Sunday, May 21, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Jason Hammel vs. Phil Hughes
The Kansas City Royals visit Target Field on Sunday, May 21, 2017 to play the Minnesota Twins. The probable starters are Jason Hammel for the Royals and Phil Hughes for the Twins.
The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +100 and Minnesota at -110. The Royals have a 14-25-2 over/under record and a 18-23-0 run line mark. The Twins are 21-17-0 against the run line and have a 16-18-4 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 14-25-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 18-23-0 against the run line
Important Minnesota Twins Betting Trends
The Minnesota Twins are 16-18-4 against the over/under
The Minnesota Twins are 21-17-0 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 17-24 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jason Hammel has a 1-5 record with an earned run average of 6.20 and a WHIP of 1.75. He has 31 strikeouts over his 40.2 innings pitched and he's given up 54 hits. He allows 12 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.9. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.95 and they have given up 129 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the bullpen and they've struck out 127 hitters and walked 68 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.16. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 352 base hits and 171 earned runs. They have allowed 42 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 145 batters and struck out 331. 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 4.00.
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As a team Kansas City is hitting .228, good for 28th in the league. The Royals hold a .357 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .290, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .287 with an on-base percentage of .380. He has 41 hits this season in 143 at bats with 9 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .378 and an OPS+ of 108. Salvador Perez is hitting .275 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .314. He has totaled 39 hits and he has driven in 23 men in 142 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .493. The Royals have 312 hits, including 49 doubles and 40 home runs. Kansas City has walked 107 times so far this season and they have struck out 314 times as a unit. They have left 262 men on base and have a team OPS of .647. They score 3.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 135 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Minnesota has a 21-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.23, Phil Hughes has a 4-2 record and a 1.47 WHIP. He has 26 strikeouts over the 43 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 54 hits. He allows 11.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.64. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.42 and they have given up 124 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Twins bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 111 batters and walked 51 opposing hitters. As a team, Minnesota allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.8 batters per nine innings. They are 15th in the league in team earned run average at 4.17. The Twins pitchers as a team have surrendered 314 base knocks and 157 earned runs this season. They have given up 48 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. Minnesota as a staff has walked 129 hitters and struck out 257 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 6.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 4.67.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 18th in the league. The Twins hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Jorge Polanco comes into this matchup batting .248 with an OBP of .301. He has 32 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 129 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .364 with an OPS+ of 83. Max Kepler is hitting .252 this season and he has an OBP of .348. He has collected 30 hits in 119 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 110 and a slugging percentage of .412. The Twins as a unit have 306 base hits, including 63 doubles and 43 homers. Minnesota has walked 157 times this year and they have struck out on 303 occasions. They have had 272 men left on base and have an OPS of .731. They have scored 4.34 runs per game and totaled 165 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Twins MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Twins -110
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