Monday, May 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Nate Karns vs. Blake Snell
The Kansas City Royals visit Tropicana Field on Monday, May 8, 2017 to play the Tampa Bay Rays. The probable starters are Nate Karns for the Royals and Blake Snell for the Rays.
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The opening line for this matchup has Kansas City at +125 and Tampa Bay at -135. The Royals have a 9-19-2 over/under record and a 12-18-0 run line mark. The Rays are 18-15-0 against the run line and have a 17-16-0 over/under record.
Valuable Kansas City Royals Betting Trends
The Kansas City Royals are 9-19-2 against the over/under
The Kansas City Royals are 12-18-0 against the run line
Important Tampa Bay Rays Betting Trends
The Tampa Bay Rays are 17-16-0 against the over/under
The Tampa Bay Rays are 18-15-0 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 Tampa Bay Rays Injuries
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 10-19 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Nate Karns has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 4.97 and a WHIP of 1.21. He has 26 strikeouts over his 29 innings pitched and he's given up 25 hits. He allows 7.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.07. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.88 and they have given up 86 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen and they've struck out 85 hitters and walked 45 batters. As a team, Kansas City allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.95. The Royals pitchers collectively have given up 230 base hits and 114 earned runs. They have allowed 26 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. Kansas City as a pitching staff has walked 104 batters and struck out 225. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 3.92.
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As a team Kansas City is hitting .212, good for 30th in the league. The Royals hold a .336 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .271, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 30th in MLB with 7.0 hits per game. Lorenzo Cain is hitting .277 with an on-base percentage of .392. He has 28 hits this season in 101 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .386 and an OPS+ of 117. Salvador Perez is hitting .245 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .269. He has totaled 25 hits and he has driven in 15 men in 102 at bats. His OPS+ is 97 while his slugging percentage is at .461. The Royals have 202 hits, including 31 doubles and 27 home runs. Kansas City has walked 71 times so far this season and they have struck out 219 times as a unit. They have left 174 men on base and have a team OPS of .608. They score 2.83 runs per contest and have scored a total of 82 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Tampa Bay has a 16-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.45, Blake Snell has a 0-2 record and a 1.53 WHIP. He has 27 strikeouts over the 31.1 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 27 hits. He allows 7.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.98. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 100 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Rays bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 72 batters and walked 40 opposing hitters. As a team, Tampa Bay allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.2 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.65. The Rays pitchers as a team have surrendered 258 base knocks and 115 earned runs this season. They have given up 33 home runs this year, which ranks 17th in Major League Baseball. Tampa Bay as a staff has walked 103 hitters and struck out 226 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.27 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .239, good for 21st in the league. The Rays hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Steven Souza comes into this matchup batting .283 with an OBP of .382. He has 32 hits this year along with 19 RBI in 113 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .460 with an OPS+ of 139. Corey Dickerson is hitting .306 this season and he has an OBP of .353. He has collected 34 hits in 111 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 152 and a slugging percentage of .550. The Rays as a unit have 258 base hits, including 45 doubles and 39 homers. Tampa Bay has walked 135 times this year and they have struck out on 319 occasions. They have had 245 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They have scored 4.34 runs per game and totaled 139 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Royals/Rays MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Rays -135
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