364 with an OPS+ of 85. Max Kepler is hitting .248 this season and he has an OBP of .341. He has collected 27 hits in 109 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 105 and a slugging percentage of .404. The Twins as a unit have 280 base hits, including 58 doubles and 41 homers. Minnesota has walked 143 times this year and they have struck out on 284 occasions. They have had 242 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They have scored 4.51 runs per game and totaled 158 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +120
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