Thursday, May 11, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Jason Vargas vs. Jake Odorizzi
The Kansas City Royals visit Tropicana Field on Thursday, May 11, 2017 to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Jason Vargas for the Royals and Jake Odorizzi for the Rays.
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The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +107 and Tampa Bay at -117. The Royals have a 11-19-2 over/under record and a 14-18-0 run line mark. The Rays are 18-17-0 against the run line and have a 19-16-0 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 11-19-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 14-18-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 19-16-0 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 18-17-0 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 Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
05/09/17 RF Steven Souza Jr. Thumb "?" Wednesday vs. Kansas City Royals
04/23/17 P Tommy Hunter Calf 10-day DL (4/23)
04/22/17 P Xavier Cedeno Forearm 10-day DL (4/18)
04/14/17 CF Mallex Smith Hamstring 10-day DL (4/14)
04/03/17 P Brad Boxberge Arm 60-day DL (4/1)
04/01/17 3B Matt Duffy Heel 10-day DL (4/1)
04/01/17 P Nathan Eovaldi Elbow 60-day DL (3/8)
04/01/17 C Wilson Ramos Knee 60-day DL (4/1)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Royals have a 12-20 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jason Vargas has a 4-1 record with an earned run average of 1.19 and a WHIP of 0.98. He has 35 strikeouts over his 37.2 innings pitched and he's given up 30 hits. He allows 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.14. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.60 and they have given up 94 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen and they've struck out 103 hitters and walked 49 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.85. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 258 base hits and 124 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 116 batters and struck out 259. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.84.
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As a team Kansas City is hitting .215, good for 30th in the league. The Royals hold a .340 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .278, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 7.1 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .274 with an on-base percentage of .393. He has 31 hits this season in 113 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .372 and an OPS+ of 114. Salvador Perez is hitting .272 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .309. He has totaled 31 hits and he has driven in 18 men in 114 at bats. His OPS+ is 121 while his slugging percentage is at .509. The Royals have 228 hits, including 36 doubles and 30 home runs. Kansas City has walked 85 times so far this season and they have struck out 246 times as a unit. They have left 197 men on base and have a team OPS of .618. They score 3 runs per contest and have scored a total of 96 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 16-19 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.88, Jake Odorizzi has a 2-1 record and a 0.76 WHIP. He has 20 strikeouts over the 25 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 15 hits. He allows 5.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 110 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 79 batters and walked 45 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.1 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.67. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 287 base knocks and 128 earned runs this season. They have given up 37 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 113 hitters and struck out 247 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.14.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 21st in the league. The Rays hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 22nd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Steven Souza comes into this matchup batting .277 with an OBP of .377. He has 33 hits this year along with 19 RBI in 119 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .445 with an OPS+ of 133. Corey Dickerson is hitting .323 this season and he has an OBP of .373. He has collected 40 hits in 124 at bats while driving in 11 runs. He has an OPS+ of 158 and a slugging percentage of .548. The Rays as a unit have 282 base hits, including 48 doubles and 42 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 147 times this year and they have struck out on 360 occasions. They have had 270 men left on base and have an OPS of .722. They have scored 4.26 runs per game and totaled 149 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Royals +107
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